I hope everyone has heard about the new
museum at Quinnipiac University in Hamden CT. In case you haven’t let me be the
first tobring it to your
attention.Located at 3011 Whitney Ave., Ireland’s Great
Hunger Museum, (Museum An Ghorta Mor), will open Thursday the 11th of October.Boasting the largest known collection of famine
related art, papers and artifacts it promises to be a moving experience.
The museum documents the most harrowing chapter of
Irish history, and was made possible in large part by Murray Lender. While not Irish himself, Mr. Lender was deeply moved upon hearing the story of the famine.According
to John Lahey, President of Quinnipiac, Mr. Lender told him, ‘John, I’ll give
you a gift for the library, but I really want to have it go to educating people
about the Great Hunger. I grew up in New Haven, I have a lot of Irish friends,
and I knew nothing about the Great Hunger.’
The museum plans to take the collection on
the road at some point, but not for at least a year according to its director
Grace Brady, so it sounds like I may have to
take a road trip soon. Sadly Mr. Lender is no longer with us, but a big thank you to him for wanting this story told!