The museum regularly hosts special programs and events througout the year. Check out our calendar below and join our mailing list to learn more about upcoming museum events.
Tribute to the Irish Brigade by Charlie Zahm
Saturday, May 5 at 1 p.m.
Charlie Zahm is one of the most popular soloists at Celtic music festivals, Maritime, and American Traditional music events anywhere east of the Mississippi. With a baritone voice some have described as "coming along once in a generation," Charlie has become one of the most successful performers on the Celtic festival circuit, weaving magical moments of Scottish and Irish history for the listener and viewer, with passion for the performance and a chosen repertoire pleasing to all members of the family. A master of the guitar as well, Charlie brings an authentic love and respect for the music he sings-and with dashes of humor and a light in his eyes, he will draw you into the stories of his songs!
This event is free and open to the public. However, space is limited and registration is required.
Ireland's Great Hunger Museum
3011 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT 06518
"The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero" Presented by author Timothy Egan
Thursday, May 31 at 5:30 p.m.
A New York Times Bestseller! Winner of the 2017 MontanaBook Award. An Irish-American story, with all its twists and triumphs, is told through the improbable but true life of one man. Thomas Francis Meagher, a dashing young orator during the Great Famine of the 1840s, in which a million of his Irish countrymen died, leads a failed uprising against British rule, for which he is banished to a Tasmanian prison colony. He escapes, and six months later is heralded in the streets of New York, the revolutionary hero, back from the dead -- at the dawn of the great Irish immigration to America. Meagher's rebirth in America included his leading the newly formed Irish Brigade from New York in many of the fiercest battles of the Civil War: Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg. Meagher's dream was that Irish-American troops, seasoned by war, would return to Ireland and liberate their homeland from British rule.
Quinnipiac University, North Haven Campus
370 Basset Road, North Haven, CT 06473