Between 1845 and 1851, the population of Ireland was devastated by a terrible potato famine. Historians estimate that as a result of the tardy and inadequate British government response to the “great hunger,” one million or more Irish men, women and children died. One and one-half million more Irish emigrated to the United States and other countries.
On Sunday, April 14, take a tour along the Providence River with Don Deignan, Ph. D., president of the Famine Memorial Committee and URI Professor Scott Molloy, Ph. D. Our guides will speak about what drove the Irish to Rhode Island during the Famine and what happened to them in this state after their arrival. We will also learn how the Famine Memorial monument was funded and built, and what the future holds for the commemoration and Irish heritage in RI. Following the tour, a dinner at RiRa will be enjoyed by all.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Museum of Work & Culture.
The bus will depart at 2:30 pm from Andrew’s Bistro’s parking lot, located at 3755 Mendon Rd. Cumberland, RI. People who do not wish to take the bus can join the group at the Memorial at 3:00 pm.
To reserve or for information contact Anne Conway at aconway@ rihs.org
Don’t Forget About Our Trip to Ireland!
RIHS members and friends are invited to join the Museum of Work & Culture on a nine day, seven night fundraising trip to Ireland from September 10th-18th, 2013. Conway Tours will donate a portion of each ticket sold back to the RIHS to help support its programs and care for its collections.
Contact Anne Conway at firstname.lastname@example.org or 401-769-9675.
2013: Faith & Freedom at the Rhode Island Historical Society
Three hundred and fifty years ago, Rhode Island was formed with a unique charter that spelled out more rights than any other document of its kind. In 2013, as we mark the issuance of Rhode Island’s charter we ask: how has Rhode Island been shaped by its at once very religious population and its steadfast connection to tolerance?