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TIARA/NEHGS Irish Genealogy Joint Event
Saturday, March 17th, 9:30 - 12:00 (St. Patrick's Day)

Come join TIARA as it celebrates St. Patrick's Day with a joint event with the
New England Historic Genealogical Society (NEHGS) at the NEHGS Library,
99-101 Newbury Street, Boston.

Advance registration is required.  Cost is $25.00.

Note: TIARA members have priority registration through Thursday, Feb. 22.   After Feb. 22,
registration will be open to the general public.  Register early as this event usually sells out!

Click here to register online through the NEHGS website.

Theme: Anti-Irish Sentiment in 19th-Century America

During the period of the Great Hunger in Ireland, between 1845 and 1852, approximately one million people died of starvation and illness, and an additional two million emigrated.   Countless Irish immigrants sailed to American and Canadian ports in squalid conditions, simply hoping for a chance to survive.   The mass influx of Irish refugees stretched the patience-and tolerance-of many Americans.   Learn about the nativist backlash in Boston, across the state of Massachusetts, and throughout the country.


9:30am   - Registration and Refreshments
10:00am - Lecture: 'The Rise and Fall of the American Party'   by Peter Drummey.
11:00am - Lecture: 'Famine-era Quarantine Station on Boston's Deer Island'   by Eileen Pironti.

After the seminar, participants are welcome to conduct research in the NEHGS library for the remainder of the day.

About the Speakers:

Peter Drummey, The Stephen T. Riley Librarian, has been at the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) since 1987.  Over the course of 35years, Drummey has assisted more than 50,000 researchers who have visited the Society and a far larger number from a distance.

Eileen Pironti, Genealogist of the Newbury Street Press, graduated with a B.A. from Saint Anselm College, and received an M.S. from American University.  Eileen's areas of expertise include Irish, Scottish, and 19th century New England research.  Eileen is a TIARA member and regular contributor to the newsletter.

Upcoming Speakers

Future meeting lectures will be announced as soon as arrangements are completed.

Except July and August, TIARA usually meets either the second Friday evening of every month, or on the following Saturday morning at various locations.

On Friday nights, the meetings will be held at - Room G3 in the Mandel Center for Humanities, on the campus of Brandeis University, 415 South St., Waltham, Massachusetts. ( See the Brandeis University campus map for directions. )

Note that parking is free and handicap parking is available directly in front of the building.   Public Transportation is available via the Brandeis/Roberts "T" stop however the station is approx. 1/2 mile from the meeting facility.   The meetings are free and open to the public, but membership is encouraged.

The programs presented at the meetings vary, but may include general topics such as: how to do genealogical research; Irish history; resources for Irish research in the New England, Dublin, and Belfast area; and how to locate ancestors in Maritime Canada, Northern Ireland, or the Republic of Ireland.   Note that each meeting will begin with a brief TIARA business meeting and announcements of upcoming events that may be of interest to the members.

For information about upcoming programs, write to:
The Irish Ancestral Research Association
84 South St.
Waltham, Massachusetts

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Meeting Cancellation Notices

Meeting cancellations will appear on Boston's Channel 7 or 56 by 1:00 PM in case of severe weather.  
Cancellation Notices will also appear on Channel 7's website WHDH.   

Also, if classes are cancelled at Brandeis due to weather, the TIARA meeting will also be cancelled.

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