The Great Famine Voices Roadshow was welcomed to New Haven by Professor Christine Kinealy, Director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University in neighbouring Hamden, Connecticut.
Christine Kinealy declared “that I am delighted to welcome the Great Famine Voices Roadshow to New Haven. It is such a joy to know that stories of the Famine are finally being recaptured and being made available to a wider audience.
It is very appropriate that the Roadshow should choose New Haven, because the east coast of America was the final home of so many Famine emigrants, not merely of the Great Famine of 1845-1852, but of the many famines that preceded 1845 and came after 1852. Many people emigrated through poverty, hunger, and famine throughout the whole of the nineteenth century. To hear their stories really fleshes out what we know about the Great Hunger.
The Famine Irish and the Origins of American Popular Culture:
Professor Christopher Dowd from the University of New Haven also participated in the Great Famine Voices Roadshow in New Haven, where he explained the pivotal role that the Famine Irish played in the development of American popular culture.
The Great Famine Voices Roadshow was held in the Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven, where it was welcomed by Peter Sonski.
Great Famine Voices Roadshow New Haven Gallery