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November Greetings & December Happenings

November Greetings & December Happenings

November Greetings & December Happenings

Mike Slein - resized
November 22, 2021
Dear Fellow Members.
November is a month of reflections on the past year and of happy anticipation of the holiday season and the fast-approaching New Year.
You will recall that some weeks ago I shared that I will be stepping down from the role of President of the Museum’s Board of Directors after seven very gratifying years of service. While I will be passing the leadership reigns to a colleague, I will remain on the Board and continue to volunteer, including as a Docent at our Interpretive Center. You can be assured of a very smooth transition as the organization moves forward.
Today, I am very pleased to share that your new Board President, effective January 1, 2022, will be my longtime fellow board member and our current Treasurer, Deanna Conheeny. Early in the New Year, Deanna will be back in touch to announce the full slate of Museum officers and board.
Please read on for a number of other announcements, including an invitation to our Interpretive Center Docent-volunteers  — current, past and prospective — to join our Board of Directors on Tues. Dec. 7 for an informal holiday reception at Hibernian Hall in Newport. Please read on for the details and link to RSVP.
With my warmest wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, and my gratitude for your continued support of the Museum and its Mission,
Mike
Mike Slein
President, Board of Directors
(401) 855-5097 – mobile
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DOOLEY BOOK LAUNCH DEC. 5
Dooley Noted
book cover - Dooley Noted
We offer our warmest congratulations to long-time Museum member, past Crowley Lecture Series guest speaker, author, Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame Inductee and good friend, Ken Dooley on his latest project.
Ken’s new book, Dooley Noted, an autobiographical tribute to the notable people and events that have shaped Ken’s long and interesting life, will be launched on Sunday, December 5 from 1:00- 3:00 p.m. at The Beatrice Hotel, 80 Westminster Street, Providence. All Museum members and friends are invited to attend.
Copies of Ken’s book, published by Heritage Harbor Foundation, will be available for signature and sale at the reception ($24.95), and all proceeds will benefit Rhode Island non-profits. The book may also be purchased online at KenDooley.org by clicking the below button. If you have questions for Ken about the Dec. 5 event or his book, please click the below button to reach him.

“At age ninety, Ken Dooley, noted Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame playwright, author, publisher, political consultant, and raconteur decided, with a nudge from his admirers, to compose a series of brief essays recounting his varied life experiences. His observations, based on first-hand involvement, bear the appropriate title Dooley Noted. His insightful recollections are notable indeed! During his long and eventful career, Ken has encountered the famous and infamous, the literati, scholars, athletes, politicians, clergy, the military, and those who led an ordinary life, except for an extraordinary encounter with Mr. Dooley.”
 — Dr. Patrick T. Conley, Historian Laureate of Rhode Island.
CALLING ALL MUSEUM DOCENTS & BOARD MEMBERS ON DEC. 7
The Museum Board of Directors warmly invites all Interpretive Center Docent-volunteers — current, past and prospective to join them on Tues. Dec. 7 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. for an informal holiday reception at Ancient Order of Hibernian Hall, 2 Wellington Avenue in Newport.
Together, we will kick-off the holiday season and recognize you for your dedicated service to the organization. We could not operate the Interpretive Center without you!
Hearty refreshments will be provided, and each docent will receive two tickets for complimentary beverages from the bar. Docents are invited to attend along with their spouse/guest/significant other.
*Reservations are requested for
Docents AND Board members*
The board recognizes that some of our wonderful past docents were unable to volunteer over the last year, due to Covid concerns or other conflicts. We hope you will consider volunteering once again, if you are able. We hope to see you on Dec. 7.
This invitation also extends to any Museum member who would like to learn more about becoming a docent-volunteer to support our operations when we reopen in the spring. Come meet the Board members and other Docents! Our Docent-volunteers are a terrific group of folks and ambassadors to the community at-large. They have educated and entertained thousands of visitors to the Center since it opened in June 2011. We hope you will consider joining us to learn more.
~ All attendees must be fully vaccinated ~
A HOLIDAY TRADITION RETURNS DEC. 11
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We are pleased to share that our annual Christmas Open House at the Museum’s Interpretive Center is back after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. The event is part of the 51st Annual Christmas In Newport calendar of events, and we hope that members of the community at-large who have not yet visited the Interpretive Center will stop by.
Event details and contact information may be seen on this page of our website: https://newportirishhistory.org/events-calendar/christmas-open-house/
Highlights to include the guest appearance from 3:30-4:30 pm by the Ancient Order of Hibernian Men Singers, who will sing songs of the season and share Irish oral histories.
~ All attendees must be fully vaccinated ~
GIVING TUESDAY IS NOV. 30
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Established in 2012, Giving Tuesday is global day of generosity, when citizens of the world are encouraged to give back and do good. On Tuesday, November 30, please consider making a financial gift in any amount to the Museum of Newport Irish History or to another non-profit whose Mission you support. 
Whether or not you are in the position to make a financial gift in commemoration of Giving Tuesday, please consider becoming more involved in your community through your priceless donation of Time and Talent, either to the Museum or to another local non-profit.
Learn more about Giving Tuesday by visiting their website: https://www.givingtuesday.org/
To donate NOW to the Museum, click the below link to the “Donate” page on our website:
SUPPORT YOUR FAVORITE CHARITIES
WHEN YOU HOLIDAY SHOP ONLINE
Please remember the Museum and all your favorite charities this holiday shopping season when you shop online. Did you know that you can easily support non-profits  — at no cost to you or to them  — when you shop on Amazon?
 
Amazon will donate a small percentage of eligible purchases to a designated charity, including the Museum of Newport Irish History —through its AmazonSmile program.
Visit smile.amazon.com and sign in with your Amazon credentials, then select “Museum of Newport Irish History Inc.” or another charity of choice. You can also click the below graphic. You can change the charity each time you use the Smile.Amazon.com portal.
Whether you choose to support the Museum or another non-profit through your Amazon holiday shopping, please remember to use the Amazon Smile portal to make your purchases. Think of the collective impact Amazon shoppers can have if a non-profit is designated each time they shop!
Museum of Newport Irish History
Mailing Address:
PO Box 1378, Newport, RI 02840
Interpretive Center Location:
648 Lower Thames Street, Newport RI 02840
Email:

Museum Board of Directors:
The MISSION of the Museum of Newport Irish History is to tell the story of the Irish immigrants and their descendants in Newport County and the surrounding area from the Colonial era to the present. It also seeks to preserve artifacts and mementos relating to their experiences and facilitate
research on Irish history and heritage.
November News, reserve now for Nov. 15 Crowley Lecture

November News, reserve now for Nov. 15 Crowley Lecture


November 1, 2021
The third lecture in our 20th Annual Michael F. Crowley Lecture Series will be presented Monday, November 15 at 6pm at the Wayfinder Hotel and via Zoom.
A flyer with the talk overview and speaker bio was mailed to all members of record late last week. The information is provided in this e-newsletter as well.
Please join us for:
Cheers to Eire:
The Political Life of
J. Howard McGrath
Guest Speaker:
Dr. Debra A. Mulligan
Professor of History,
Roger Williams University
and author of
Democratic Repairman:
The Political Life of J.Howard McGrath
A reception with light hors d’oeuvres will be
held following the lecture and Q&A. Cash Bar
In-person attendees must be fully vaccinated.
The per-person lecture fee/donation is $5,
payable at the door, via Check to “MNIH” or Cash.
No fee to participate via Zoom.
Debra A. Mulligan
Click the green button for the lecture overview and
our guest speaker bio.
To register, select an option below:
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This lecture has made possible by a generous gift from Francis “Frank” Furtado, given in memory of his wife, Barbara Carr Furtado.
Dr. Mulligan will have a limited number of copies of her
book on hand for signature and sale
following the presentation and Q&A.
To purchase Democratic Repairman online, in advance of the lecture, click the above book cover.
Crowley Lecture Series
Questions/Suggestions?
Please contact Ann at tpm1@earthlink.net
10th ANNIVERSARY MILESTONE: 6,000th VISITOR
Photo by Allan Millora
2021 marks the 10th anniversary of the opening of our Interpretive Center on Lower Thames Street, shown above.
June 11, 2011 was a much-anticipated opening day, after a number of years of fundraising and planning. We remember that special day as we celebrate another milestone – our 6,000th visitor!
On Sunday, October 24, 2021, while longtime volunteer docents Rosemary and Richard Danforth were on duty, the 5,999 and 6,000 visitors to the Interpretive Center crossed the threshold.
Rosemary and Richard were prepared for the momentous occasion, and presented our 6,000th visitor, Janice Greenwood of Wrentham, Massachusetts, with a certificate and gifts, including homemade Irish soda bread, a bottle of wine, and a complimentary 1-year membership in the Museum. As can be seen in the below photo, Janice and her husband, Mike Kelly, were clearly delighted.
Congratulations and Welcome, Janice!
6000th visitor_Janice Greenwood
Photo by Rosemary Danforth, Interpretive Center Docent and Museum Life Member.
The Interpretive Center closed for the 2021 Season on October 31, but we are always happy to open for private tours with advance notice. Please email us at NewportIrishHistory@gmail.com to arrange a private visit in the off-season, and Interpretive Center Manager, Steve Marino, will get back to you to arrange.
HISTORIC IRISH CEMETERY UPDATE
As we shared in our September 27 e-newsletter, a new historical informational sign was dedicated at the Barney Street Cemetery on September 18. The sign was made possible through the generosity of the Lepley Family in memory of Museum board member, Steve Lepley. If you missed the article, please click the below green button and take a moment to read this important news and enjoy photos of that day.
We are grateful to the following publications for sharing news of the September 18 dedication with the community at-large:
Newport Daily News, WhatsUpNewp, Newport This Week,
the Rhode Island Catholic.
In other cemetery news, on Thursday, October 28 at 5pm, a team of Museum member-volunteers assembled at the site, under the direction of our Cemetery Committee Chair, Jack McCormack, for a work session focused on eradicating the weeds which have emerged since our last work session. This special place looks pristine once again. Thank you to this month’s volunteers:
Larry Bartley, Mary Ellen Bronson, Christopher Jones, Winkle Kelley,
Ann Arnold May, Bonnie Slein, Mike Slein
Another work session will be scheduled after the trees have shed their leaves, to rake and prepare this beautiful and historic site for the winter. If you are interested in being added to Jack’s distribution list for these volunteer opportunities, please email: NewportIrishHistory@gmail.com
The cemetery in June 2020, from our 5-minute ‘virtual tour” video. Click the photo to view the video.
The tall cross with a the Celtic seal carving is prominent in the above photo. To learn about this cross and its restoration, read this article from the August 13, 1998 Providence Journal
A COMMENTARY OF INTEREST FROM THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL
Members will find guest columnist Scott Molloy’s commentary in Sunday’s Providence Journal, “An Irish patriot who made a great escape,” of interest.
Click the below buttons to access this column regarding James McNally Wilson and written in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Wilson’s death.
Dr. Scott Molloy is Professor Emeritus at the University of R.I., a past Crowley Lecture guest speaker, and longtime member of the Museum.
James McNally Wilson gravesite
The gravesite of James McNally Wilson, an Irish revolutionary who escaped from an
Australian prison in 1876 and spent the rest of his life in Pawtucket, R.I.
(photo by Kris Craig, courtesy of the Providence Journal).
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Museum of Newport Irish History
Mailing Address:
PO Box 1378, Newport, RI 02840
Interpretive Center Location:
648 Lower Thames Street, Newport RI 02840
Email:
Museum Board of Directors:
The MISSION of the Museum of Newport Irish History is to tell the story of the Irish immigrants and their descendants in Newport County and the surrounding area from the colonial era to the present. It also seeks to preserve artifacts and mementos relating to their experiences and facilitate
research on Irish history and heritage.
A number of our Annual members remain lapsed and have not made a payment for the current Membership Year, which runs
Apr. 1, 2021 to Mar. 31, 2022.
Not sure of your Membership Status?
BEFORE making a renewal payment, please reach out to Ann and she’ll get back to you swiftly to confirm your status.
Email her at tpm1@earthlink.net
Thank you for your continued support of our Mission!
Reservations now being taken for Oct. 25 “Irish Bridget” lecture

Reservations now being taken for Oct. 25 “Irish Bridget” lecture

Join us In-Person or Virtually: Oct. 25 “Irish Bridget” lecture…reservations now being accepted


As previously announced, the second lecture in our
20th Annual Michael F. Crowley Lecture Series will be presented Monday, October 25 at 6pm at the Wayfinder Hotel and via Zoom.
A flyer with the lecture description and speaker bios was mailed to all members of record and you are welcome to reserve at this time for:
The Irish Bridget: Irish Immigrant Women in Domestic Service in America, 1840-1930, 
With Spotlight on Irish Servants of the Newport Mansions
A reception with light hors d’oeuvres will be
held following the lecture and Q&A. Cash Bar
In-person attendees must be fully vaccinated.
The per-person lecture fee/donation is $5,
payable at the door, via Check to “MNIH” or Cash.
*exact change much appreciated*
No fee to participate via Zoom.
Our special guest speakers are:
Margaret Lynch-Brennan, author of
The Irish Bridget: Irish Immigrant Women in Domestic Service in America, 1840-1930
and
Leslie B. Jones, Director of Museum Affairs &
Chief Curator of the
Preservation Society of Newport County.
Click the below button for the lecture overview and
our guest speakers’ bios.

Margaret Lynch-Brennan
Leslie Jones
Leslie B. Jones
To register, select an option below:

Dr. Lynch-Brennan will have a limited number of copies of her “Irish Bridget” book on hand for signature and sale
following the presentation and Q&A.
To purchase the book online, in advance of the lecture, click the above book cover photo.
IMPORTANT LECTURE NOTE
As we are not able to host as many people in person vs. our pre-pandemic lecture series, seats at the Wayfinder Hotel the evening of the lecture are prioritized for Museum members and special guests.
If you have non-member friends who would like to attend the Oct. 25 lecture in person, please encourage them to join the Museum or arrange a gift membership for them on our website “Membership” page.
Questions? Click HERE.
Many more Museum members and friends, from near and far, will be able to join us via Zoom,
which is open to all.
Crowley Lecture Series
Questions/Suggestions?
Please contact Ann at tpm1@earthlink.net
SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR NEXT LECTURE:
Mon. Nov. 15 at 6pm
Wayfinder Hotel & via Zoom
Guest Speaker:
Debra A. Mulligan, Ph.D.
Professor of History
Roger Williams University

DETAILS TO COME!
N.Y. UNIVERSITY IRELAND HOUSE
ZOOM LECTURE OPPORTUNITY
OCT. 28 – 2PM

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The Coffin Ship_book cover
Glucksman Ireland House at New York University will host authors Cian McMahon and Marcus Rediker in a conversation titled:
“The Slave Ship and the Coffin Ship:
Histories of Life and Death at Sea.”
For details and to register for the October 28 online event, click the below button.
With thanks to Museum member Mike Healy for
sharing this virtual presentation opportunity with us.
MEMBERSHIP – DUES REMINDER
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A number of our members with Annual (vs. Life) memberships remain lapsed in their dues for the current Membership/Fiscal year, which runs Apr. 1, 2021 to Mar. 31, 2022.
If you have not paid your dues for the current Membership cycle, we hope you will do so at this time by clicking the below “Membership” button.
Not sure of your Membership Status?
BEFORE making a payment, please reach out to Ann and she’ll get back to you swiftly to confirm your status.
Email her at tpm1@earthlink.net
Thank you for your continued support of our Mission!
FINALLY, IN CASE YOU MISSED IT….
In case you missed seeing/reading our e-newsletter of September 27, please click the below green button to
access a copy.
If you prefer to receive these notices at an alternative or additional email address, please send a note to Ann at tpm1@earthlink.net and the change will be made to your record. Please do not use the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom to communicate changes.
Museum of Newport Irish History
Mailing Address:
PO Box 1378, Newport, RI 02840
Interpretive Center Location:
648 Lower Thames Street, Newport RI 02840
Email:

Museum Board of Directors:
The MISSION of the Museum of Newport Irish History is to tell the story of the Irish immigrants and their descendants in Newport County and the surrounding area from the colonial era to the present. It also seeks to preserve artifacts and mementos relating to their experiences and facilitate
research on Irish history and heritage.

Irish cemetery historical informational sign dedicated & retiring Board members honored

Irish cemetery historical informational sign dedicated & retiring Board members honored

Sept. 18 was a great day for the Irish in Newport!


Mike Slein - resized
September 27, 2021
Dear Fellow Members.
Saturday, September 18 was a glorious late-summer day here in Newport, and the town was bustling with activity, including a boat show and a food and wine festival. With that busy backdrop, the Museum hosted two back-to-back gatherings of great importance. We were delighted to see many of you at one or both gatherings, and we hope those who were not able to attend in person and may not have read the recap in the local media or on Facebook take a few minutes now to catch up on our special news.
Please also read on for a couple important reminders.
With gratitude for your continued support,
Mike
Mike Slein
President, Board of Directors
(401) 855-5097 – mobile
HISTORICAL INFORMATIONAL SIGN UNVEILED AT BARNEY STREET CEMETERY
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Kyle Lepley, his mother, Carol Lepley, and Mike Slein (photo by Jennifer Carter)
Museum of Newport Irish History members and friends gathered at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 18 to celebrate the unveiling of a new historical informational sign at the Barney Street Cemetery, located at the corner of Barney and Mt. Vernon Streets.
The cemetery is the final resting place of many of Newport’s earliest Irish immigrants. The park-like setting on which it stands was the site of Rhode Island’s first Catholic church and oldest parish, established in 1828, the forerunner of today’s St. Mary’s Church on Spring Street, which was consecrated in 1849 to “The Holy Name of Mary, Our Lady of the Isle.”
Museum board members Mike Slein and Carol Lepley spoke on behalf of the organization to the group of approximately thirty. Board President Slein recounted the story of the site, so central to the history of the early Irish in Newport. He also reminded attendees that the Museum of Newport Irish History restored the cemetery through an agreement with the Diocese of Providence and St. Mary’s Parish. When the restoration was completed, the cemetery was rededicated by the Diocese in March 1999, and the Museum continues to maintain and beautify the site with dedicated volunteers, many of whom were on hand.
The new informational sign was made possible by a generous gift from Carol Lepley and the Lepley Family, given in memory of her husband Steve, a longtime member of the Museum’s board of directors who passed away in December 2017. Carol Lepley memorialized her husband in her comments and spoke of the importance of the cemetery site to the community, her husband, her family, and many members. (click HERE to read Carol’s comments).
After the conclusion of the ceremony, the group reconvened at Ancient Order of Hibernian Hall on Wellington Avenue to continue the celebration and to honor Jack Curran and Peter Martin, two retiring members of the Museum Board of Directors, for their many years of dedicated service.
Museum members, area residents and visitors are encouraged to stop by the Barney Street Cemetery to explore the site, view the new sign and the gravestones, many of which reflect the county and parish in Ireland where the deceased were born. All are also invited to visit the Museum’s Interpretive Center at 648 Lower Thames Street, which is open for the 2021 Season Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 12 noon to 5:00 p.m., through October 31, and at other times by appointment.
Please click the below green button to view a nice collection of photos taken at the sign dedication gathering and during the sign’s installation.
Note: You do not need a Facebook account to view the photo album.
(Photos by Jennifer Carter if not otherwise specified).
close up of the sign
RETIRING BOARD MEMBERS, CURRAN & MARTIN, HONORED FOR THEIR YEARS OF SERVICE TO
THE ORGANIZATION
Jack Curran Mike Slein Peter Martin
Jack Curran, Mike Slein and Peter Martin (photo by Jack McCormack)
As shared above, at the conclusion of the September 18 historical informational sign dedication at the Barney Street Cemetery, Museum members, including many members of the Curran and Martin families, reconvened at Ancient Order of Hibernian Hall on Wellington Avenue to continue the celebration and to honor Jack Curran and Peter Martin.
In his comments to the sixty assembled, Board President, Mike Slein, honored Jack and Peter for their many years of dedicated service to the organization and congratulated them for their new status as “Emeritus” board members.
Both men addressed the audience and were presented with a framed plaque, with thanks from the Board of Directors on behalf of the entire membership.
Guests enjoyed the delicious hors d’oeuvres and the traditional Irish music provided by two local musicians, who were joined by one of the guests of honor, Peter Martin, on the harmonica. The cocktail reception, which was orchestrated by board member, Kathy Papp,
ran from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and it was lovely start to a busy and festive late-summer Saturday night in Newport.
Please enjoy these photos from the event. and congratulate Jack and Peter when you see them around town!
Jack Curran, seated with family members, addresses those gathered
following Mike Slein’s presentation (photo by Alex Littlefield).
Peter Martin poses for a photo after receiving his plaque (photo by Alex Littlefield)
JOIN US IN PERSON OR VIA ZOOM FOR
OCT. 25 “IRISH SERVANT” LECTURE
The second lecture in our 20th Annual Michael F. Crowley Lecture Series, will be presented Monday, October 25 at 6pm at the Wayfinder Hotel and via Zoom.
A full lecture description and speaker bios to follow, but the topic will be Irish immigrants in domestic service with a spotlight on the Irish working in the Newport mansions.
Our special guest speakers will be Dr. Margaret Lynch-Brennan, author of “The Irish Bridget: Irish Immigrant Women in Domestic Service in America, 1840-1930,” and Leslie B. Jones, Director of Museum Affairs & Chief Curator of the Preservation Society of Newport County.
A reception with light hors d’oeuvres will be held following the lecture and Q&A. Cash Bar

Dr. Margaret Lynch-Brennan
Margaret Lynch-Brennan
Leslie Jones
Leslie B. Jones
Museum Members will receive a flyer with details in the U.S. Mail and a follow up via e-newsletter. At that point, you will be able to make a reservation for the lecture, either in person or via Zoom.
In-person attendees must be fully vaccinated.
NOTE: As we are not able to host as many people in person vs. our pre-pandemic lecture series, seats at the Wayfinder Hotel the evening of the lecture are prioritized for Museum members of record and special guests. The per-person lecture fee is $5 (no fee to participate via Zoom).
Should you have non-member friends who would like to attend the Oct. 25 lecture in person, please encourage them to join the Museum, or arrange a gift membership for them on our website “Membership” page. Many more members and friends, from near and far, will be able to join us via Zoom.
Dr. Lynch-Brennan will have a limited number of copies of her book on hand for signature and sale,
following the presentation and Q&A.

To purchase the book online, in advance of the lecture,
click the above book photo.
Lecture Series Questions/Suggestions?
Please contact Ann at tpm1@earthlink.net
MEMBERSHIP DUES REMINDER
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A number of our members with Annual (vs. Life) memberships remain lapsed in their dues for the current Membership/Fiscal year, which runs Apr. 1, 2021 to Mar. 31, 2022.
If you have not paid your dues for the current Membership cycle, we hope you will do so at this time by clicking the below “Membership” button.
Not sure of your status?
BEFORE making a payment, please reach out to Ann and she’ll get back to you swiftly to confirm your status.
Email her at tpm1@earthlink.net
Thank you for your continued support of our Mission!
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT….
In case you missed seeing/reading our e-newsletter of September 15, please click the below green button to access a copy.
If you prefer to receive these notices at an alternative or additional email address, please send a note to Ann at tpm1@earthlink.net and the change will be made to your record. Please do not use the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom to communicate changes.
Museum of Newport Irish History
Mailing Address:
PO Box 1378, Newport, RI 02840
Interpretive Center Location:
648 Lower Thames Street, Newport RI 02840
Email:

Museum Board of Directors:
The MISSION of the Museum of Newport Irish History is to tell the story of the Irish immigrants and their descendants in Newport County and the surrounding area from the colonial era to the present. It also seeks to preserve artifacts and mementos relating to their experiences and facilitate
research on Irish history and heritage.

September & October happenings, including live Irish music

September & October happenings, including live Irish music

September & October happenings ahead…… Live & Local Irish Music, anyone?


Mike Slein - resized
September 15, 2021
Dear Fellow Members.
It was a personal delight to see so many of you at the Wayfinder Hotel on Monday night for the first lecture of our 20th Annual Michael F. Crowley Lecture Series – a wonderful talk given by John Quinn and Keith Stokes.
We are most grateful to John and Keith for their compelling presentation, “Shared Spaces: The Irish and African Heritage Experience in Gilded Age Newport,” and to Ginny Pittsley for so generously sponsoring the event in memory of her husband, Bill, and son, Jay. If you missed the talk, a link to the recording will appear on the “Lectures” page of our website in a few days.
We are also grateful to you, our membership, for understanding that during these challenging times we are compelled to host far fewer in person than in pre-covid days. We were delighted to have so many members and non-members, from from near and far, enjoy the lecture ‘virtually’ via Zoom. We anticipate continuing to live-stream our popular lectures for the foreseeable future.
Speaking of Zoom, a very special “thank you” to Museum board member, Dan Titus for all his technical wizardry on this event, our first lecture presented simultaneously to an in-person and virtual/Zoom audience.
Now, on to upcoming happenings that we feel will be of interest to you, with a focus on “Live & Local” traditional Irish music!
With gratitude for your continued support,
Mike
Mike Slein
President, Board of Directors
(401) 855-5097 – mobile
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Our friends from the Newport Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee will be hosting a fundraiser brunch for the March 2022 parade, dubbed “Green Eggs & Ham,” at Hibernian Hall at 2 Wellington Avenue, Newport, on Sun. Sept. 19 from 9am to 1pm (brunch donation $10 per person with family pricing available at the door).
The brunch will be followed by complimentary, family-friendly, live music by the group “Shannachie” who will play from 1 pm to approximately 5 pm (the group’s name is the Irish language word for “storyteller”)
Questions? Please write the Committee at dennis@newportirish.com
Danny Ringrose
Irish balladeer, Danny Ringrose, will return by popular demand to Hibernian Hall, 2 Wellington Ave., Newport, Thurs. Sept. 23 from 6-9 pm.
Danny has shared the stage with Tommy Makem, Paddy Reilly, The Saw Doctors and Dublin City Ramblers.
His appearance is part of AOH Newport’s new “3rd Thursday of the Month Irish National Music Series.” All are welcome!
No cover charge, but donations to AOH Newport will be greatly appreciated in support of Irish heritage and culture and this terrific new music series.
For more info: David Kerins at dpksen@aol.com
As many of you know, local institution and Museum member, Rick Kelly, hosts the “Irish Hour” every Sunday at 8am on WADK, as he’s done for decades. Rick bring us the best of traditional and contemporary Irish and Irish-influenced music on WADK 1540AM. The recent storm knocked out the AM1540 transmitter, but you can still listen on 101.1FM or on-line at https://wadk.com/ Sleeping in? The show will be repeated at 6pm!
WADK logo
Fastnet pub
We are also please to share that the long-running traditional Irish session at The Fastnet Pub,
#1 Broadway, Newport, is again taking place. Check out the recently published article from The Newport Daily News. about the re-launch of popular session which had a
nearly 15-year run each Sunday evening from 6-9pm, before the pandemic. It’s now back every two weeks!
No cover charge.
Note: If you are unable to read the online version of the article, click HERE for a PDF of the print edition.
Irish Bridget - book cover
Looking ahead to October, please “save the date” for the next lecture in our 20th Annual Michael F. Crowley Lecture Series, Mon., Oct. 25 at 6pm. Logistical details to follow, but the topic will be Irish immigrants in domestic service with a spotlight on the Irish working in the Newport mansions.
Guest speakers will be Dr. Margaret Lynch-Brennan, author of “The Irish Bridget: Irish Immigrant Women in Domestic Service in America, 1840-1930,” and Leslie B. Jones, Director of Museum Affairs & Chief Curator of the Preservation Society of Newport County.
Museum Members will receive a flyer with details in the U.S. Mail and a follow up via e-newsletter. Members will have priority for limited seats at the in-person presentation we hope to host on Oct. 25.
If necessary, we will again revert to 100% Zoom as in the 2020-2021 Crowley Lecture Series.

Dr. Margaret Lynch-Brennan
Margaret Lynch-Brennan
Leslie Jones
Leslie B. Jones
Lecture Series Questions? Please contact Ann at tpm1@earthlink.net
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Finally, a number of our members with Annual (vs. Life) memberships remain lapsed in their membership for the current Membership/Fiscal year, which runs Apr. 1, 2021 to Mar. 31, 2022. We understand that many of you are accustomed to paying your dues at in-person events, but we have fewer opportunities to meet in person during these challenging times. If you have not paid your dues for the current Membership cycle, please consider doing so at this time by clicking the below “Membership” button.
Not sure of your status? Please reach out to Ann to inquire and she’ll get back to you swiftly. Email her at tpm1@earthlink.net Thank you for your continued support of our Mission!
Museum of Newport Irish History
Mailing Address:
PO Box 1378, Newport, RI 02840
Interpretive Center Location:
648 Lower Thames Street, Newport RI 02840
Email:

Museum Board of Directors:
The MISSION of the Museum of Newport Irish History is to tell the story of the Irish immigrants and their descendants in Newport County and the surrounding area from the colonial era to the present. It also seeks to preserve artifacts and mementos relating to their experiences and facilitate
research on Irish history and heritage.

September Happenings – 20th Annual Crowley Lecture Series Kick-off

September Happenings – 20th Annual Crowley Lecture Series Kick-off

September Happenings: 20th Annual Crowley Lecture Series Kick-off….. Reception for Retiring Board…. Ceremony @ Barney Street Cemetery


September 2, 2021
Dear Members,
This is a follow-up to the September 13 lecture announcement and cover letter all members received in the mail last week. We’re also writing to invite to you to our September 18 happenings, the flyer about which began arriving in members’ mailboxes today.
We hope to see many of you – either in person or “virtually” via Zoom – for the first lecture of our 20th Annual Michael F. Crowley Lecture Series, featuring special guest speakers,
John Quinn and Keith Stokes.

John Quinn PhD
Dr. John F. Quinn
Keith Stokes
Mr. Keith Stokes
Shared Spaces:
The Irish and African Heritage Experience
in Gilded Age Newport
Monday, September 13, 6:00 pm
The Wayfinder Hotel
&
Virtually, via Zoom
This lecture has made possible by a generous gift from Virginia Pittsley, given in memory of her husband, Bill Pittsley, and their son,
Jay Pittsley.
Please click the below buttons to access copies of the details about this lecture you received in the mail, and which is also posted on our
website “Lectures” page:

As touched on in the cover letter, we are not able to host as many members in person on Sept. 13 as
we could have pre-pandemic.
At this time, we have about a dozen seats available. If you would like to join us in person at the Wayfinder Hotel please reserve now.
We can accommodate hundreds more via Zoom, which allows you to participate virtually from home, via a desktop or laptop computer, tablet or
smart phone.
To attend the lecture either in person or via Zoom please click the appropriate RED button, below.
There is a $5 fee/donation requested of those who will be joining us in person; there is no fee to participate via Zoom.
ALL are welcome to join us via Zoom, Museum members and non-members alike from the community at-large, both near and far.
Feel free to refer friends to the “Lectures” page on our website for event info. and to reserve to receive the Zoom login information.
Those who are not able to join us “live” on Sept. 13 at 6pm, either in person or via Zoom, can enjoy the presentation later. We’ll post a video of the lecture and Q&A on the “Lectures” page of our website a few days after the event.
SEPT 18: RECEPTION TO HONOR
RETIRING BOARD MEMBERS
Please join fellow members for our first social of 2020-2021, Saturday, Sept. 18 from 5-7 pm at Ancient Order of Hibernian Hall, during which we will honor these two retiring members of our Board of Directors and thank them for their many years
of dedicated service:

Jack Curran
Jack Curran
Peter Martin
Peter Martin
Click the below button to visit the Sept. 18 event webpage for details, contact info. for the event coordinator, Kathy Papp, and to reserve:
Reservations are requested by September 11.
Tickets ($10) may be purchased online or by check, mailed to our PO Box and received by Sept. 11.
ALSO ON SEPT 18:
DEDICATION OF NEW
HISTORICAL INFORMATION SIGN
AT THE BARNEY STREET CEREMONY
You are also warmly invited to join members of the Board of Directors and the Lepley Family for the unveiling and dedication of a new historical information sign at the Barney Street Cemetery. Through text and graphics, the sign discusses the importance of this site, central to the history of the early Irish in Newport.
The new sign has been made possible thanks to a generous gift from Carol Lepley, given in memory of her husband, Steve Lepley, a member of our Board who passed away in December 2017.
The ceremony takes place 4 pm on Sept. 18 at the corner of Barney and Mt. Vernon Streets, behind the Newport Historical Society headquarters.
RSVP for this outdoor ceremony not required.
Questions? Please contact Mike Slein at (401) 855-5097
Barney Street cemetery
Photo: The historic Barney Street/St. Joseph Cemetery. Restored in 1999 by the Museum of Newport Irish History, which continues to maintain and beatify the site, through the generosity of our members, including a dedicated team of volunteers, under the direction of Board Member, Jack McCormack.
Museum of Newport Irish History
Mailing Address:
PO Box 1378, Newport, RI 02840
Interpretive Center Location:
648 Lower Thames Street, Newport RI 02840
Email:

Museum Board of Directors:
A special message from board president, Mike Slein

A special message from board president, Mike Slein

A special message from board president, Mike Slein


Mike Slein - resized
July 25, 2021
Dear Fellow Members,
With a heavy heart, an optimistic outlook on the future, and my sincerest gratitude to each of you, I am stepping down as President effective 30 November. 
Before stepping down, I wish to see to fruition key initiatives underway, including the Walking Tours of Irish Newport and the Barney Street Cemetery signage, which the Lepley family is so generously donating, and to provide adequate time for a search committee to identify my successor.
As you all know, I have loved working with and am indebted to each of our board members, all of our treasured docents, and the membership of this fine organization, who have contributed so much over the past eight years of my tenure as your president. You are very special folks and I have always tried to keep in the forefront of my thoughts that you are all volunteers who promote our mission with little expectation of recognition. Our membership growth and your support are a testament to the attitude that you bring to the table each day.
We have made great strides in many areas over the past eight years through your efforts. The organization is now in fine shape fiscally with a robust membership base. There is still much to do. No position is permanent and I feel the time is right to permit another the opportunity to work with you and lead the Museum to the next level. 
You all have my sincerest thanks.
Mike
Mike Slein
President, Board of Directors
(401) 855-5097 – mobile
Museum of Newport Irish History
Mailing: PO Box 1378, Newport, RI 02840
Interpretive Center: 648 Lower Thames Street, Newport RI 02840
Click Here for Museum Board of Directors Contact Info.
The Mission of the Museum of Newport Irish History is to tell the story of the Irish immigrants and their descendants in Newport County and the surrounding area from the colonial era to the present. It also seeks to preserve artifacts and mementos relating to their experiences and facilitate research on Irish history and heritage.
Irish-American Night at Cardines Field with the Newport Gulls on July 7

Irish-American Night at Cardines Field with the Newport Gulls on July 7

You are Invited: Irish-American Night @ Cardines Field with the Newport Gulls – July 7


June 28, 2021
Join members and friends of the Museum of Newport Irish History, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, and game sponsor, the Irish American Athletic Club, for a fun & festive ballgame at historic Cardines Field in Newport!
Bring the kids and grand-kids the evening of July 7 for some old-fashioned, Irish-infused family fun, and cheer on our beloved team, the Newport Gulls, as they face the Mystic Schooners.
A limited number of FREE tickets will be available for members of the Museum of Newport Irish History and their guests. Identify yourself as a member when checking in at the Gate, which will be staffed by Museum member-volunteers.
Tickets can also be purchased at the Gate
(see prices in the above graphic).
Also, the Museum will be giving away FREE
US-Ireland flag pins to the first 200 game attendees.

US-Irish Flag pin
The Gulls have terrific entertainment planned, including step-dancers, bagpipes and the Ancient Order of Hibernians Men Singers.
Gates open: 5:00 pm
Festivities Begin: 6:00 pm
First Pitch: 6:35 pm
Parking available across the street from the ballpark in the Newport Visitors Center lot at 23 Americas Cup Ave. Only $2 for the night when you show your Gull’s game ticket!
If you are planning to attend only one baseball game this summer at Cardines, which has been called – “a small urban gem of a ballpark” –
this is the one not to be missed!
QUESTIONS? Contact us at newportirishhistory@gmail.com
The Museum of Newport Irish History congratulates the Newport Gulls on 20 years of
“Raising the Bar in Summer Collegiate Baseball.”
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Museum of Newport Irish History
Mailing: PO Box 1378, Newport, RI 02840
Interpretive Center: 648 Lower Thames Street, Newport RI 02840
Click Here for Museum Board of Directors Contact Info.
The Mission of the Museum of Newport Irish History is to tell the story of the Irish immigrants and their descendants in Newport County and the surrounding area from the Colonial era to the present. It also seeks to preserve artifacts and mementos relating to their experiences and facilitate research on Irish history and heritage.

Interpretive Center reopens for the 2021 Season on Fri. May 28

Interpretive Center reopens for the 2021 Season on Fri. May 28

Interpretive Center reopens for the 2021 Season this Fri. May 28


Interpretive Center Opens for the
2121 Season
Interpretive Center_Nov 2019 by Allan Millora
Photo by Allan Millora.
May 26, 2021
Dear Members,
We are pleased to announce the reopening of our Interpretive Center for the 2021 Season after a lengthy hiatus, due to the pandemic.
Opening day is the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend, May 28.
Regular public hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, from
12 noon to 5 p.m., through Sunday, October 31.
(closed Mon.-Thurs.).
Admission is free for Members and by donation for others.
We especially encourage our new members to stop into the Center at 648 Lower Thames Street, just south of Narragansett Avenue. Please check out our website, newportirishhistory.org, for more information. Masks will be required to enter, and docent and visitor safety will continue to be our top priority.
Can’t visit the Interpretative Center in person?
Enjoy a 4 minute “virtual visit” with Mike Slein, Museum Board President, who hosted NBC10 WJAR’s Meghan Kayata in March 2020 (pre-lockdown) for a segment that aired on St. Patrick’s Day (of course!). To play the video, CLICK HERE.
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Many thanks to our wonderful Interpretive Center member-volunteer docents for their service to the Museum and visitors from near and far. You are the face of the Museum to the public, and without you we could not operate.
If you are interested in becoming a docent, we’d love to hear from you! To learn more, please contact Board Member and Interpretive Center Manager, Steve Marino, at (860) 995-7367 or at enzoteach@aol.com.
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Historic Irish Cemetery Maintained by Dedicated Museum Volunteers
Cemetery volunteers Spring 2019_photo by Joan Galvin
Volunteers at work at the cemetery in June 2019. Photo by Joan Galvin.
Speaking of volunteers, we are very grateful to the small team of folks who, under the direction of Board Member and Cemetery Committee Chair, Jack McCormack, have donated their time this spring to prepare the historic Barney Street Cemetery for the season ahead. A big “thank you” as well to PDC Landscaping and Patrick Carlisle for the generous donation of mulch which beautiful the flower beds and help keep the weeds at bay.
This beautiful site is the final resting place of many of Newport’s earliest Irish residents and where the first Catholic church in R.I. once stood. Stop by the corner of Barney and Mt. Vernon Streets to see this important site in the history of the Irish in Newport. The Museum of Newport Irish History restored the cemetery in 1999 and continues to maintain and beautify the site under a special arrangement with the Diocese of Providence.
Interesting in volunteering at the cemetery this summer? Please contact Jack at (401) 835-3243 or johnrmccormack@cox.net.
Can’t visit the cemetery in person? Enjoy our 5-minute “virtual tour” of the cemetery, hosted by Steve Marino and filmed by Allan Millora last spring. It provides an introduction to this site, so central to the early history of the Irish in Newport. To play, the video, click the below GREEN graphic.
Finally, if you missed our last members’ e-newsletter which went out on May 1, you can access it by clicking the below “Newsletter” graphic:
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Museum of Newport Irish History
Mailing: PO Box 1378, Newport, RI 02840
Interpretive Center: 648 Lower Thames Street, Newport RI 02840
Click Here for Museum Board of Directors Contact Info.
The Mission of the Museum of Newport Irish History is to tell the story of the Irish immigrants and their descendants in Newport County and the surrounding area from the Colonial era to the present. It also seeks to preserve artifacts and mementos relating to their experiences and facilitate research on Irish history and heritage.

19th Annual Crowley Lecture Series reaches a record audience….Welcome to our new members

19th Annual Crowley Lecture Series reaches a record audience….Welcome to our new members

It’s a Wrap! 19th Annual Crowley Lecture Series reaches a record audience


Mike Slein - resized
May 1, 2021
Dear Fellow Members,
Our 19th Annual Michael F. Crowley Lecture Series concluded on April 21 with a wonderful talk by Dr. Janet Nolan in which she shared her family’s Irish immigrant experience — a story echoed in millions of Irish-American families. We thank you, our members, for your interest and support of this 100%-virtual series presented via Zoom, necessitated by the pandemic.
I am delighted to share that this series of five Zoom talks between September 2020 and April 2021 attracted a record 1,105 registrations! Our pre-pandemic, in-person lecture venue accommodates 150 persons per talk, so we have reached a much larger audience than we ever thought possible — especially when you consider that a Zoom reservation might represent more than one person watching the presentation on a shared device. A large percentage of those who tuned in were non-Museum members, and many have since joined our ranks. These are the “silver linings” in the pandemic, for which we are grateful.
We eagerly look to the fall when we kick off the 20th Annual Crowley Series and hope to again meet in person. We certainly all miss the social aspect of our gatherings. Our group includes a good number of longtime members who are not Internet users so, for them, Zoom was not an option. We especially look forward to welcoming these friends back in person.
Our current plan is to again present in-person lectures, possibly with reduced capacity, should covid conditions require, supplemented by live-streaming and videotaping. Museum members of record will receive priority for tickets for the seats at the talks and reception that traditionally follows. Those who cannot be offered a seat at a fully-reserved lecture will be invited to join us remotely or enjoy the videotape later.
Please read on for links to recordings of all five 19th Annual Series talks, for our preliminary plans for the new series, and some other important updates. Also, if you missed our last monthly members E-Newsletter, please CLICK HERE to review.
Slán agus beannacht (stay well),
Mike Slein
President, Board of Directors
(401) 855-5097 – mobile
PS — Please be sure to read the last article re. Membership Renewals!
2020-21 Crowley Lecture Series Recap:
April 21, 2021
When Harry Met Mary Ann:
An Irish Family in an American City
Guest Speaker: Dr. Janet Nolan
Link to Recording: HERE
March 16, 2021
How Hard Wuld it be to Dig a Ditch Anyhow?:
How the Irish Saved the Blackstone Canal
Guest Speaker: Mr. Chuck Arning
Link to Recording: HERE
Feb. 10, 2021
Politics, Bigotry and Nativism:
Rhode Island’s Catholic Irish in the
1842 Dorr Rebellion
Guest Speaker: Dr. Erik Chaput
Link to Recording click HERE
Nov. 6, 2020
Famine Memories:
Terence MacSwiney’s
1920 Hunger Strike
Guest Speaker: Dr. Joseph Lennon
Link to Recording click HERE
Sept. 24, 2020
Here is the Church, Here is the Steeple,
Open the Door and see at the People:
Newport’s early Irish community and
Rhode Island’s first Catholic church”
Guest Speaker: Mr. Steve Marino
Lecture Handouts click HERE
Link to Recording click HERE
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THANK YOU to our five wonderful guest speakers, the lecture attendees, and all who have made the 19th Annual Crowley Series possible.
Special thanks to our board member and “Zoom Guru,” DAN TITUS, without whom we could not have brought these events into your home during this challenging time.
2021-22 Crowley Lecture Series Update:
We are pleased to share preliminary plans for the kick-off of the 20th Annual Crowley Series:
September 2021
Topic: Irish and Black Collaboration in Gilded Age Newport
Guest Speakers: Dr. John Quinn & Mr. Keith Stokes
October 2021
Topic: Irish in Domestic Service with a spotlight on Irish who worked in Newport’s Gilded Age Mansions
Guest Speaker: Dr. Margaret Lynch-Brennan,
author of:
“The Irish Bridget: Irish Immigrant Women in Domestic Service
in America, 1840-1930″
In collaboration with a to-be-announced guest speaker from the Preservation Society of Newport County
Details, including dates, venue, and format to be announced closer to the the fall, as well as additional talks in the new series.
Between now and the fall, we hope to be in the position to
some additional, non-lecture programs that might be enjoyed virtually. Please stay tuned!
New Member Welcome:
We extend a warm Welcome” to the new members who joined since the beginning of 2021.
A shout out, as well, to the existing members who have joined the ranks of our “Life” Members.
Thank you for your generous support of our Mission!
Click the below buttons to read the names.

Interpretive Center Update:
Interpretive Center_Nov 2019 by Allan Millora
Our Interpretive Center on Lower Thames Street remains closed to the public on a walk-in basis due to the pandemic and private visits by appointment continue.
To arrange a private visit for small parties, please send an email to NewportIrishHistory@gmail.com and include your name, phone, the number in the party, and preferred date(s) and time. We’ll get back to you swiftly.
Masks will be required and social distancing protocols will be in place. You can also enjoy a ‘virtual tour’ of the Center by clicking HERE.
Note: We hope to be in the position to return to regularly scheduled public hours this coming Season, subject to covid-19 state guidelines and the status of vaccines among our volunteer docents. Safety remains our #1 concern.
Traditionally, the Center is open to the public from Memorial Day Weekend through the end of October, Thurs., Fri., Sat. and Sunday, from noon to 5pm
Last but not Least:
It’s Membership Renewal Season!
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Those with Annual (vs. Life) memberships who have not recently renewed are due for renewal at this time. Our membership year runs concurrent with our Fiscal Year, Apr. 1 to March 31. The yearly membership fee remains $20 for Individual memberships and $30 for Family/Household memberships (covering all living at the same address).
THANK YOU to those who have already renewed!
If you have not yet made your payment, please renew NOW by clicking the below Green button to reach the Membership page on our website where you can pay with a credit/debit card or existing PayPal account. You will receive an immediate e-receipt. Quick & easy!
If you are mailing in a check to our PO Box, you need not complete a Membership Form if your contact info. has not changed. Checks payable to “MNIH” with “Membership” in the memo section.
Your renewal at this time helps save time and reduce printing and postage expense associated with membership renewal letters in the mail, enabling more of your donation to support our programming and the Interpretive Center. Thanks again!
Questions about your Membership status?
Please write to Ann at tpm1@earthlink.net or phone her at 401-841-5493 and she’ll get right back to you.
This this e-news with your friends on Social Media via these links:
Museum of Newport Irish History
Mailing: PO Box 1378, Newport, RI 02840
Interpretive Center: 648 Lower Thames Street, Newport RI 02840
Click Here for Museum Board of Directors Contact Info.
The Mission of the Museum of Newport Irish History is to tell the story of the Irish immigrants and their descendants in Newport County and the surrounding area from the colonial era to the present. It also seeks to preserve artifacts and mementos relating to their experiences and facilitate research on Irish history and heritage.