The American Irish Historical Society

The American Irish Historical Society The American Irish Historical Society records, celebrates, promotes and reflects the values of Irish culture that contribute to the growth of our nation.
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Founded in 1897, the AIHS is an international center of scholarship, education and cultural enrichment dedicated to promoting the significant, on-going contributions to the United States of America made by Irish immigrants and their descendants. The Society maintains an extensive collection of Irish and American Irish books, newspapers, archives and memorabilia in its landmark headquarters on Fifth Avenue's Museum Mile. Its highly acclaimed literary journal, "The Recorder", chronicles the surging creativity of Irish writers on both sides of the Atlantic. The center sponsors public programs to explore current issues and celebrates the renaissance in Irish culture from its weekly lectures, visual art exhibits and concerts.

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Join us for a special streaming concert and performance from James Joyce's The Dead on January 6 at 7:30pm. Click here f...
01/04/2021
A Christmas Concert

Join us for a special streaming concert and performance from James Joyce's The Dead on January 6 at 7:30pm. Click here for tickets:https://aihs.viewcy.com/e/a_christmas_concert_1

The American Irish Historical Society and Fusion Theatre Present A Christmas Concert with a performance from James Joyce's The Dead. Featuring Irish Soprano/Actress Eilin O'Dea and Tenor Byron Singleton with Musical Direction by Maestro Brian Holman.

The Wheel of Fortuna seems to have turned rather decisively since Derek Mahon published this early version of a section ...
04/17/2020

The Wheel of Fortuna seems to have turned rather decisively since Derek Mahon published this early version of a section of “The Yellow Book” in the Fall 1996 issue of The Recorder. Sending kind wishes to all who are isolated today. #poetry #poemoftheday #poemsdaily #irishpoetry #derekmahon #austinclarke #hasartlikelifeitssourceinagony @ The American Irish Historical Society

“Star Turn” by Charles Wright is today’s poem, first published in the Fall 1996 issue of The Recorder. #poetry #poemofth...
04/17/2020

“Star Turn” by Charles Wright is today’s poem, first published in the Fall 1996 issue of The Recorder. #poetry #poemoftheday #poemsdaily #charleswright

Today Alexander Theroux reminds us that “The Dreadful Reality of Being Oneself Eventually Becomes A Comfort.” His poem w...
04/15/2020

Today Alexander Theroux reminds us that “The Dreadful Reality of Being Oneself Eventually Becomes A Comfort.” His poem was published in the Fall 2000 issue of The Recorder. #poetry #poemoftheday #poemsdaily #alexandertheroux

Today we have “Patience” by Sara Berkeley, originally published in the Fall 1994 issue of The Recorder. #poetry #poemoft...
04/14/2020

Today we have “Patience” by Sara Berkeley, originally published in the Fall 1994 issue of The Recorder. #poetry #poemoftheday #poemsdaily #irishpoetry #saraberkeley

Please consider donating to the American Irish Historical Society. Any and all donations are much appreciated. We hope e...
04/14/2020
IRISH CULTURE TOUCHES EVERYONE

Please consider donating to the American Irish Historical Society. Any and all donations are much appreciated. We hope everyone is staying healthy and safe.

You Irish? Wish you were? The AIHS celebrates and preserves the American Irish experience. The crisis is hurting. Help us help Irish Culture

Today is the 81st anniversary of the birth of the poet Seamus Heaney, who was born on April 13, 1939. His translation of...
04/14/2020

Today is the 81st anniversary of the birth of the poet Seamus Heaney, who was born on April 13, 1939. His translation of “Lament for Timoleague” from the Irish of Seán Ó Coileáin (1754-1817) appeared in the Summer 1994 issue of The Recorder, “A Tribute to Benedict Kiely.” #poetry #poemoftheday #poemsdaily #irishpoetry #seamusheaney #seanocoileain #timoleague #benedictkiely @ The American Irish Historical Society

For Easter Sunday, instead of a poem we are sharing a message from the poet Seamus Heaney, for many years an Advisory Ed...
04/12/2020

For Easter Sunday, instead of a poem we are sharing a message from the poet Seamus Heaney, for many years an Advisory Editor of and a regular contributor to The Recorder. It is inscribed in my copy of “Laments” by the great Polish Renaissance poet Jan Kochanowski, translated by Heaney with Stanislaw Baranczak. Wishing all a joyous and blessed Easter and many happy returns. #poetry #poemoftheday #poemsdaily #inscription #seamusheaney #jankochanowski #stanisławbarańczak #laments #nolamenting

During the Easter Vigil we share Jean Kane’s “You Gave Up the Ghost,” first published in the Fall 2001 issue of The Reco...
04/12/2020

During the Easter Vigil we share Jean Kane’s “You Gave Up the Ghost,” first published in the Fall 2001 issue of The Recorder. #poetry #poemoftheday #poemsdaily #irishpoetry @ The American Irish Historical Society

For Good Friday we have “Pale Rider” by the late Brigit Pegeen Kelly, first published in the Fall 2001 issue of The Reco...
04/10/2020

For Good Friday we have “Pale Rider” by the late Brigit Pegeen Kelly, first published in the Fall 2001 issue of The Recorder. #poetry #poemoftheday #poemsdaily #irishpoetry #brigitpegeenkelly #goodfriday @ The American Irish Historical Society

Today’s poem from The Recorder is “Sea Glass” by Catherine Kasper, first published in the Fall 2004 issue. #poetry #poem...
04/07/2020

Today’s poem from The Recorder is “Sea Glass” by Catherine Kasper, first published in the Fall 2004 issue. #poetry #poemoftheday #poemsdaily #irishpoetry

From the Spring 2000 issue of The Recorder we bring you “Problems in Drawing a Pint of Guinness” by Billy Collins. #poet...
04/05/2020

From the Spring 2000 issue of The Recorder we bring you “Problems in Drawing a Pint of Guinness” by Billy Collins. #poetry #poemoftheday #poemsdaily #irishpoetry #billycollins

The extraordinary writer, mapmaker, ecologist, and artist Tim Robinson, who died today from Covid-19 at 85 years of age,...
04/03/2020

The extraordinary writer, mapmaker, ecologist, and artist Tim Robinson, who died today from Covid-19 at 85 years of age,was one of the most frequent and illustrious contributors to The Recorder over many decades. His “Orion the Hunter,” first published in our 1997 Centenary Issue, was selected for the volume “Best American Essays 1998” and was later collected in his “Tales & Imaginings.” Tim’s beloved wife and partner Mairéad died from Covid-19 complications sixteen days ago. In death they were not divided. Ní bheidh a leithéid arís ann. @ The American Irish Historical Society

Today’s poem from The Recorder is “History” by Christopher Cahill, first published in the Fall 1998 issue. #poetry #poem...
04/03/2020

Today’s poem from The Recorder is “History” by Christopher Cahill, first published in the Fall 1998 issue. #poetry #poemoftheday #poemsdaily #irishpoetry #history

If you need a change of scenery take a virtual tour of the AIHS. Though the building is currently closed, our public spa...
04/02/2020
Explore 991 Fifth Avenue in 3D

If you need a change of scenery take a virtual tour of the AIHS. Though the building is currently closed, our public spaces and galleries are open virtually. Visit the link in our bio to take a virtual tour today.

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We return to isolation 11th Century-style today with Seamus Heaney’s translation “Colmcille the Scribe” originally publi...
04/01/2020

We return to isolation 11th Century-style today with Seamus Heaney’s translation “Colmcille the Scribe” originally published in the Spring & Fall 1997 Centenary Issue of The Recorder. #poetry #poemoftheday #poemsdaily #irishpoetry #seamusheaney #colmcille #monastery #monasterylife #medievalireland #poetryintranslation

From the 1980 edition of The Recorder we bring you today “Bíonn” by Rísteard Ó hÉalaidhe. #poetry #poemoftheday #poemsda...
04/01/2020

From the 1980 edition of The Recorder we bring you today “Bíonn” by Rísteard Ó hÉalaidhe. #poetry #poemoftheday #poemsdaily #irishpoetry #gaelige @ The American Irish Historical Society

Today from The Recorder we have “Injury Time” by Eoghan Naughton, first published in the Summer 2007 issue. Stay safe an...
03/29/2020

Today from The Recorder we have “Injury Time” by Eoghan Naughton, first published in the Summer 2007 issue. Stay safe and well everyone. #poetry #poemoftheday #poemsdaily #irishpoetry #eoghannaughton

Today’s poem from The Recorder is Derek Mahon’s version of a part of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s “Gramsci’s Ashes.” Published ...
03/24/2020

Today’s poem from The Recorder is Derek Mahon’s version of a part of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s “Gramsci’s Ashes.” Published in the Centennial Edition of the journal (Spring & Fall 1997), this version was substantially altered by the author for its publication in “Roman Script” (1999). #poetry #poemoftheday #poemsdaily #irishpoetry #derekmahon #pasolini @ The American Irish Historical Society

https://youtu.be/d772d3xbAUEThe American Irish Historical Society has been lucky to be a part of New York City's St. Pat...
03/17/2020
2020 St Patrick's Day Message from President Michael D. Higgins

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The American Irish Historical Society has been lucky to be a part of New York City's St. Patrick's Day festivities for over 120 years and we are honored to be celebrating the spirit of the holiday with everyone today. As President Higgins said, "wherever you may be, and in whatever circumstances, as part of Ireland's global family you will be joining with us as we celebrate the feast day of our patron saint, and the culture ancient and contemporary, the heritage and history that connect us... St. Patrick's Day has become a profound expression of a common history that extends far beyond Irish shores, and of the strong bonds we share with our wider global family despite the miles, borders and oceans that may separate us."

We look forward to when we can get together to raise a toast in celebration but for today we are proud to be united with those who are Irish by birth, descent, association and friendship as we celebrate our patron saint and our Irishness.

We wish you and yours a happy, healthy, and safe St. Patrick's Day celebration.

May I, on this St. Patrick’s Day 2020, send my warmest greetings as Uachtarán na hÉireann, President of Ireland, to all our extended family across the world ...

Merry Christmas!
12/25/2019

Merry Christmas!

The American Irish Historical Society awarded its highest honor to Leo P. (Sullivan) Denault, Chairman and CEO of @Enter...
11/26/2019

The American Irish Historical Society awarded its highest honor to Leo P. (Sullivan) Denault, Chairman and CEO of @Entergy Corporation with its 122nd Gold Medal. Each year at its Annual Dinner, the AIHS presents its Gold Medal to a chosen individual of Irish descent. The medalist is chosen for their exemplary life and accomplishments, which highlight the continuing mission and purpose of the Society.

Mr. Denault used his mother’s maiden name, Sullivan, for the evening to honor her, his Irish heritage, and the story of the Irish in New York City, New Orleans, and beyond. Mr. Denault calls New Orleans home and sees the enduring landmarks of the early 19th century Irish experience and contributions to his city on a daily basis. These remind him of his story and the story of countless others whose families came in search of the American dream. Read more about Mr. Denault and his achievements here: http://aihs.org/annual-dinner/

A Message from our friends at Irish Business Organization of New York to help the incredible Sean McNeil, any donations ...
07/24/2019
Click here to support Sean McNeill Fund organized by Maralyn Dolan

A Message from our friends at Irish Business Organization of New York to help the incredible Sean McNeil, any donations truly appreciated, we wish Sean a full recovery:

Our friend Sean McNeill has always been someone who gives back to the community.

Now it’s time for the community to give back to Sean.

Sean is suffering from an aggressive and debilitating form of gall bladder cancer and faces an uncertain prognosis.

Compounding his medical challenges are the financial ones.

An entrepreneur, Sean ran his own real estate business and two online shopping start-ups, but now that he is incapacitated, his income has dried up as his bills are piling up--from his monthly rent to the staggering medical fees not covered by health insurance.

A native of County Roscommon, Sean is well-known in New York’s Irish community. A longtime member of the Irish Business Organization of New York, Sean served on the IBO board, was a three-year IBO president and is a member of the IBO advisory board.

He’s taken part in Concern fundraising runs, Solace House Sunrise Walks, the Irish “Meitheal” to aid in the recovery of the post-Hurricane Sandy Rockaways, Irish County Association events, and other many fundraising events in the community.

While we can’t provide the medical know-how to help Sean’s cause, we can provide a key part of the financial support he needs to pay for his costly treatments and to give Sean some peace of mind in the face of such financial stress.

Sean had been reluctant to be a burden on anyone, but now, faced with so many challenges, he welcomes our help.

We’ve established a challenging goal of $50,000, a sum which will have a real impact on meeting his mounting needs.

Please join us in supporting a man who provided so much support for others through his dedication to the community.

Please give generously to this Sean McNeill Fund.

And thank you from all his many friends…and from Sean himself.

https://www.gofundme.com/822kuu-sean

Our friend Sean McNeill has always been someone who gives back to the community.Now it’s time for the community to give back to Sean.Sean is suffering from an aggressive and debilitating form of gall bladder cancer and faces an uncertain prognosis. Compounding his medical challenges are the...

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07/10/2019

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Last February Finn Dwyer spoke at the American Irish Historical Society as part of our Success In The City Series. In a ...
05/21/2019
Live at the American Irish Historical Society | Fin Dwyer on Patreon

Last February Finn Dwyer spoke at the American Irish Historical Society as part of our Success In The City Series. In a questions and answers format Finn and Martin Nutty talked through several aspects of Irish History. They discussed whether the Famine can be considered a genocide, what motivated medieval witchcraft trials and much more.

To hear the live recording - turned podcast, you can do so on Finn's Patreon Page:

https://www.patreon.com/posts/26926131

Official Post from Fin Dwyer: Last February I was delighted to speak at the American Irish Historical Society (AIHS) in New York. In a questions and answers format myself and Martin Nutty of the AIHS talked through several aspects of Irish History. We discussed whether the Famine can be considered a...

Success In The City with Doireann Garrihy!Photos by Anna O'Carroll
04/15/2019

Success In The City with Doireann Garrihy!
Photos by Anna O'Carroll

Success In The City with Doireann Garrihy!
Photos by Anna O'Carroll

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For tours of our historic Beaux-Arts townhouse, visitors may call (212) 288-2263 or email [email protected] to schedule an appointment. Scholars and researchers must also schedule appointments with our librarian, Georgette Keane, to view our collection.The Society's hours of operation are 9-5pm Monday through Friday. Visit the Events tab for current and upcoming AIHS events!

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Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00

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Happy St. Patricks Day to all, from the very heart of Ireland
My name is Michael Edwards, I live in Shrewbury England and I am of Irish heritage. We have recently discovered that our Great, Great Grand Father Bernard Salmon died in New York on the 14th December 1874 aged 38 and is buried in the Calvary Cemetery New York. Bernard was in New York for four years and we have found a record of him living in the “11th election district 18th Ward. Bernard was a prominent member of The National Brotherhood of St Patrick in England and a successful business man. We struggling to understand why he was in New York and why he died so young. We are more than happy to share documents we have found and hope you can help us. Yours Fraternally Michael Edwards
Original Irish Musical about the Famine. Please have a look..
So happy to find the FB site. Am writing a historical novel based on the life of my great grandmother, born in Ireland, came here in 1860 and died in a mental institution. I will enjoy reading posts here.
Thrilled to launch Episode 1 of "The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911: An Emigrant's Experience," a podcast trilogy collaboration with Kilkenny historian and podcaster, Fin Dwyer (Irish History Podcast). In the series, we look at the fire - NY's deadliest workplace disaster until 9/11 - through the eyes of two immigrant women workers who lived it: Annie Doherty from Co. Donegal and Celia Walker from Poland. #historymatters
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Thought might enjoy, folks.
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