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The Irish Influence in the Adirondacks
One of the geographic areas in which thousands of Irish immigrants had a significant influence was indeed the Adirondack Mountains. The Irish and their descendants (Irish Americans) have a long history of helping to establish and develop the villages and towns and thus the culture and economy within the Adirondack Mountain Region.
Topics on which are focused in include historic events such as Irish American Mike Cronin driving Vice-President Theodore Roosevelt through the mountains to the North Creek Train Station to eventually become President of the United States. There are sections devoted to immigration patterns in the Adirondacks and the Irish influence on the mining, tanning, logging, and hospitality industries. There are even sections on the Irish-American influence in the Winter Olympics. Visitors will truly be amazed in the role of Irish-Americans in the development of the Adirondacks.
Visions of Ireland: The Art of Michael Augustine Power O’Malley
The Museum is excited to put together “Visions of Ireland: The Art of Michael Augustine Power O’Malley. This exhibit gives a fantastic view into the rural everyday life in Ireland in the early 20th century. Power O’Malley was born in County Waterford and studied at the National Academy of Design in New York. He painted a wide range of landscapes and portraits across Ireland and exhibited at Aonach Sailteen, Dublin in 1924. O’Malley also painted in America, exhibiting a view of the Hudson River at the National Academy of Design in 1922 and later, views in New Mexico and Texas.
Power-O’Malley made regular painting trips back to Ireland—most notably to Achill Island in County Mayo. He also produced book illustrations and covers for Life and the Literary Digest.
This exhibit is made possible through the support of the Irish Government Emigrant Support Programm
Celtic folk singer songwriter Kevin McKrell was a founding member of Celtic Folk Band Donnybrook Fair ,and the Celtic Bluegrass Band The McKrells. He has performed in theaters ,clubs and on festival stages across the United States, Canada , Ireland and Scotland His songs have been recorded or performed by artists from around the world including ,The Kingston Trio, The Furey Brothers and Davy Arthur, Seamus Kennedy, North Sea Gas, Hair of the Dog ,Wood’s Tea Company ,Bob Shane, The Dublin City Ramblers and many more . Kevin and his bands have performed for audiences at the top Celtic, Folk and Bluegrass festivals . Carnegie Hall , Lincoln Center, Troy Music Hall, Berklee Performance Hall , Proctors Theater, Saratoga Performing Arts Center. The Landmark Theater Syracuse, Milwaukee Irish Festival, The Great American Irish Festival, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Winterhawk Bluegrass festival are a few of the top venues where Kevin and his bands have appeared. Kevin is also a award winning painter and sculpture as well as partner and creative director of Celtic Attitudes Clothing Company.
The Museum’s Rich History of Acclaimed Exhibits
Over the last two decades, the Museum has developed and produced a number of very successful exhibits.
- “The Irish and the Erie Canal” In keeping with its mission, the Irish American Heritage Museum presents its newest exhibit “The Irish and the Erie Canal.” This exhibit reveals the historical contributions of the Irish to the planning, designing, engineering, funding and construction of the Canal. This famed achievement transformed early America, and in particular New York City, into a world economic power by linking the Great Lakes and the interior of the young nation to the Atlantic Ocean and the world.
- “Dublin: Then and Now.” Our internationally acclaimed exhibit of stunning photographs portrays life on the gritty streets of Dublin and in its “docklands” in the late 1950s and early 1960s. It likewise portrays life in Dublin in the same areas during the first decade of the 21st century to reveal the transformation in Irish life over 50 years.
- “Soldiers Are We: The Irish in Military Service” tells the story of centuries-long service of the Irish to their homelands.
- “The Irish in Music” chronicles the contributions of the Irish to music in our culture, including writers, composers, performers and entrepreneurs.
- “Corporate Irish” celebrates the lives of the men and women who rose to powerful positions in the business world and helped shape the economic future of the United States — from the colonial period to many contemporary entrepreneurs.
- “The Irish and Labor” reveals the contributions of the Irish to the American labor movement.
- “An Gorta Mór: The Great Hunger” chronicles the tremendous impact of the Irish famine in the mid-19th century.
- “Fire Upon the Hearth” celebrates the contributions of women of Irish heritage in America.
- “Go and Preach the Kingdom of God” tells about Irish religious and how they clothed, fed, housed and educated the waves of Irish immigrants that flooded America’s shores.
- “Presidents of Irish Descent” is the story of our 20 presidents who claim Irish ancestry.
All of the Irish American Heritage Museum’s exhibits are available for presentation on a loan basis and are in great demand. In 2010, the Museum presented “Dublin: Then and Now” at the Irish Consulate in New York City, the Commodore Barry Irish Center in Philadelphia, the Gaelic-American Club in Fairfield, CT, and the Waterford (NY) Senior Citizens Center. The same exhibit drew international acclaim in 2006 when the Museum became the first American Museum of its kind to exhibit at Ireland’s National Library in Dublin.
The Museum’s various exhibits have been on display in such venues as the Children’s Museum of West Virginia; the Heritage State Park Visitor’s Center, Lawrence, MA; the Kerry County Library, Tralee, Co. Kerry, and the US Embassy in Dublin Ireland; The Margaret Mitchell House, Atlanta, GA; the Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee, WI; the Trade Center in St. Paul, MN; the Louisiana State Museum in New Orleans; the Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, MO; the Hatikvah Holocaust Education and Research Center in Springfield, MA; the Arlington Heights Historical Museum, Arlington Heights, IL; and the St. Petersburg International Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida.