Irish American Museum - About us

Proposal:

To fund, build, stock, staff and endow a Museum in our nation's capital, Washington, D.C., to recognize and honor the history and contributions of the Irish in America. The Museum will serve as a repository for the artifacts and memories of the Irish in America.  The Museum will collect written and oral histories from Irish Americans.  Audio, visual and written materials will be published to document and teach the history and contributions of Irish in America. The museum will honor all those who claim Irish and Scots-Irish ancestry. Hereinafter the word Irish will be used to include all Irish, those from the North and the South, those of all religious and political persuasion and shall include the Scots-Irish.

 

Background:

Over 41 million Americans can claim Irish ancestry. This represents 14% of the U.S. Population, yet there is no museum to recognize their history and accomplishments. The Museum has been incorporated and has been granted section 501(c)(3) tax exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service. A promotional video has been produced. A list of potential additional Board members, advisors and donors is being assembled. Recent articles and news of the efforts have been published and they will be made available on the website.

 

Why:

Many different ethnic groups in America have museums to recognize and honor their history in America, yet the Irish have none. This is in spite of the fact that those claiming Irish ancestry make up over 14% of the United States population. In addition 24 United States presidents can claim Irish ancestry. Irish-Americans have fought in every American war beginning with the Revolutionary War. The important contribution of the Scots-Irish to the forming of America will be recognized. A significant percentage of the American Army and its leadership in the Revolutionary War were Scots-Irish. Many of America's leading authors, musicians, athletes and business leaders claim Irish ancestry.  Irish-Americans have contributed to every facet of American history, culture, industry and business yet there is nothing to recognize this fact.

 

Why now:

Irish-Americans, just like every other ethnic group, are being assimilated into American society. As this happens, our traditions and history are being watered down and lost. Every time an Irish-American dies a bit of our history dies with him or her. Before it is too late we must preserve our memories, our artifacts, our history. We need to record oral histories documenting the lives and memories of those Irish-Americans who helped build this country. We must preserve this history for future generations so they can know and appreciate what their ancestors did to build America.

 

What it will be: 

The Museum will be a state of the art facility. It will house traditional museum displays to preserve and present artifacts of Irish and Irish-American history. It will have a genealogical research center. It will contain a library of books, articles, music and video on topics of Irish and Irish-American interest. It will have a recording facility to produce oral histories. There will be a state of the art cinema to present audio/visual material produced by the Museum and by outside sources on topics of Irish-American interest. It will have a interactive and educational website of archive samples, video, audio and capability for donation support.