Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we were unable to host any presentations in 2020.
Here are a few highlights of our 2019 summer season:
The Ambassador visits…
We are honored that the Ambassador to the US from the Republic of Ireland Daniel Mulhall and the Irish Consulate General of New England Laoise Moore visited us on Tuesday July 23rd as a part of their visit to Maine. Long Islanders gave them a rousing welcome, despite the rainy day. While here they visited the LIHS summer exhibit Sense of Place: Two Brothers Six Generations, (about the Murphy family on Long Island), had an opportunity to meet islanders at a reception in the Community Center, and were given a short tour of the island via golf cart. The finishing touch was a send-off on Steve Train’s lobster boat, The Wild Irish Rose. They have a standing invitation to come back to visit the island at any time!
Irish Consulate General Laoise Moore, Greta Mulhal, Republic of Ireland Ambassador to the US Daniel Mulhall at the reception, with Murphy descendants in front of the family tree, and on the Wild Irish Rose lobster boat with Steve Train.
Chasing Your Tales: Genealogy Basics
Murphy descendant Cheryl Nickerson-Nutter shared with us the tools she used to research the history of the Murphy family. Here she is shown at the reception following the presentation – L-R: Karen Grant, and Murphy descendants Joan Soper, Cheryl Nickerson-Nutter, and Gail nee Soper Boivin.
Cliff Island visits!
in August we hosted members of the Cliff Island Historical Society for a tour of the island. They were treated to a whirlwind history of the people, places and events in the island history. It was a beautiful day for a drive-about in the golf carts, with lunch under the pergola at Betsy Wight’s house by the bay.
A visit to the Brown Library at the Maine Historical Society
The last event of the summer was a field trip to the Brown Library at Maine Historical Society. Tiffany Link, a Research Librarian at the library, gave the group an overview of the resources available for doing genealogical research. The group then had an opportunity to spend time doing their own family research. The trip ended with a visit to the Holding up the sky: Wabanaki People, Culture, History & Art exhibit at the Maine Historical Society museum.
PHOTO CREDITS: The Consulate General and Mr. & Mrs. Mulhal at the reception: LIHS Staff; the Murphy family photo and aboard the Wild Irish Rose: Kat Nee Lovejoy. the Chasing Your Tales reception: LIHS staff.