Interpretive Center reopens for the 2021 Season this Fri. May 28
Interpretive Center Opens for the
Photo by Allan Millora.
May 26, 2021
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
Historic Irish Cemetery Maintained by Dedicated Museum Volunteers
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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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.