Library hosts ‘Erin’s Exiled Children’ exhibit reception Thursday

The Lewistown Public Library is hosting the “Erin’s Exiled Children” exhibit reception on Thursday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. in the library upstairs meeting room. The reception is free and open to the public.

“Erin’s Exiled Children: The Irish of America and the Making of Modern Ireland” was created in honor of the centennial of Ireland’s Easter Rising in 1916 and documents the Irish struggle for independence and the role the Irish in America played in keeping their traditions alive.

The University of Montana, the Butte Silver-Bow Archives, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Friends of Irish Studies in the West, and The Gathering created the exhibit. “We wanted to ensure the role of the Irish of America, and particularly the Irish of Montana, were recognized,” said Bob O’Boyle, director of The Gathering. “We felt it was crucial to celebrate this great history and get the story told.”

This exhibit is the product of an Institute of Museum and Library Services planning grant awarded to the Mansfield Library, in partnership with Irish Studies at UM, Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives and University College Cork, Ireland. UM’s Irish Studies program and the Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives worked together to create this exhibit to educate Montanans about their role in the independence of Ireland. This exhibit debuted at the State Capitol in April 2016 and has since traveled to Anaconda, Butte, Virginia City, and Missoula.

 

 “Erin’s Exiled Children: The Irish of America and the Making of Modern Ireland” will be on display through September 30.  The exhibit is free to view and open to the public. For more information, contact 538-5212 or lewistownlibrary.org.

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