Great Hunger Museum Digitization Project
On Dec. 16, Ireland's Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University in Hamden will launch a digital database containing about 1,500 articles and illustrations related to Ireland and the Great Famine (1845-52). The information will be available at www.ighm.org.
The database will be comprised of illustrated newspapers and publications including, "The Illustrated London News," "Punch," "The Pictorial Times" and "The Graphic."
Further digitization will be done for pre-1845 and post-1852 documents in the collection.
The museum chose Dec. 16 as the date to launch the digital database based on a Dec. 16, 1848 sketch from "The Illustrated London News" that depicted a starving family that had been dragged from its cottage and forced to spend Christmas in a hole, burrowed in the ground "like otters and snipes."
Museum hours are Wednesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. (Ireland¿s Great Hunger Museum /December 16, 2014)
On Tuesday, Aug. 5, Ireland's Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University will present a screening of an Irish drama about a man who tried to save his town during that dark time.
"The Minnitts of Anabeg" is based on the true story of the Minnitt family, who owned more than 1,000 acres of land in Tipperary in the mid-19th century. One member married a Catholic girl and was disinherited, but his father worked to help protect his townspeople from the ravages of famine.
It will be shown at 6 p.m. at the Clarice L. Buckman Theater on campus, 275 Mount Carmel Ave. in Hamden. After the screening, the movie's director, Alan Brown, will do a Q&A. Admission is $10. Tickets can be purchased at ighm.org.