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Julia Jackman, ca. 1910, from exhibit "Home for the Heart"
Julia Jackman, ca. 1910. From the exhibition "Home for the Heart". Photo courtesy Irish American Heritage Museum

The Irish American Heritage Museum

Founded in 1986, the Irish American Heritage Museum in Albany is the only American museum dedicated to the study and celebration of Irish American history and culture.

The museum develops and presents exhibitions, and sponsors activities to educate Irish Americans about their unique heritage, which also illustrate to other Americans the impact that Irish immigrants have had in our society. Past exhibitions have been "The Great Hunger," about the famine in the 1840s; "Home for the Heart," about Irish immigration to the United States; and "American Presidents of Irish Descent."

Public programs are held in East Durham during the summer, and at various locations in the Albany region throughout the year. The museum's research library and archives are used by scholars, genealogists, and the public to delve into Irish heritage. The nonprofit museum is a cultural and education organization chartered by the Board of Regents of the State of New York.

Documentation includes a museum newsletter and brochure, exhibition flyers, several photos, and a newspaper clipping.

Originally submitted by: Michael R. McNulty, Representative (21st District).

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The Local Legacies project provides a "snapshot" of American Culture as it was expressed in spring of 2000. Consequently, it is not being updated with new or revised information with the exception of "Related Website" links.

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