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Join us for our 2022 Annual Meeting & Supper

Join us for our 2022 Annual Meeting & Supper

May 5, 2022

Dear Members,

As shared last month, for the first time since the spring of 2019, we will hold an in-person Annual Meeting, to which all members are cordially invited. Printed announcements were mailed towards the end of last month, and many of you have already signed up to attend. 

Details are shared below, along with a link to our website where you may register for the meeting only, or the meeting plus supper and entertainment, to feature a very special guest, and your fellow Museum member, Kevin T. Doyle, the award-winning Irish step dancer.

Please read on for information about our popular new self-guided walking tour brochures and for membership renewal information for the 2022-2023 fiscal year.

Finally, if you missed our April 15 e-newsletter, which included an article about last month’s work session at the Barney Street Cemetery, including photos, please check it out HERE.

Looking forward to seeing many of you on the 22nd!

Deanna J. Conheeny

President, Board of Directors

djconheeny@gmail.com

(401) 847-7156-residence

(401)829-0098- mobile

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2022 ANNUAL MEETING

  • Learn about the Museum’s activities and progress over the last year and plans for the new fiscal year, which began on April 1.
  • Meet your board, our docent-volunteers and other members.
  • Stay for supper and Irish entertainment if your schedule allows.

RESERVE HERE 

Reservations Required

by Tuesday, May 17

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL SEASON IS HERE

As April 1 marks the start of the Museum’s new Fiscal Year, many of our members with Annual (vs. Life) Memberships, are due for renewal at this time.

A big “Thank You” to the 100 of you who made renewal payments during April! We have a ways to go, with about 200 outstanding.

The annual fee for an Individual membership remains $20, and a Family/Household membership $30 (applies to all those living at the same address).

You may renew now online by clicking the below orange “Membership” button.

If you prefer to pay by check, please send payable to “MNIH” with “Membership” in the Memo line to us at PO Box 1378, Newport, RI, 02840

If you are unsure of your membership status — before making a payment — please email Ann at tpm1@earthlink.net or phone her at 401-841-5493 and she’ll get right back to you.

Membership

Note:

Please do not send payments or other correspondence to our seasonal Thames Street Interpretive Center address.

NEW WALKING TOUR BROCHURES

We are pleased to share that our new self-guided walking tour brochures have been very well received by members and others interested in Newport’s rich and interesting Irish history, and hundreds have already been sold.

Three tours have been developed, each covering a different neighborhood of “Irish Newport,” and each can be walked in approximately an hour to an hour and a half.

For more information, including how to obtain copies of the three brochures, please visit the “Self-Guided Walking Tour Brochure” page on our website, by clicking the below button.

Walking Tour Brochures

Museum of Newport Irish History

Established 1996

a 501c3 non-profit organization

Mailing Address:

PO Box 1378, Newport, RI 02840

Interpretive Center:

648 Lower Thames Street, Newport RI 02840

EmailNewportIrishHistory@gmail.com

Click Here for Museum Board of Directors Contact Info. and list of deceased board members, fondly remembered.

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.
Visit our Website

Newport Irish Heritage Month: Final Events

Newport Irish Heritage Month: Final Events

March 25 , 2022

Dear Fellow Members,

It was a pleasure to see so many of you in person at the Wayfinder Hotel and virtually, via Zoom, this past Wednesday evening for Steve Marino’s wonderful lecture regarding Patrick J. Boyle, Newport’s first Irish mayor. Steve’s talk was a most engaging, informative and memorable close to our 20th Annual Michael F. Crowley Lecture Series. We are grateful to Steve for researching the “Life and Times” of P.J. Boyle, to Boyle descendants for joining us, in person and “virtually,” and to BankNewport for its generous gift to support the event. If you missed Steve’s talk, please be sure to view the video, which will be posted shortly on the “Lectures” page of our website.

To close out the 45th Annual Newport Irish Heritage Month, the Museum will host two outdoor events this Sunday, Mar. 27. The 12:30 pm tour of the Barney Street Cemetery and Dancing at the Forty Steps at 3:00 pm were previously announced via U.S. Mail and e-newsletter, and we’re sharing the information again, below. The weather looks favorable for these happenings and we hope many of you can attend.

As a reminder, our Interpretive Center is now closed, but will re-open for the 2022 Season Memorial Day weekend. Also coming up this spring is our Annual Meeting, to which all members will be invited and at which we’ll thank our Center docent volunteers for their service. Dates and details to come.

Finally, if you did not catch the news, we’re delighted to announce our new self-guided “Irish Newport ” walking tour brochures. Click HERE for details and how to obtain copies.

Sláinte,

Deanna J. Conheeny

President, Board of Directors

djconheeny@gmail.com

(401) 847-7156-residence/(401)829-0098- mobile

NEW! HISTORIC CEMETERY SITE TOURS

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The Sun. March 20 cemetery tour, attended by upwards of 40

(photo by Larry Bartley)

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Rain did not detour the 15 hearty and enthusiastic folks who joined

the March 6 tour.

(photo by Jack McCormack)

Tours of the historic Barney Street Cemetery, the final resting place of many of Newport’s early Irish immigrants, will be offered in March on three Sunday afternoons at 12:30 pm. Approximately 30 minutes in length, tours will be hosted by local historian and guide, Steve Marino. No fee, but Reservations are requested.

  -Sun. March 6    – Sun. March 20      -Sun. March 27

To reserve, please click the below button for the “Historic Cemetery Tours” page on our website. There, you will find links to reserve for each of the three tours along with interesting historical information about the cemetery site, including links to videos.

  Questions/Assistance with Reservations?

Contact Ann Arnold at (401) 841-5493 or tpm1@earthlink.net

Cemetery Tours – Info. & Reservations

“DANCING AT THE FORTY STEPS” RETURNS

It looks as though we’ll have some “Luck of the Irish” and enjoy favorable weather on Sun. March 27 for this much-loved, family-friendly community event. The outdoor gathering is held weather-permitting, and updates will be posted on our Facebook page and on this webpage: https://newportirishhistory.org/events-calendar/dancing-at-the-forty-steps/

Learn more about this commemorative event and view videos of recent past “Dancing at the Forty Steps” gatherings by visiting the above webpage.

Questions? Please contact event coordinator, Rick O’Neill at

(401) 374-5698 or riconeill@cox.net

LAST BUT NOT LEAST:

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL SEASON IS HERE

As March 31 marks the end of the Museum’s current Fiscal Year, the month of March also kicks off Membership Renewal Season. Nearly 70% of our memberships are Annual Membership (vs. Life), and these are due for renewal at this time of the year. The annual fee for an Individual membership remains $20, and a Family/Household membership $30 (applies to all those living at the same address).

Please, help us defray printing and postage expense by taking a moment to RENEW NOW online, by clicking the “Membership Renewal” button at the bottom of this e-newsletter.

If you prefer to pay by check, please send payable to “MNIH” with “Membership” in the Memo line to us at PO Box 1378, Newport, RI, 02840

If you are not sure of your membership status, please email Ann at tpm1@earthlink.net before making a payment and she’ll get right back to you.

Note:

Please do not send payments or other correspondence to our seasonal Thames Street Interpretive Center address. Thank you!

Museum of Newport Irish History

Established 1996

a 501c3 non-profit organization

Mailing Address:

PO Box 1378, Newport, RI 02840

Interpretive Center:

648 Lower Thames Street, Newport RI 02840

EmailNewportIrishHistory@gmail.com

Click Here for Museum Board of Directors Contact Info. and list of deceased board members, fondly remembered.

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.
Visit our Website
Membership Renewals

Announcing Walking Tour brochures & Reminders re. March events

Announcing Walking Tour brochures & Reminders re. March events

March 15, 2022

Dear Members,

Just in time for spring, we are excited to announced new self-guided walking tour brochures, now available at our Interpretive Center or by mail. Please read on for the details.

Please also scroll down for important reminders of our upcoming March events, including the 5th and final lecture of our Michael F. Crowley Lectures Series on Wednesday March 23 in person and via Zoom. Reservations are required.

Newport Irish Heritage Month is still in high gear, so we hope you will take advantage of these programs.

Finally, if you missed our last e-newsletter, please click HERE to learn about a lecture and reception opportunity on March 16 at 6pm at Providence College.

NEW! WALKNG TOUR BROCHURES

We are excited to announce the availability of new self-guided walking tour brochures. Three tours have been developed, each covering a different neighborhood of “Irish Newport,” and each can be walked in approximately an hour to an hour and a half.

  • Tour #1 covers 14 places of Irish interest in the “Fifth Ward.” The tour starts and ends at our Interpretive Center at 648 Thames Street.
  • Tour #2 starts at 465 Spring Street, “Old Stone House,” now O’Neill-Hayes Funeral Home, and proceeds north on Spring Street, ending at the Barney Street Cemetery.
  • Tour #3 starts at “Hilltop,” now a B&B, at 2 Kay Street, at the intersection of Bellevue Ave. and Touro St. This tour proceeds south along Bellevue Avenue, ending at “Inchiquin” at 719 Bellevue, with 12 points of interest along the way.

Copies of the guides, each of which includes a map, may be picked up during public hours at the Museum’s Interpretive Center, which is open on a number of days during Newport Irish Heritage Month (see below article). The walking tour brochures may also be requested via e-mail at newportirishhistory@gmail.com

A donation of $2 per brochure is requested to offset our development and printing costs.

Payment may be made in person at the Center by cash or check to “MNIH.”

You may also use the ‘Donate” page on our website to order and pay for the walking tour brochures (use the “Direct my Donation” field to place your order): https://newportirishhistory.org/make-a-donation/

INTERPRETIVE CENTER OPEN 9 DAYS IN MARCH

The Museum’s Interpretive Center, which operates seasonally between late-May and the end of October, will be open nine days during March, Newport Irish Heritage Month. Located at

648 Lower Thames Street, just south of Narragansett Avenue, the Center also welcomes private and group tours, by appointment.

The special March 2022 public hours are 12:00–4:00 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the first three weekends in March (Fri. Mar. 4 is the first day). The list of days, parking info., map and directions, and covid protocols, may be viewed on the Home page of our website: https://newportirishhistory.org/

Learn about Irish immigration to the Newport area and of the contributions to the community by individuals of Irish descent from the 1600s to the present through various exhibits, including photographs, artifacts and more.

                    

Admission to the Center is FREE for Museum members and by donation for non-members. For more information, please contact Interpretive Center Manager, Steve Marino, at (860) 995-7367 or at NewportIrishHistory@gmail.com

NEW! HISTORIC CEMETERY SITE TOURS

Tours of the historic Barney Street Cemetery, the final resting place of many of Newport’s early Irish immigrants, will be offered in March on three Sunday afternoons at 12:30 pm, weather permitting. The tours of approximately 30 minutes will be given by local historian and guide, Steve Marino. No fee, but Reservations are requested.

  -Sun. March 6    – Sun. March 20      -Sun. March 27

To reserve, please click the below button for the “Historic Cemetery Tours” page on our website. There, you will find links to reserve for each of the three tours along with interesting historical information about the cemetery site, including links to videos.



  Questions/Assistance with Reservations?

Contact Ann Arnold at (401) 841-5493 or tpm1@earthlink.net

Cemetery Tours – Info. & Reservations

CROWLEY LECTURE MAR. 23:

NEWPORT’S FIRST IRISH MAYOR

Michael F. Crowley Lectures

Fifth Program of the 2021-2022 Series ~ Our 20th Annual

The Life and Times of

Patrick J. Boyle,

Newport’s first Irish Mayor

Guest Speaker: Steve Marino

Wednesday, March 23, 6:00 p.m.

The Wayfinder Hotel

Newport, R.I.

and Live-Streamed via Zoom

made possible by a generous gift from:

Patrick J. Boyle (1860-1923)

Photo courtesy of the Newport Historical Society

When Patrick Boyle became mayor in 1895, many were surprised and few could imagine it was the start of a political career in Newport that would span over twenty years. How did the son of Irish Catholic immigrants, a Democrat in a solidly Republican town, manage this political feat? Join us as we explore the Gilded Age in Newport through the Irish eyes of Patrick J. Boyle.



STEVE MARINO taught history in Connecticut for 35 years and retired to Newport. He has been giving tours at Fort Adams since 2008. He is also on the Board of the Museum of Newport Irish History. Steve holds degrees from Williams College, Brown University, and the Hartford Seminary. This is Steve’s fourth presentation to our membership.

Reservations required. Click a link below to sign up.

In-person guests at the lecture and reception to follow at the Wayfinder Hotel must be fully vaccinated, and a $5 per person fee/donation applies. No fee to participate via Zoom.

Attend Lecture in Person
Attend Lecture via Zoom

“DANCING AT THE FORTY STEPS” RETURNS

Please hope and/or pray for some “Luck of the Irish” that we enjoy favorable weather on Sun. March 27 for this much-loved, family-friendly community event. The outdoor gathering is held weather-permitting, and updates will be posted on our Facebook page and on this webpage: https://newportirishhistory.org/events-calendar/dancing-at-the-forty-steps/

Learn more about this commemorative event and view videos of recent past “Dancing at the Forty Steps” gatherings by visiting the above webpage.

Questions? Please contact event coordinator, Rick O’Neill at

(401) 374-5698 or riconeill@cox.net



45TH ANNUAL NEWPORT IRISH HERITAGE MONTH

Newport Irish Heritage Month, a month-long celebration of “all things Irish,” was established by the former Newport Irish Heritage Association (NIHA) 45 years ago. Founders included Rick O’Neill, Rick Kelly and the late Paul Crowley. The Museum of Newport Irish History was proud to pick up the reins and continue to compile the March calendar of events of Irish interest when NIHA disbanded several years ago.

The March 2022 Newport Irish Heritage Month calendar includes events submitted by the Newport Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, Fort Adams Trust, The Ancient Order of Hibernians, The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, The Museum of Newport Irish History, WADK, and others.

As you plan your March activities, please check out this online calendar, hosted by the Museum within the “Events” page of our website. Here is a direct link: https://newportirishhistory.org/newport-irish-heritage-month/

Questions, or to submit an event for the calendar, please write to us at NewportIrishHistory@gmail.com with “Irish Heritage Month” in the subject line.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST

As March 31 marks the end of the Museum’s current Fiscal Year, the month of March also kicks off Membership Renewal Season. Nearly 70% of our memberships are Annual Membership (vs. Life), and these are due for renewal at this time of the year. The annual fee for an Individual membership remains $20, and a Family/Household membership $30 (applies to all those living at the same address).

Please, help us defray printing and postage expense by taking a moment to RENEW NOW online, by clicking the “Membership Renewal” button at the bottom of this e-newsletter.

If you prefer to pay by check, please send payable to “MNIH” with “Membership” in the Memo line to us at PO Box 1378, Newport, RI, 02840



If you are not sure of your membership status, please email Ann at tpm1@earthlink.net before making a payment and she’ll get right back to you.

Note:

Please do not send payments or other correspondence to our seasonal Thames Street Interpretive Center address. Thank you!

Museum of Newport Irish History

Established 1996

a 501c3 non-profit organization

Mailing Address:

PO Box 1378, Newport, RI 02840

Interpretive Center:

648 Lower Thames Street, Newport RI 02840

EmailNewportIrishHistory@gmail.com

Click Here for Museum Board of Directors Contact Info. and list of deceased board members, fondly remembered.

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.
Visit our Website
Membership Renewals

45th Annual Newport Irish Heritage Month is almost here!

45th Annual Newport Irish Heritage Month is almost here!

February 28, 2022

Dear Fellow Members,

We all look forward to celebrating our proud history and culture during the 45th Annual Newport Irish Heritage Month in March. After the cancellation of most events in March 2020 due to the pandemic, and the pivot to all-virtual in March of 2021, I know you are all eager, as I am, to gather once again. Of course, the highlight for many will be the 66th Annual Parade in Honor of St. Patrick on Saturday, March 12, here in Newport.

There is much in store for you next month, and the Museum is pleased to once again sponsor a full slate of March happenings. You should all have received a flyer in the mail with an overview of our March offerings, a copy of which can be accessed by clicking HERE. A copy of the March 23 Crowley Lecture flyer was mailed separately, and that can be accessed by clicking HERE.

Please read on for a review of each of our happenings, including links to reserve.This information is also available on our website.

I hope to see many of you around town in March, and many of our out-of-area members “virtually,” via Zoom, at the much-anticipated March 23 lecture about Newport’s first Irish mayor, Patrick J. Boyle, by our own local historian and guide, Steve Marino.

Sláinte,

Deanna J. Conheeny

President, Board of Directors

djconheeny@gmail.com

(401) 847-7156-residence/(401)829-0098- mobile

TROLLEY TOUR OF IRISH NEWPORT

One of the charming trolleys operated by Viking Tours of Newport

To kick off Newport Irish Heritage Month, we will host our annual Trolley Tour of “Irish Newport on Sat. Mar. 5Two tours will be offered. The first departs Ancient Order of Hibernian Hall, 2 Wellington Avenue, Newport at 10:00 am sharp, and complimentary coffee and Danish will be available at 9:30 a.m. The second tour departs the Hall at 12:30 pm.

The 2-hour tours, narrated by Mike Slein, include stops at various sites connected to the history of the Irish in Newport, including the Forty Steps on Cliff Walk and the Barney Street Cemetery. The tours include an introductory visit inside the Museum’s Interpretive Center.

Generously sponsored by:

in memory of :

Karen Oakley

Tickets are free, but donations are gratefully accepted.     

Participants must be fully vaccinated. 

Masks required on the vehicle



Reservations are required, and space is limited

(35 riders per trolley).

Note: If you’ve taken the Trolley Tour in past years, especially more than once, we’d ask that you allow our new members

            and our friends in the community at-large to experience the tour, as space is limited. Thank you!

Reserve for 10am
Reserve for 12:30pm

          Questions/Assistance with Trolley Reservations?

Please contact Larry Bartley at (401) 965-7276 or ljbjr@cox.net

INTERPRETIVE CENTER OPEN 9 DAYS IN MARCH

The Museum’s Interpretive Center, which operates seasonally between late-May and the end of October, will be open nine days during March, Newport Irish Heritage Month. Located at

648 Lower Thames Street, just south of Narragansett Avenue, the Center also welcomes private and group tours, by appointment.

The special March 2022 public hours are 12:00–4:00 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the first three weekends in March (Fri. Mar. 4 is the first day). The list of days, parking info., map and directions, and covid protocols, may be viewed at the bottom of the Home page of our website: https://newportirishhistory.org/

Learn about Irish immigration to the Newport area and of the contributions to the community by individuals of Irish descent from the 1600s to the present through various exhibits, including photographs, artifacts and more.

                    

Admission to the Center is FREE for Museum members and by donation for non-members. For more information, please contact Interpretive Center Manager, Steve Marino, at (860) 995-7367 or at NewportIrishHistory@gmail.com

NEW! HISTORIC CEMETERY SITE TOURS

Tours of the historic Barney Street Cemetery, the final resting place of many of Newport’s early Irish immigrants, will be offered in March on three Sunday afternoons at 12:30 pm, weather permitting. The tours of approximately 30 minutes will be given by local historian and guide, Steve Marino. No fee, but Reservations are requested.

  -Sun. March 6    – Sun. March 20      -Sun. March 27

To reserve, please click the below button for the “Historic Cemetery Tours” page on our website. There, you will find links to reserve for each of the three tours along with interesting historical information about the cemetery site, including links to videos.



  Questions/Assistance with Reservations?

Contact Ann Arnold at (401) 841-5493 or tpm1@earthlink.net

Cemetery Tours – Info. & Reservations

CROWLEY LECTURE MAR. 23:

NEWPORT’S FIRST IRISH MAYOR

Michael F. Crowley Lectures

Fifth Program of the 2021-2022 Series ~ Our 20th Annual

The Life and Times of

Patrick J. Boyle,

Newport’s first Irish Mayor

Guest Speaker: Steve Marino

Wednesday, March 23, 6:00 p.m.

The Wayfinder Hotel

Newport, R.I.

and Live-Streamed via Zoom

made possible by a generous gift from:

Patrick J. Boyle (1860-1923)

Photo courtesy of the Newport Historical Society

When Patrick Boyle became mayor in 1895, many were surprised and few could imagine it was the start of a political career in Newport that would span over twenty years. How did the son of Irish Catholic immigrants, a Democrat in a solidly Republican town, manage this political feat? Join us as we explore the Gilded Age in Newport through the Irish eyes of Patrick J. Boyle.



STEVE MARINO taught history in Connecticut for 35 years and retired to Newport. He has been giving tours at Fort Adams since 2008. He is also on the Board of the Museum of Newport Irish History. Steve holds degrees from Williams College, Brown University, and the Hartford Seminary. This is Steve’s fourth presentation to our membership.

Reservations required. Click a link below to sign up.

In-person guests at the lecture and reception to follow at the Wayfinder Hotel must be fully vaccinated, and a $5 per person fee/donation applies. No fee to participate via Zoom.

Attend Lecture in Person
Attend Lecture via Zoom

“DANCING AT THE FORTY STEPS” RETURNS

Please hope and/or pray for some “Luck of the Irish” that we enjoy favorable weather on Sun. March 27 for this much-loved, family-friendly community event. The outdoor gathering is held weather-permitting, and updates will be posted on our Facebook page and on this webpage: https://newportirishhistory.org/events-calendar/dancing-at-the-forty-steps/

Learn more about this commemorative event and view videos of recent past “Dancing at the Forty Steps” gatherings by visiting the above webpage.

Questions? Please contact event coordinator, Rick O’Neill at

(401) 374-5698 or riconeill@cox.net



45TH ANNUAL NEWPORT IRISH HERITAGE MONTH

Newport Irish Heritage Month, a month-long celebration of “all things Irish,” was established by the former Newport Irish Heritage Association (NIHA) 45 years ago. Founders included Rick O’Neill, Rick Kelly and the late Paul Crowley. The Museum of Newport Irish History was proud to pick up the reins and continue to compile the March calendar of events of Irish interest when NIHA disbanded several years ago.

The March 2022 Newport Irish Heritage Month calendar includes events submitted by the Newport Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, Fort Adams Trust, The Ancient Order of Hibernians, The Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, The Museum of Newport Irish History, WADK, and others.

As you plan your March activities, please check out this online calendar, hosted by the Museum within the “Events” page of our website. Here is a direct link: https://newportirishhistory.org/newport-irish-heritage-month/

Questions, or to submit an event for the calendar, please write to us at NewportIrishHistory@gmail.com with “Irish Heritage Month” in the subject line.

LAST BUT NOT LEAST

As March 31 marks the end of the Museum’s current Fiscal Year, the month of March also kicks off Membership Renewal Season. Nearly 70% of our memberships are Annual Membership (vs. Life), and these are due for renewal at this time of the year. The annual fee for an Individual membership remains $20, and a Family/Household membership $30 (applies to all those living at the same address).

Please, help us defray printing and postage expense by taking a moment to RENEW NOW online, by clicking the “Membership Renewal” button at the bottom of this e-newsletter.

If you are not sure of your membership status, please email Ann at tpm1@earthlink.net before making a payment and she’ll get right back to you.

If you prefer to pay by check, please send payable to “MNIH” with “Membership” in the Memo line to us at PO Box 1378, Newport, RI, 02840



Note: please do not send payments or other correspondence to our seasonal Thames Street Interpretive Center address.

Museum of Newport Irish History

Established 1996

a 501c3 non-profit organization

Mailing Address:

PO Box 1378, Newport, RI 02840

Interpretive Center:

648 Lower Thames Street, Newport RI 02840

EmailNewportIrishHistory@gmail.com

Click Here for Museum Board of Directors Contact Info. and list of deceased board members, fondly remembered.

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.
Visit our Website
Membership Renewals

New President’s Greeting & Upcoming Happenings

New President’s Greeting & Upcoming Happenings

New President’s Greeting & Upcoming Happenings

February 2, 2022

Dear Fellow Members,

What a pleasure and a privilege it is to be writing you as president of the Museum of Newport Irish History. Please allow me to tell you a bit about my involvement in the organization and share my perspective on its recent history and bright future.

In 2005, I was invited to join the board by our founding president, the late Vince Arnold, and in 2008 I became treasurer following the passing of then-treasurer, Bill Nagle. I have witnessed the Museum grow from a concept to an actual brick and mortar operation, and seen its membership quadruple in size, now with a roster of over 800 individuals from Newport County and well beyond. What a thrilling journey it has been!

I continue to be impressed with our growth and the amazing dedication and generous support of our members and our board, without whom, none of this could have been possible.

Please take a moment to visit the “Board” page of our website so you might “meet” our new treasurer, Carol Lepley, and new vice president, Rick O’Neill, and see the full roster of all officers and other members of the board. These fellow member-volunteers are a wonderful team, and I know they will continue to serve you well.

On behalf of the membership and the board, I express much gratitude to Mike Slein, who took over as president in 2014 after Vince’s passing. Under Mike’s strong and inspiring leadership, the organization achieved tremendous growth in membership, fiscal stability, and a strengthened community presence. He continued Vince’s legacy of instilling the organization, its board and membership, with a strong sense of our mission, to honor the important contributions of the Irish in building Newport and the surrounding communities.

We have all suffered in these unprecedented times, individually and as a community. During these challenging times, the Museum endeavored to maintain contact with the membership and continue to offer you programming of value. We presented our Michael F. Crowley Lectures “virtually,” via Zoom, and continued to offer the virtual option after resuming in-person talks. We safely reopened our Interpretive Center, though on a more limited basis, and offered private tours for members. Our communications via mail, e-newsletter, and Facebook were uninterrupted, and our website, newportirishhistory.org, was redesigned to be a more useful resource. The Barney Street Cemetery continued to be maintained as a site of historic importance and interest, thanks to members’ donation of time and talent.

We are all looking forward to celebrating our heritage during the 45th Annual Newport Irish Heritage Month this March. Hopefully, and with a little bit of “Irish Luck,” I will see you at some of the activities we have planned (please read on for details).

Again, to you, our members, thank you for all your interest and support. I look forward to continuing to build on Mike and the board’s successes and to meeting you all and hearing your ideas for future activities and initiatives. To 2022! 

Sláinte,

Deanna J. Conheeny

President, Board of Directors

djconheeny@gmail.com

(401) 847-7156-residence/(401)829-0098- mobile

NEXT CROWLEY LECTURE – FEB. 22

The fourth lecture in our 20th Annual Michael F. Crowley Lecture Series will be presented virtually on Tuesday, February 22 at 6pm, via Zoom.

A flyer with the talk overview and speaker bio was mailed to all members. The information is also provided below and on our website “Lectures” page.

Dooley Noted

Mother Jones in 1902 (Libary of Congress photo)

Please join us for:

Irish Women in the

American Labor Movement

Tuesday, Feb. 22, 6:00 pm

Guest Speaker:

Dr. Elizabeth Stack

Executive Director,

The Irish American Heritage Museum

Albany, New York

No fee to participate, but reservations are required

to receive the Zoom login information.

The talk, speaker slides, and Q&A will be recorded and a link shared on our website “Lectures” page post-event.

Talk Overview 
Reservations

NOTE: the Feb. 22 lecture flyer you received in the mail incorrectly stated Wednesday, instead of Tuesday as the day of week for this event. We apologize for any confusion.

ELIZABETH STACK is the executive director of the Irish American Heritage Museum, located in Albany, N.Y. The museum hosts historical exhibits as well as lectures, musical evenings and film presentations, consistent with its mission: “To preserve and tell the story of the contributions of the Irish people and their culture in America, inspiring individuals to examine the importance of their own heritage as part of the American cultural mosaic.”  

Elizabeth joined the museum from Fordham University, where she taught Irish and Irish-American History and was an Associate Director of the Institute of Irish Studies. She completed her PhD at Fordham, writing about Irish and German immigrants in New York at the turn of the twentieth century. She is a native of Listowel, in Co. Kerry. We warmly welcome Dr. Stack for this, her first lecture for the Museum of Newport Irish History.

45TH ANNUAL NEWPORT IRISH HERITAGE MONTH

March 2022

After the pandemic hiatus, the museum will again coordinate the Newport Irish Heritage Month community-wide online calendar of events of Irish interest, the highlight of which for many will be the Newport Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, scheduled for Saturday, March 12.

We are in the process of compiling events from community organizations and the online calendar for 2022 has not yet been published. You will be able to access the information going forward by clicking the above graphic or by visiting the the Newport Irish Heritage Month page of our website: https://newportirishhistory.org/newport-irish-heritage-month/

If you have an in-person or online event to submit for the calendar, please write to NewportIrishHistory@gmail.com with “Irish Heritage Month” in the subject line and please be sure to include your contact information.

Read on for an overview of the events the Museum has planned for this March!

MUSEUM-SPONSORED MARCH EVENTS

Plans are underway for the following museum-sponsored events for March 2022, Newport Irish Heritage Month. You’ll see some “old favorites” as well as new happenings.

Details will be mailed to all members and information and reservation links will also be available on our website.

  • Interpretive Center to be open special hours during March. Schedule now posted on the home page of our website: https://newportirishhistory.org/
  • Crowley Lecture to be presented at the Wayfinder Hotel and via Zoom on Wed. Mar. 23 at 6pm. Topic: Patrick J. Boyle, Newport’s 17-term mayor (1860-1923). Speaker: Steve Marino. Reservations will be required for in-person or Zoom participation. Details and reservation links to come.
  • Trolley Tour of Irish Newport – Plans under development. We hope to offer this popular guided tour once again on Sat. Mar. 5. Details to follow: https://newportirishhistory.org/events-calendar/trolley-tour-of-irish-newport/
  • NEW – Site Tours of the Barney Street Cemetery– Schedule, details and reservation links now online: https://newportirishhistory.org/historic-cemetery-tours/
  • Dancing at the Forty Steps on Cliff Walk – plans underway and we hope to offer this popular happening as a fitting close to the 45th Annual Newport Irish Heritage Month, the afternoon of Sunday, March 27. Details to follow. Click HERE to read about a past “Dancing” event.

Note: Some events are weather-dependent, some will require reservations, and some are subject to covid-related changes.

JAN. 26 VIRTUAL LECTURE RE. BERKELY

Many Museum members participated in the Redwood Library’s virtual lecture of January 26 regarding the famed Irish philosopher, George Berkeley, a resident of Newport in the Colonial era, news of which we shared with you in our last e-newsletter.

If you missed the presentation you may access the recording now on the Redwood’s YouTube channel by clicking the below green button.

Jan. 26 Lecture Recording

Speaking of lecture recordings, if you missed any of the three Crowley Lectures we presented last fall, in person and via Zoom, you may access the recording on the “Lectures” page of our website or by clicking the below links:

  • Shared Spaces: The Irish and African Heritage Experience in Gilded Age Newport” – presented by Keith Stokes & John Quinn
  • The Irish Bridget: Irish Women in Domestic Service in America 1840-1930, with a Spotlight on Irish Servants of the Newport Mansions” – presented by Margaret Lynch-Brennan & Leslie B. Jones. (see below message to descendants of Irish servants)
  • Cheers to Eire: The Political Life of J.Howard McGrath”- presented by Debra A. Mulligan
Website Lectures Page

Museum of Newport Irish History

Established 1996

a 501c3 non-profit organization

Mailing Address:

PO Box 1378, Newport, RI 02840

Interpretive Center:

648 Lower Thames Street, Newport RI 02840

EmailNewportIrishHistory@gmail.com

Click Here for Museum Board of Directors Contact Info. and list of deceased board members, fondly remembered.

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.
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New Year’s Greetings

New Year’s Greetings

New Year’s Greetings

Christmas Card v. 2

January 1, 2022

Dear Members,

The above Celtic-inspired graphic is used courtesy of “Irish American Mom.” Several years ago, this blog published an interesting piece on traditional Irish folk beliefs for New Years and New Year’s greetings in the Irish language, including sound file recordings. We are pleased to share this article and hope you enjoy it:

https://www.irishamericanmom.com/happy-new-year-in-irish/

From all of us on the board of the

Museum of Newport Irish History,

we wish you & your families

health, happiness & peace in the New Year.

Thank you for your membership and support of our Mission!

Board of Directors



Christopher Behan

Deanna Conheeny *

Kevin Doyle

Steve Ferris

Jeremiah Harrington

Carol Lepley

Steve Marino

Ann Arnold May

Jack McCormack

Donna McCarthy

Peg Murray

Rick O’Neill

Kathleen Papp

John Quinn

Dean Robinson

Jim Ryan

Maeve Sheehan

Mike Slein

Dan Titus

Harry Winthrop

*Incoming Board President

as of Jan. 1, 2022


Directors Emeriti
John Booth
Louis Burns
Jack Curran
Peter Martin
Patrick F. Murphy
Honorary Directors
Hon. Kathleen Connell
Mrs. Diana Crowley
Hon. David Roderick
Remembering Board Member and founding Vice President, who passed away in 2021:

Museum of Newport Irish History

Established 1996

a 501c3 non-profit organization

Mailing Address:

PO Box 1378, Newport, RI 02840

Interpretive Center:

648 Lower Thames Street, Newport RI 02840

Email: NewportIrishHistory@gmail.com

Click Here for Museum Board of Directors Contact Info. and list of deceased board members, fondly remembered.

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Season’s Greetings from Your Board of Directors

Season’s Greetings from Your Board of Directors

Seasons Greetings from Mike Slein and your Board of Directors



Board of Directors

Christopher Behan
Deanna Conheeny *
Kevin Doyle
Steve Ferris
Jeremiah Harrington
Carol Lepley
Steve Marino
Ann Arnold May
Jack McCormack
Donna McCarthy
Peg Murray
Rick O’Neill
Kathleen Papp
John Quinn
Dean Robinson
Jim Ryan
Maeve Sheehan
Mike Slein
Dan Titus
Harry Winthrop
*Incoming Board President
as of Jan. 1, 2022

Directors Emeriti
John Booth
Louis Burns
Jack Curran
Peter Martin
Patrick F. Murphy
Honorary Directors
Hon. Kathleen Connell
Mrs. Diana Crowley
Hon. David Roderick
Remembering Board Member and founding Vice President, who passed away in 2021:
December 2021
Dear Fellow Members,            
As we enter this special season of reflection and opportunities of a New Year, my wish for you is time well spent with family and friends. 
You have all given me much for which to be thankful. The support of you, the members; the dedication of the Board and the passion of the docents under the challenges of the pandemic, have been nothing short of gratifying. I have had the unique opportunity to share with you in all the richness of the Irish history, culture and tradition that has shaped our communities.
I now look forward to serving the Board under the leadership and guidance of Deanna Conheeny, our future President, to continue building on our legacy of honoring the contributions of the Irish immigrants and their descendants to Newport County and the surrounding areas.
Thank you and Peace to all.
Mike

Mike Slein - resized
Mike Slein
President,
Board of Directors
(401) 855-5097 – mobile
St Marys church  model
This scale model of St. Mary’s Church is on display at the Museum of Newport Irish History Interpretive Center. The historic church is located at the corner of Spring Street and Memorial Boulevard in Newport.
The beautifully crafted model, which depicts the church at Christmastime, is at least sixty years old. The model was donated to the Museum in 2016 by Saint Mary’s Parish, under the direction of Fr. Kris von Maluski, pastor at that time.
Its maker is unknown, though it is possible the model was crafted in conjunction with the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the church’s dedication (1852-1952). Saint Mary’s is Rhode Island’s oldest Catholic parish, founded in 1828 to serve Newport’s burgeoning Irish immigrant population.
Photo by: Allan Millora
Museum of Newport Irish History
Established 1996
a 501c3 non-profit organization
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. and list of deceased board members, fondly remembered.

December Event Cancellations

December Event Cancellations

IMPT: December Event Cancellations (Dec. 7 & Dec. 11)


December 6, 2021
DEAR MEMBERS:
Due to the increasing prevalence of Covid-19 in our local community, we are compelled to CANCEL tomorrow evening’s Docent reception* and this coming
Saturday’s Christmas Open House
at the Interpretive Center.
These two events, discussed below, were originally announced in our
We regret the inconvenience and look forward to gathering again
when conditions improve.
*we have also personally emailed and/or phoned all who had RSVP’d
for the Dec. 7 gathering to inform them of the cancellation
-CANCELLED-
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 ~
-CANCELLED-
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 ~
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 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
Happy Thanksgiving clip art
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
Giving tuesday 2021
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.
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Thank you for your continued support of our Mission!