September News: Lecture Series kicks off, Cemetery Tours back by popular demand, More!

September News: Lecture Series kicks off, Cemetery Tours back by popular demand, More!

September 3, 2022

Dear Members

We hope you’ve had a most enjoyable summer! September will be an activity-packed month, and we look forward to seeing many of you at one or more of our happenings, in-person in Newport, or “virtually.”

The Board extends a special welcome to our newest members, those who joined in the June-August time period. We hope to have a chance to meet you in person this fall.

Please read on for all the latest news, including the kick-off of our our 21st Annual Lecture Series, our fall Irish cemetery tours, and an update on the 2022 Annual Appeal.  

Please keep in mind that reservations are required for most of our events. Should you have questions or need assistance, one of us will get back to you swiftly.

Best regards,

Your Board of Directors,

Deanna J. Conheeny, President

(click here for board list and contact info)

PS – if you missed our last e-news of Aug. 5, please click to read.

PPS-don’t forget to take our 1-minute survey. Scroll to bottom and look for the shiny penny!

Historic Irish Cemetery Tours

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Tours of the historic Barney Street Cemetery will be offered on the following Sundays at 1:00 pm


Sept. 25

Oct. 9

Oct. 30

These tours of the final resting place of many of Newport’s early Irish immigrants and site of Rhode Island’s first Catholic church, are approximately 30 minutes long, and will be given by popular local historian and guide, Steve Marino, who is also a member of our board of directors, a past lecture series speaker, and the manager of our Interpretive Center on Lower Thames Street.

Tours are given weather-permitting. A light rain won’t stop the tour, but torrential downfalls and high winds will result in a cancellation. No fee.


(click below orange button)

Can’t join us in person?  Click the below button for resources, including directions and links to videos and articles about this site, so central to the history of Newport’s early Irish immigrants.

Photo by Jennifer Carter

Click for Reservations & Info.

21st Annual Lecture Series

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Immigrant Activists:

Irish Americans who Built a Better Society

Lecture made possible by a generous gift from Virginia Pittsley,

given in memory of her husband, Bill Pittsley, and their son, Jay Pittsley

We are delighted to announce that the first talk of our 2022-23 Lecture Series  — our 21st Annual  —  will be presented on Monday, September 19 at 6 pm (EST), per the flyer members recently received in the mail.

Dr. Elizabeth Stack, Executive Director of the Irish American Heritage Museum (Albany, NY), who presented via Zoom to our members from near and far to rave reviews last February, will be joining us in person at our wonderful new venue, Wyndham Newport Hotel, 240 Aquidneck Avenue, Middletown, R.I., just across the Newport border.

Dr. Stack’s lecture will be live-streamed via Zoom for those who are unable to join us in person for the talk, Q&A, and cash-bar reception to follow.

As always, reservations will be required and a modest fee will be charged for members attending the lecture and reception in person. 

Click for Talk Overview & Speaker Bio
Click to Reserve to attend IN-PERSON
Click to Reserve to attend via ZOOM

If you previously reserved and received your

e-confirmation, you are all set.   

Questions or need assistance with your registration?

Please reach out to Ann Arnold, Lecture Series Coordinator,

at or (401) 841-5494,

and she’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

This is a great time to invite your non-member family and friends to attend our talks and become a member! Those who join to attend a lecture are not assessed the $5 per person lecture fee, just pay the 1-year Annual Membership fee of $20 Individual ($30 Family/Household). It’s our “welcome” gift to them. Questions/Suggestions/Comments:  

Please contact Ann at

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Our Wyndham Newport hosts invite you to dine at their on-site restaurant, Johnny’s, before or after the 6:00 pm lecture.

Their popular three-course $17 “Early Bird” menu will be in effect, from 3-6pm (regular dinner menu/pricing will be in effect the blanch of the evening). 


are strongly encouraged

Click HERE for Johnny’s website. When you click  the “Menu” option, be sure to scroll all the way down to see each menu page graphic to click and view. “Early Bird” is on far-right.

Phone for reservations: (401) 847-2750.

2022 Annual Appeal

Thus far,183 donations to the Appeal have been received.

We are truly grateful for each and every gift!

The total raised to-date: $22,760

Your gift in any amount will make a difference, and is also a wonderful way to honor your deceased or living loved ones.

Donate NOW with Credit Card
Download Reply Form to Mail in with Check
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Thank You to all those who have contributed thus far to the 2022 Annual Appeal!

Click the Button for a list of donor names, reflecting those whose gifts were received as of August 31.

List will be updated as additional gifts are received.

Donors as of Aug. 31

When the 2022 Appeal is concluded, a donor board to recognize the names of all individuals, foundations, and organizations that have contributed to the appeal will be produced and displayed at

our Interpretive Center and at special events, as we did for

the 2020 Appeal

Please Note: Donors to the 2022 Appeal will received written acknowledgment of their gift by mail very shortly. We apologize for the delay.

News you May Have Missed 

The below button is a link to our most recent-past

e-newsletter, which included a recap of our

Annual Meeting in May and results of our

2022 Annual Appeal as of July 31:

Aug. 5 Members’ E-News

There is also an achieve of past newsletters on our website. 

A Penny for your Thoughts ?

Members who have been with us for any period of time are familiar with the flyers they receive in the U.S. mail, inviting them to our lectures, Annual Meeting and Irish Heritage Month happenings. Members also receive occasional special letters or invitations connected to fundraising initiatives, such as our 2020 and 2022 Annual Appeals, and our yearly benefit gala (last held pre-covid). Of course, all of this information is also shared on our website and via e-newsletters, such as the one you are now reading.

At this juncture, we are exploring the idea of potentially cutting back on U.S. mailings to those who use email, in order to be ecologically responsible and to reduce printing and postage expenses — but we need your input to understand your needs and preferences. No decisions have been made; we are simply gathering data and member input at this time.

Key Facts:

  • We send a maximum of 10 U.S. mailings per year, and perhaps twice as many e-newsletters.
  •  A material number of our members are not email/Internet users, so rely exclusively on our mailings to stay informed and engaged. (Nothing will change for them).
  • The average e-newsletter is opened by 60-65% of members with emails in our system. 

Below is a simple survey to help us gauge your interest in continuing to receive printed pieces in the mail, along with these e-newsletters vs. the option of reducing or

eliminating paper mailings. 


If given the option, would you prefer to receive

ALL your member news from us via E-newsletter

(and forgo paper in the mail) ?

Please pick 1 of the 3 replies.

Click 1 of these 3 boxes.
YES. I prefer all my communications in electronic form.
NO. I would prefer to continue to receive US. mailings, along with these e-newsletters.
NOT SURE. I appreciate the benefits of both, and not sure I’m ready to forgo paper mailings.

Thank you for sharing your input on this issue! 

After choosing 1 of the 3 options, above, feel free to share other thoughts via or by phoning Ann Arnold, Membership Chair at

(401) 841-5493 or (917) 270-3372.

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

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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Membership Renewals

Thank You to all our members with Annual (vs. Life) Memberships who have paid their dues for the

2022-2023 Membership Year.

We are still anticipating payments from

approximately 130 of you, whose memberships

lapsed as of April 1.

Thank you submitting payment at your first opportunity.

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