The American Irish Historical Society was founded in Boston in 1897, free of any political or religious affiliation, with the aim of making the Irish chapter of American history better known. Signatories included Theodore Roosevelt, Admiral Richard Meade, and sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens.
Since 1940, the Society has had its home in a five-story townhouse facing the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. This landmark building, pictured at right, houses one of the largest libraries of American-Irish material in the nation and welcomes members to weekly lectures, poetry readings, and concerts.
The building has recently reopened following a two-year renovation. There will be a series of cultural and scholarly events in 2008. The library and archives are also scheduled to reopen to members and scholars in 2008.
The California branch of the Society, under the President Frank McGinity, boasts a healthy membership and sponsors notable cultural events of international interest.
Pictured at left, AIHS board members welcomed Irish Consul General Kevin Conmy and Mrs. Conmy to the Society library located in Santa Barbara (click picture to enlarge).
If you are interested in Irish history and future performances that highlight Irish traditions and cultures, you are invited to join the California branch of the American Irish Historical Society. For membership information, see the Join Web page.