THANK YOU FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
As Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum approaches the beginning of its third year, I am writing to express my sincere gratitude to the many friends and donors of the museum who have supported it since its opening. Through your enthusiasm, feedback and support, the museum has welcomed thousands of visitors and groups, hosted myriad events, and continues to acquire fine works of art, which strengthen its collection.
I have some great news to share! Recently, due to the generosity of the donors listed on the attached document, we acquired William Oliver’s The Irish Piper (1874), a painting that addresses the revival of social and cultural life in Ireland in the post-Famine period. We are excited to have this fine painting join the museum collection. It is currently on view, and I invite you to please come see it.
Hearing your family stories and Famine memories has not only been humbling, but confirms the importance of getting the story of the Great Hunger right, for our generation and future generations. Many of you have expressed your gratitude for the development of the museum and the works in its collection. I share with you the belief that the museum is here to bear witness to those who have come before us. Due in large part to your continued generosity, the museum continues to fulfill its mission of educating the world about this tragic time in Ireland’s history, and of showcasing superb work by Irish and Irish-American artists.
Looking Ahead to 2015
We continue to build on the progress made thus far, and offer a variety of events for all ages. In addition, we are launching a museum publications program. The first phase of this includes four essays on different aspects of the Famine written by renowned Irish professors, cultural theorists and art historians. We will be hosting our first symposium with many leading Famine scholars. More details to follow in the fall.
Thank you again for your interest. I assure you that your support has accomplished a great deal, and we still have much to do. To offer your support, please visit the museum website at www.ighm.org. Or mail a check made payable to “Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum” to Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, 3011 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT 06518-0198.
I look forward to seeing you at the museum again. Please contact me at any time about our activities, or if I can be of assistance in any way.
Donors to Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum
(founding – 6/13/2014)
Sheila C. Alonso
Margaret M. Arico
Mr. and Mrs. Russell S. Banks
Susan H. Brosnan
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald V. Brown
Mr. and Mrs. Brian P. Burns
Janet C. Butterworth
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Cesare
Da-Gon and Anna Chen
Marie L. Clark
Mr. and Mrs. John W. Colleran in memory of Murray Lender
Judy Cooper in memory of Murray Lender
Mr. and Mrs. James Cronin
Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Curtiss
The Rev. Christopher J. Devron, S.J. in honor of Dr. John L. Lahey
Andrea M. Duffy
Mr. and Mrs. William L. Dunn
Mr. and Mrs. Paul T. Dwyer III
Mr. and Mrs. Marc B. Feeley
Siobhan J. Gibbons
Mr. and Mrs. Leonard J. Goldberg
Mr. and Mrs. Michael M. Griffin
A. Patricia Hatje
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Heagy
Mr. and Mrs. Brian Heery in honor of George Waldron & in memory of Mary Waldron
Joan P. Johnson
Mr. and Mrs. Carl W. Jordan in memory of Mary Jean Vining-Sweeney
Dr. and Mrs. John L. Lahey
Stephen F. Lombard
Dorinda C. McKiernan
V Robert F. McKiernan
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Morrissey
Liam Ó Broin
Kathleen E. Regan
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew J. Rodican in memory of Mary Jean Vining-Sweeney
Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Schwab
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Scott
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Shea in memory of Margaret Burke
Wilma J. Sullivan
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Summa in memory of Mary Jean Vining-Sweeney
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Valdez
Various Donors in memory of Mary Jean Vining-Sweeney
Eileen Waldron in memory of Mary Waldron
George A. Waldron in memory of Mary Anne Waldron & David F. Waldron
Mr. and Mrs. Daniel J. Wallace
Joe and Cindy Goldberg Foundation
Irish Business Organization
New York Celtic Medical Society
Screenland Studios Production Inc.
Seymour Historical Society Inc.
Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick in the City