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New Exhibit – The Irish in Montana

4 March 2013 by Julie Biando Edwards

“From Rocky Shores to the Rocky Mountains: The Irish in Montana,” is now open at the Mansfield Library.  The opening reception for the Exhibit was held last Friday and was well attended by people from UM, Missoula, Butte, and other communities in Montana.

The Exhibit will stay at the Library through April 19, 2013, on the main level. A collaboration of “The Gathering: Collected Oral Histories of the Irish in Montana,” with the Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives and UM Irish Studies Program, the exhibit traveled to the University College Cork in Ireland in July 2012 and displayed at the Library on that campus. This retrospective is a glimpse into the lives of the Irish in Montana, illustrating the profound influence of the Irish upon the State.  From their arrival in the eastern United States through to their journey west to the lush, mineral rich mountains and prairies of Montana, Irish values of family, faith and community have shaped the agricultural, industrial, and rail cities of Montana.

This exhibit is made possible by generous financial support from: The Friends of the Butte Archives; Humanities Montana; Northwestern Energy; Crónán Ó Doibhlin, Head Librarian,
Special Collections Archives and Repository Services, Boole Library University College Cork; The Irish Government Department of Foreign Affairs Emigrant Support Programme; and The University of Montana.

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