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Friday, July 21, 2017

Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum to hold storytelling workshop for kids

At the museum / Helen Bennett
 
 
HAMDEN  – Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University, will hold a three-day workshop for children, dubbed “The Paintings Speak: Creating Dramatic Monologues Inspired by the Artwork in Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum,” from Aug. 16 to Aug. 18, according to a release..

The workshop is for children ages 9 to 12 and will run from 9-11 a.m. each day at 3011 Whitney Ave., the release said. 
 




"The workshop is designed to educate children about the Irish Famine, which occurred from 1845-52 when blight destroyed virtually all of Ireland's potato crops. The crop destruction, coupled with British governmental indifference to the plight of the Irish, who at the time were part of the United Kingdom, resulted in the deaths of more than 1 million Irish men, women and children and the emigration of more than 2 million to nations around the world," the release said.
 
Sara deBeer
"Storytelling is an intrinsic part of Irish folklore. The children will work with a professional storyteller and learn about this spoken art form. They will view the museum’s paintings and sculptures and select one to use to create a dramatic monologue, which will be performed on the final day of the workshop," according to the release.
 
“By taking part in the three-day workshop 'The Paintings Speak,' and creating their own performance pieces, participants will appreciate the ways visual artists convey both history and emotion,” said Sara deBeer, a poet, storyteller and classroom teacher, who will lead the workshop, also in the release. “They will also gain a deeper understanding of the period of time known as Ireland’s Great Hunger. Finally, they will discover their own capacity to use the spoken word as a vehicle to express all they’ve learned.”
At the museum / Helen Bennett
 
 
 
Registration forms can be found at www.ighm.orgTo pay the $45 registration fee for the three-day workshop, call the museum at 203-582-6500. All registration forms must be completed and submitted and payment received before the workshop begins.
 
Also in the release:

Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University is home to the world's largest collection of visual art, artifacts and printed materials relating to the Irish Famine. The museum preserves, builds and presents its art collection to stimulate reflection, inspire imagination and advance awareness of Ireland's Great Hunger and its long aftermath on both sides of the Atlantic.
 
Works by noted contemporary Irish artists are featured at the museum including internationally known sculptors John Behan, Rowan Gillespie and Éamonn O'Doherty; as well as contemporary visual artists, Robert Ballagh, Alanna O'Kelly, Brian Maguire and Hughie O'Donoghue. Featured paintings include several important 19th and 20thcentury works by artists such as James Brenan, Daniel Macdonald, James Arthur O'Connor and Jack B. Yeats.
 
The museum is open Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fridays, and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays, 1-5 p.m. Museum admission is free.
 
In the contributed photo: Sara deBeer, a poet, storyteller and classroom teacher, who will lead the workshop The Paintings Speak: Creating Dramatic Monologues Inspired by the Artwork in Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum,” at Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University. Contributed photo
 
 

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Thirteenth Annual Green Corn Festival is Aug. 5 in Connecticut


WASHINGTON, CONN. -  The Institute for American Indian Studies is inviting everyone to help celebrate the first ripe corn of the season at the Thirteenth Annual Green Corn Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 5, according to a release.
 
"Enjoy exciting activities including drumming, dancing, crafts, storytelling and more," the release said.
 
This year, organizers are pleased to welcome as performers the Eastern Suns drum group and the Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers, according to the release 

 
"After working up an appetite dancing, grab some Native American food, make a craft to take home and browse unique Native-crafted items for sale. Held rain or shine!
 
The event fee is: $10 Adults; $6 Children.
 
Also in the release:
  
About The Institute for American Indian Studies: The Institute for American Indian Studies Museum & Research Center preserves and educates through discovery and creativity the diverse traditions, vitality, and knowledge of Native American cultures. www.iaismuseum.org.


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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Quinnipiac University faculty members win New England Emmy Award for Irish Hunger documentary

 Quinnipiac University faculty members Liam O’Brien and Rebecca Abbott with their New England Emmy Award for the documentary, “Ireland's Great Hunger and the Irish Diaspora.”
HAMDEN  – Quinnipiac University faculty members Rebecca Abbott, Liam O’Brien and Christine Kinealy won a New England Emmy Award for the documentary, "Ireland's Great Hunger and the Irish Diaspora," according to a release.
“It’s a huge honor to have this sort of recognition for our work,” Abbott, a Hamden resident who co-produced the documentary, said, also in the release. “Since the process of making this documentary took several years, it’s really gratifying and rewarding to know that our efforts are valued in this way.

Abbott also noted: “We’re also especially pleased and encouraged because this award may help us share more widely the complex history of Ireland’s Great Famine.”
 
“Although Ireland’s Great Hunger took place in the past, it can teach us many important, universal lessons, and give us all greater understanding to help with similar crises happening around the world today.”
 
"Abbott, who filmed and edited the documentary, and co-producer O'Brien, of Higganum, are both professors in the Department of Film, Television and Media Arts at Quinnipiac." the release said.
 
“This was a major undertaking, especially in regard to the substantive volume of historical, archival and graphics research required, the need to hear the voices and thoughts of our brilliant group of international researchers led by Christine Kinealy, and the very large number of diverse shooting locations in Ireland, Canada, the United States and Australia undertaken by Rebecca Abbott,” O’Brien said, in the release. “It was a distinct honor to serve as co-producer of this fine film and the stories it tells.”
 
Watch the video:

Ireland's Great Hunger and the Irish Diaspora, narrated by Gabriel Byrne from Rebecca Abbott on Vimeo.

"The 50-minute documentary, narrated by Irish actor Gabriel Byrne, explores not just the potato crop failure that led to mass starvation, death and emigration from 1845 to 1852, but the historical, social and political circumstances that made what is misleadingly called the Great "Famine" almost inevitable."
 
'The documentary is a powerful testament to the determination of our Irish ancestors to survive, despite the odds,” said Kinealy, a Hamden resident and founding director of Ireland's Great Hunger Institute, in the release. “Rebecca's sensitive filming of locations in Ireland, and others in Australia and Canada, interspersed with interviews with descendants of the survivors and commentary from leading historians, provides an accessible, yet poignant insight into the long legacy of the Great Hunger.  I was honored to play a part in its creation.”
 
"In addition to Kinealy, the documentary features several leading scholars of Irish history, including: Declan Kiberd, University College Dublin and Notre Dame University; Ciaran O'Murchadha, author of "The Great Famine: Ireland's Agony 1845-1852"; Mike Murphy, University College Cork; and Richard Reid, historian, National Museum of Australia."
 
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Monday, June 12, 2017

Connecticut pirates at New Haven's Pardee-Morris House

Renwick Griswold. Credit: Jason Ulm
NEW HAVEN - Connecticut has seen its share of pirates and privateers over the years and the New Haven Museum informs us that "according to Renwick Griswold, rumors still circulate of treasure buried by Captain Kidd near the Connecticut River."
 
Now, Griswold, a "descendant of woman wooed with the aid of a large diamond stolen from one of Captain Kidd’s stashes, and author of 'Connecticut Pirates and Privateers: Treachery and Treasure in the Constitution State,' will bring tales of mariners, 'ooncussers' and mutiny to the Pardee-Morris House" at 2 p.m. July 9, according to a release
 
The Pardee-Morris House is at 325 Lighthouse road.
 
"The author of several books relating to the Connecticut River, Griswold is also an associate professor of sociology at the University of Hartford, with a signature class is the sociology of the Connecticut River. He is commodore of the Connecticut River Drifting Society, and has been a short order cook, yacht deliverer, commercial fisherman, truck driver, construction worker, dock pounder, and non-profit executive," the release said.
 
During his presentation Griswold will discuss historically famous pirates with Connecticut connections—ranging from Blackbeard to Captain Kidd—and explain the role of privateers in United States history. Privateers were essentially government-sanctioned pirates, mariners given license to plunder the fleets of whatever country one’s kingdom was warring with at the moment.
 
Further, the museum noted its thanks to the Knights of Columbus, Rodrigo Council #44, East Shore Management Team, and Morris Cove neighbors, including the DeCola Family, Frank Pinto and Rosemary Spring, for supporting the 2017 summer season, the release said..
 
For a list of summer events at the Pardee-Morris House, visit: http://newhavenmuseum.org/visit/pardee-morris-house/. For New Haven Museum’s event calendar: http://newhavenmuseum.org/visit/events-calendar/ Sign up for e-blasts at info@newhavenmuseum.org, or call the Museum at 203-562-4183
 
 
 
 
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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

New Haven Symphony Orchestra will present five free performances at libraries

A student trying out a violin at a NHSO Instrument Discovery Zone
NEW HAVEN - The New Haven Symphony Orchestra  will present five free performances of "Creating Musical Readers" at branches of the New Haven Free Public Library from June 26 to  28, according to a release.
 
"Literacy and music combine when NHSO violist Xinyi Xu brings the musical story of Mole Music to life as she reads to students and her viola becomes part of the story. Children will be enchanted and inspired by the story of Mole, who learns about the magic of music when he plays violin. This program is geared towards children ages four through ten. Each event is free and will also feature a string instrument discovery zone," the release said.
 
Listings:
 
Creating Musical Readers
Monday June 26, 2017
10:30am - New Haven Free Public Library: Ives Main Library (133 Elm Street, New Haven, CT)
Program: Join New Haven Symphony Orchestra musicians for an instrument discovery zone and a performance of Mole Music.
Creating Musical Readers
Monday June 26, 2017 
2:00pm - New Haven Free Public Library: Fair Haven Branch (182 Grand Avenue, New Haven, CT)
Program: Join New Haven Symphony Orchestra musicians for an instrument discovery zone and a performance of Mole Music.
 
Creating Musical Readers
Tuesday June 27, 2017
3:00pm - New Haven Free Public Library: Mitchell Branch (37 Harrison Street, New Haven, CT)
Program: Join New Haven Symphony Orchestra musicians for an instrument discovery zone and a performance of Mole Music.
 
Creating Musical Readers
Wednesday June 28, 2017
10:30am - New Haven Free Public Library: Wilson Branch (303 Washington Avenue, New Haven, CT)
Program: Join New Haven Symphony Orchestra musicians for an instrument discovery zone and a performance of Mole Music.
 
Creating Musical Readers
Wednesday June 28, 2017
3:00pm - New Haven Free Public Library: Stetson Branch (200 Dixwell Avenue, New Haven, CT)
Program: Join New Haven Symphony Orchestra musicians for an instrument discovery zone and a performance of Mole Music.
 
Tickets: This event is free. No tickets are required.
 
NHSO Words & Music literacy programs are made possible by a grant from the NewAlliance Foundation.

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Friday, June 2, 2017

James Monroe (yes that James Monroe) to visit New Haven again


According to the New Haven MuseumJames Monroe "will return to New Haven 200 years after his original visit—not in human or spectral form, but in a special, travelling exhibit: 'In the Spirit of the People: James Monroe's 1817 Tour of the Northern States.'”
 
Further, "Never one to fall behind in fashion, Monroe will be tweeting about his experience once he arrives in the Elm City. Though he is new to Twitter, his messages are expected to be relatively erudite," according to a release.
 
The commemorative exhibit will open at the New Haven Museum on June 3, and run through June 24, 2017, the release said.
 
Monroe’s tweets are available:at https://twitter.com/PresMonroe.
 
Monroe, fifth president of the U.S. visited New Haven June 20-22, 1817, visiting the large Eli Whitney arms manufacturing facility, the release noted.
 
“'In the Spirit of the People' is made up of 10 full-color vinyl banners containing images, quotations, and captions to present a history of (Monroe's) northern tour and convey a sense of the exuberance it generated," the release said.  "The first three banners introduce viewers to James Monroe and offer an overall summary of the tour.  The next six banners focus on specific locations that Monroe visited, with one banner dedicated to each.  The final banner offers interactive educational links as well as credits for the exhibit's sponsorship and preparation.
 
"The exhibit is a joint project of The James Monroe Museum and The Papers of James Monroe, both of which are administered by the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia."
 
The New Haven Museum is at 114 Whitney Ave. For more information visit Facebook.com/NewHavenMuseum or call 203-562-4183.
 
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