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The Irish American Heritage Museum

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The Irish American Heritage Museum is a permanently chartered 501(c)3 non-profit with an educational mission: To preserve and tell the story of the contributions of the Irish people and their culture in America, inspiring individuals to examine the importance of their own heritage as part of the American cultural mosaic.

As such, the Museum is unique in America, where almost 40 million individuals claim Irish ancestry. It is committed to the basic tenet that preserving one's heritage is vital to providing a cultural and historical foundation to future generations of Americans.

Our museum in Albany, New York, provides year-round access, especially by school groups, to our exhibits, our Paul O'Dwyer Library, lectures, presentations, film screenings, book signings and other special programs.

The Museum was an integral force in requiring instruction in New York State's public schools about the Irish Famine of 1845-1853. Further, we are the first Museum of its kind here in America to have exhibited at the National Library in Dublin.Come together for Hurricane Sandy Victims! Please help those in need during this Thanksgiving season, especially the people of Breezy Point! Its Gaelic name is Cois Farraige, which means "By The Sea." Irish police & firefighters, looking for affordable seaside housing, built their homes in the area when transportation to & from the city became readily available a century ago! Their descendants, many of them also fire fighters and police, sacrificed their lives rescuing people in the World Trade Center. The Staten Island, New York City and Westchester Irish and their families, and all, need us NOW! Come together!

For thoGenealogy Workshops Return: Two new sessions are planned with professional genealogist Lisa Walsh Dougherty. "Beginning Your Genealogy Research" on Wednesday, January 16 at 6:30 p.m. will help you get started in the pursuit of your own family history by offering guidelines for gathering information, conducting effective family interviews, and organizing your research. On Thursday, January 31 is a "Tips and Tricks for Using" session. is the largest and most widely used genealogy website online today. Navigating this vast resource effectively in search of your ancestors is a process that takes time and practice. Lisa Dougherty shares her 12+ years experience as an Ancestry subscriber to offer tips on exploring, searching and utilizing all that Ancestry has to offer for the family historian. FREE at the Museum.

Dominick Lizzi Lecture on Governor Martin Glynn

A warm thank you to Albany native and Valatie author Dominick C. Lizzi for his guest lecture on Sunday afternoon, December 2, before a good crowd, including State Assemblymember Jack McEneny, who introduced the author, and his wife Jan. Thank you to everyone who came to the Museum interested in learning about Mr. Lizzi's study of "Martin Glynn: Forgotten Hero," a biography about New York State's first Catholic governor, who was of Irish heritage and is buried in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands, NY. Expanded Irish in the Civil War Exhibit Opens. The Museum's brand new "Irish in the Civil War" exhibit opened on November 16.

Come and experience this exhibit as the nation commemorates the 150th anniversary of the War of the Rebellion, more commonly referred to as the War Between the States or the Civil War. It is imperative that Americans remember the sacrifices made by so many sons of Erin in the American Civil War, The Museum's exhibit features possessions of Patrick H. White, (1832-1915), American Civil War Medal of Honor recipient born in Sligo, Ireland, including his Medals of Honor, on loan from the New York State Museum, and excerpts from his diary. Patrick H. White is buried in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands, New York. The suggested donations for admission are: $3 adults, $2 seniors and free for children 14 years of age and younger. Museum Memberships are also available upon entry. Donations and memberships help fund the Museum's educational wanting to help through Irish

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