December Newsletter

Wishes From The Irish American Heritage Museum to All of You For a Very Merry and Safe Christmas With All Of Your Loved Ones!!
“An Nollaig in Éirinn!” Bring the Family: Irish Christmas Traditions

An Old-Fashioned Traditional Irish Christmas!  Open House Sunday December 15, 1-3 PM:   We invite you to experience a very special presentation of  “A Traditional Irish Christmas”   when  the Museum will highlight customs and decorations for which the Irish have become  known.  We will have a “Tricolors” tree decorated with Celtic items for sale. Learn about the traditional “Candle in the Window,” “The Laden Table,” “The Ring of Holly,” “Handsel Monday,” “Women’s Little Christmas,” and the traditional Irish greeting. Ireland – a country rich in traditions flowing from its deep Celtic and Christian histories!  Come hear Albany’s Cailey Wolfgang on fiddle, accompanied by George Krakat, local acoustic guitar player and vocalist. Albany street parking is free on the weekends. Please do not park in the private lots behind the Museum.

DRAMAcademics Presents ‘Don’t Iron While the Strike is Hot!’

 The Irish American Heritage Museum is proud to be working with DRAMAcademics Educational Youth Theater to bring its performance of Don’t Iron While the Strike is Hot! to the Museum on Saturday January 18th at 2:00 p.m. The musical, written by Ruth Henry, tells the story of young Irish immigrant Kate Mullany, her organization of the Collar Laundry Union  in 1864 in Troy, N.Y. – the first bona-fide Female Labor Union in the Country – and its strike of the collar manufacturers. The performance is produced and performed by students ranging from age 8-15. This is a fun and engaging local history lesson for all ages and is being offered for free at the Museum (please see Calendar below). Hope to see you there! Albany street parking is free on the weekends. Please do not park in the private lots behind the Museum.

 Currently on Display: The Irish in the American Civil War

In commemoration of the Civil War sesquicentennial, the Irish American Heritage Museum honors the service of the Irish through the exhibit The Irish in the American Civil War. This show takes an in-depth look at Union regiments from New York, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts, as well as Confederate regiments from Louisiana and Tennessee. This information is supplemented by the fantastic prints of the Irish by such celebrated artists as Don Troiani, Mort Künstler, and Bradley Schmehl and period memorabilia not seen during the exhibit’s first presentation in 2012. Wednesday-Friday,11:00 a.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 12 noon – 4:00 p.m. Metered parking on weekdays; free street parking on weekends. Please do not park in the private lots behind the Museum.


Irish and the Human Condition Exhibit Opens Feb. 1

Join artists Roy Stevens, Susan Beadle, and Kevin Morgan as they present the ways inwhich  Irish culture both shaped and melded with American culture. A collection of photographs, paintings, stained glass, and objects will be displayed to show both the external and internal aspects of the human condition as it relates to Irish heritage. The exhibit opens on Saturday February 1 with a reception from 3PM-5PM. Albany street parking is free on the weekends. Please do not park in the private lots behind the Museum.


Christmas Gift Idea: Give the Gift of Museum Membership

Have someone on your shopping list for whom it’s always hard to buy? How about purchasing a membership to the Irish American Heritage Museum! Annual membership lasts for a 12-month period and provides a number of benefits including museum shop discounts, deals on special workshops and classes, unlimited admission to the library and museum, and even special members-only emails. As membership levels increase, so do the benefits! How about free admission to 668 museums across the country, or even your own private one-on-one session with the Museum’s genealogist? This is a fantastic gift for anyone on your list, and at the same time you are also supporting the Museum and all of its programs, exhibits, and educational endeavors. Go to to order online, or call us at 518-427-1916.

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