Posts Tagged ‘Irish Immigrants’

Irish Family Comes to
Tenement Museum

An Irish immigrant family is moving into 97 Orchard Street in the Lower East Side of New York City, but it won’t be having visitors until May 2005. That’s because this is the address of the Tenement Museum, a National Historic Site, which exhibits apartments of immigrant families that once lived in the building. TheRead more..

Jeanie Johnston Makes Her Way Up The East Coast

Floating Museum Shows Irish-Americans What Ancestors Encountered. ℘℘℘ In 1848 it would cost you $5.50 to cross the Atlantic from Ireland on the sailing ship Jeanie Johnston. That fare represented half a year’s wages for an Irish laborer hoping to start a new life in America. Today, for $7.00 you can buy a ticket toRead more..

Irish on Parade

June 1, 1907: Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. ℘℘℘ My grandfather Phillip L. McQuillan, one of the early plumbing and heating engineers, celebrated his Irish-American patriotism by participating in the 1907 Memorial Day Parade in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. The sign on the side of the wagon reads “P.L. McQuillan, Good Plumbing.” Two of his twelve children, RuthRead more..

The Last Word

The last time it happened…The Irish were to blame. ℘℘℘ The election results are in. The presidential candidate of the incumbent Democratic party has won the popular vote but lost the election because one big state has narrowly swung to the Republicans. Commentators blame the Democratic loss, in part, on defections among a key ethnicRead more..

Photo Album:
Gracie’s Crossing

Grace Boner was born December 10, 1904 in Altmore near Burtonport in the Rosses, County Donegal, Ireland. She married John Conaghan from nearby Crickamore. John went to America looking for work, leaving Gracie with two children, John and Celia, and a child on the way. Gracie, left to raise her family in a small one-roomRead more..

Grampa’s Story

My grandfather, Denis A. Lyons, was my best friend and playmate. He used to spend many hours with me trying to support and mold my forming personality. As is the tradition among the Irish, he used stories to illustrate whichever point he was trying to make. He told me many, many stories but only oneRead more..

Man of Erin 2001 Contest

The Philadelphia Immigration Resource Center will be hosting a bachelors’ contest titled “Man of Erin 2001” on February 24. The winner will receive a trip to Ireland, including airfare, accommodations and spending money and will represent Philadelphia in the bachelor contest at the Guinness International Mullingar Festival over the summer. The Philadelphia Immigration Resource CenterRead more..

Dreaming of Freedom

A new exhibit in Boston traces the city’s history as a gateway to the United States and freedom. A state-of-the-art multimedia exhibition honoring Boston’s diverse mix of immigrants has opened to the public at the city’s new $3 million Dreams of Freedom Center. Located at One Milk Street, the birth site of Benjamin Franklin DreamsRead more..

The King Ranch

How the orphaned son of Irish immigrants ended up owning one of the largest cattle ranches in Texas. ℘℘℘ Kingsville, Texas: You look across the flat, dry miles stretching to the horizon, land that was even more foreboding 150 years ago, and wonder how an Irish river pilot could see this developing as the epicenterRead more..

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Happy Holidays!

The celebration of Christmas at Rockefeller Center started informally in 1931 when workmen involved in the construction of the Center placed a small tree on the Fifth Avenue site of the British Empire Building and La Maison Francaise (the two buildings which today separate The Channel Gardens). The tree was decorated with tinsel and gailyRead more..