November 2014

The Irish Bridget 

Irish Immigrant Women in Domestic Service in America

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The Irish Bridget: Irish Immigrant Women in Domestic Service in America

is presented by historian Margaret Lynch Brennan and based on her book of the same title. “Bridget” was the Irish immigrant service girl who worked in American homes from the second half of the nineteenth century into the early years of the twentieth. She is widely known as a pop culture cliché: the young girl who wreaks havoc in middle-class American homes. Now, in the first book-length treatment of the topic, Margaret Lynch-Brennan tells the real story of such Irish domestic servants, often in their own words, providing a richly detailed portrait of their lives and experiences.

Irish Genealogy 101

Wednesday, November 19 at 6:30pm

So you have finally found out where your Irish ancestors come from, now where do you go from here? Join genealogist-in-residence for the Irish American Heritage Museum in Albany, Lisa Dougherty, for a workshop detailing the ins and outs of Irish research. Did you know that some church parish records can be accessed from a home computer? That it is possible to pinpoint the exact location of your family’s home in the mid-1800’s? Or that there is a website specifically dedicated to connecting scattered Irish families from all over the world? This presentation will give you an idea of the basics to help you find your family in the Emerald Isle!

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From Left: Kevin Carey- Son of Governor Hugh Carey, Ryan Mahoney- Executive Director of the Irish American Heritage Museum, United States Congressman Paul Tonko, Edward Collins- Chair Emeritus of the Irish American Heritage Museum, 2014 Governor Hugh L. Carey Recipients William Kennedy and  Sister Katherine Graber, RSM, Ambassador Consul General Barbara Jones, Jack Mulvey- Board Chair- Irish American Heritage Museum

Thank You!

unnamed (11).jpgThe Museum would like to send out a big thank you to everyone that came to, supported, and volunteered the 2014 Governor Hugh L. Carey Awards Gala on November 1st at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center.

At right, Ambassador Counsel General Barbara Jones with Museum Board Member Liam McNabb and NYS AOH Vice President Tim McSweeney.

This year’s recipients were Pulitzer Prize winning author William Kennedy and Sister Katherine Graber, RSM, who accepted on behalf of the Religious Sisters of Mercy.

A big thank you goes out to all of those organizations that provided ads in the journal, or who bought tables.

We also would like to recognize our Harp Sponsors this year: Maria College, St. Peter’s Health Partners, St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation, The Times Union, B95.5, WNYT, CSEA, Mohawk Paper, and Exit 9 Wine and Liquor.

We hope to see you all at the 2015 Governor Hugh L. Carey Awards Gala!

Calendar of Events 

Christmas Is Coming!  Our Gift Shop is open for those hard-to-find Christmas presents!

Note : For events at the Museum, free street parking after 6 PM on weekdays and all day on weekends. Please do not park in the private lots behind the Museum.

  • November 13, 6PM-9PM. Capital District Irish American Association Open House.  Each of the 15 associated organizations with the CDIAA will be there to explain the special part they play in protecting and preserving Irish culture.  Free entertainment and food!  375 Ontario St. Albany, NY 12208.
  • November 15, 6PM. The Albany LAOH and AOH present the 2014 Freedom for All Ireland Night.  Guest of Honor and Winner of the 2014 Father Murphy Award is NYS AOH National Immigration Chair Dan Dennehy.  375 Ontario St. Albany, NY 12208.
  • November 16, 2PM. The Irish Bridget: Irish Immigrant Women in Domestic Service in America is presented by historian Margaret Lynch Brennan.  370 Broadway Albany, NY 12207. Free admission.
  • November 19. 6:30PM. Irish Genealogy 101 presented by Lisa Dougherty. 370 Broadway Albany, NY 12207.  Free admission.