Irish Legacy Exhibit Blends Local Immigration History with Artifacts at Springfield Museums

Irish Legacy Exhibit at Springfield Museums this Summer

Mother John Berchmans, left, a Sister of St. Joseph of Springfield, whose secular family name was Somers, established Our Lady of the Elms College in 1928 with the Most Rev. Thomas O’Leary, diocesan bishop. Sister Mary Cecelia Lucey, an accomplished musician and diocesan music teacher, succeeded her at the Elms. This photo was taken in 1948 on the Elms campus. (Photo courtesy of Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield/Mont Marie Archives)

The Pioneer Valley’s history is deeply entwined with the stories of thousands of Irish immigrants.  Local culture and industries were shaped in part by the growth in population that Irish immigration to the United States sparked along the Connecticut River.  The influence of this can still be seen amongst communities throughout the Valley.

To honor the rich cultural, geographic, and economic history of Irish immigrants, the Springfield Museums are offering an exhibit titled, “The Irish Legacy: Immigration and Assimilation in the Connecticut Valley During the Industrial Revolution.”  The exhibit, which will be open to visitors from June 11th through August 25th, blends historical information and data with photographs, books, and other artifacts including a St. Brigid cross, a traditional Celtic dance dress and shoes, and a bodhrán, and Irish instruments.  The museum will also offer scheduled special events for games, stories, performances, and other family-friendly activities to help younger visitors to absorb and understand the information displayed within the exhibit.

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Ted Jacobs Guest DJ Episode: Hilltown Family Variety Show (Podcast/Radio Show)

Ted Jacobs Guest DJ Show
All Things Celtic

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Nov 19th & 20th 2011
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Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner Ted Jacobs brings the Celtic world alive on the Hilltown Family Variety Show this week.  In honor of Thanksgiving next week and Ted’s love of poetry, we’re sharing a video here by food historian Regina Sexton of UCC Ireland who takes a look at food that might have been served in Ireland in the 5th century. –

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Ted Jacobs Guest DJ Playlist

  • Station Id: Steve Weeks []
  • Ted Jacobs – “Bed In Summer” [A Child’s Garden Of Songs]
  • Van Morrison w/The Chieftains – “I’ll Tell Me Ma [Irish Heartbeat]
  • Old Blind Dogs – “The Birkin Tree” [Legacy]
  • The Chieftains w/Carlos Nunez – “Maneo” [Santiago]
  • Altan – “Suil Ghorm” [Runaway Sunday]
  • The Chieftains – “Changing Your Demeanor” [The Long Black Veil]
  • Ted Jacobs – “My Ship And I” [Back To The Garden]
  • Ted Jacobs – “The Swing” [Back To The Garden]
  • Ted Jacobs – “Farewell To The Farm” [Back To The Garden]
  • Ted Jacobs – “The Moon” [A Child’s Garden Of Songs]
  • Ted Jacobs – “My Shadow” [A Child’s Garden Of Songs]
  • Suzy Bogguss – “Shenandoah” [American Folk Songbook]
  • Andy Irvine – “My Heart’s Tonight in Ireland” [Common Ground]
  • Paul McCartney – “Mull of Kintyre” [Wingspan: Hits]
  • Ted Jacobs – “To Any Reader” [A Child’s Garden Of Songs]

Celebrate Irish Heritage in Western Mass All March Long!

Celebrating Irish Heritage in Western Mass
Parades, Music, Celebrations & More

Staking a claim as the most Irish state in the Nation (24 percent of the state claims Irish ancestry), Massachusetts celebrates all month long with parades, celebrations, music and events highlighting a rich and cultural heritage. This St. Patrick’s Day season, don’t miss out on some of the biggest and most colorful parades and events happening in Western Mass, and all across the state.

To follow are events that celebrate St. Patrick’s Day happening here in Western MA:

Sunday, March 7th
2pm – IRISH TEA PARTY: Celebrate St. Patrick with entertainment and refreshments. An afternoon show that features local musicians and dancers, as well as refreshments, raffles and selection of essay contest winners from local children. At the Cultural Centre at Elms College. 413 265-2537 Chicopee, MA

Thursday, March 11th
7:30pm – THE IRISH ROVERS AT THE COLONIAL THEATRE: These international ambassadors of Irish music will deliver a rollicking, rousing performance of good cheer that will have audiences on their feet, singing and clapping along. At The Colonial Theatre, located at 111 South Street. 413 997-4444 Pittsfield, MA

Wednesday, March 17th
– St. Patrick’s Day e-coupon on March 17th. Green snow on parts of the mountain along with green beer and other special events. Click here to sign up for your e-coupons. 413 738-5500 Hancock, MA

Sunday, March 21st
Noon – ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE: The 55th annual Holyoke Parade is reckoned to be one of the largest in the nation. The parade is the culmination of numerous Irish events in March that celebrate the Irish community of western Massachusetts, many of whom emigrated from County Kerry and the Blasket Islands in the 20th century. 413 533-1700 Holyoke, MA

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