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The American Irish Historical Society celebrates and preserves the American Irish experience. Like so many venerable institutions, the crisis is hurting.
Help us help Irish culture.
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To find out more about the American Irish Historical Society please visit our website at aihs.org
The American Irish Historical Society has been the hallmark of the American Irish experience in the United States since 1897. The AIHS is headquartered in New York City, the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, and has temporarily shuttered its doors.
The AIHS is a museum, library, and cultural center and receives income in its regular course of business through donations, memberships, museum tours, event ticket sales, and third-party venue rentals. A major source of income to the AIHS is an annual dinner fundraiser held on the first Thursday of every November.As a precaution to help limit the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on March 13, 2020 the AIHS, along with numerous other NYC Museums and cultural institutions, temporarily closed and canceled all public programming and events. With looming financial uncertainty, the AIHS also made the extremely difficult decision to cancel its annual fundraiser for 2020.
In light of all temporary losses for the Society, I hope that you will keep us among your top charitable beneficiaries. An immediate gift now will bridge the current emergency and carry the American Irish Historical Society and its work forward into a sustainable future.
The library and archives of the Society house a wide variety of rare books, newspapers, and artifacts from the 17th century to the present. The library houses more than 10,000 volumes of Irish and American Irish history and literature. The Society also holds a collection of newspapers and newsletters dating back to the late-18th century, and several early and mid-19th century newspapers, such as The Nation, The United Irishman, and the Dublin Penny Journal. Also housed in the library is the Society’s unique collection of letters from Patrick Pearse and Charles Stewart Parnell, the irreplaceable archives of other societies and organizations, and the personal papers of leading Irish Americans like Daniel F. Cohalan.The collection is complemented by works of fine art from such noted Irish artists as Nathaniel Hone, John Faulkener, George Russell (A.E.), John Butler Yeats, Aloysius O’Kelly, and Augustus St. Gaudens. The Society holds fine art sculpture in the form of busts of noted Irish and American Irish historical figures such as Charles O'Connor, John William Goff, and President Theodore Roosevelt. The Society also holds an extensive collection of Irish music, including a taped interview with Brendan Behan that became his Confessions of a Rebel.
As a cultural venue the Society hosts scholarly lectures and panel discussions, fine arts and design exhibitions, concerts, readings, and other cultural and historical activities. It collaborates with other organizations and institutions that share its vision of the strength and breadth of Irish and American Irish culture.