I toured a new museum in Hamden, Connecticut, that is devoted to telling the story of the Great Hunger in Ireland.
One thing I didn’t know about the terrible famine in Ireland from 1845 to 1852 was that there was plenty of food being grown in Ireland. While one million Irish starved and two million more emigrated to other countries after a series of failed potato crops, plenty of food was being shipped out of the country for profit.
Another thing I learned was that the Choctaw Indian Nation, a Native American tribe, donated $170 to relief efforts, despite having just endured the “Trail of Tears” themselves.
The artwork in the museum explored this and other wrenching truths from this awful chapter of history.
Black ’47 by Micheal Farrell at Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum (Quinnipiac University)
The museum has free admission: Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum
#67 (101 things in 1001 days): Go to at least five offbeat or small museums.
- Bling at the PEZ Factory
- Seagulls and the Temple of Trash
- Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum
- Melancholy at the Museum of Bad Art
- Let’s Talk About the Museum of Sex
P.S. I continued my strategy of offering bribes to entice family members to come to museums with me. I had promised candy for the PEZ Factory and beer for the Trash Museum. This time, we went out for hot dogs at the nearby Glenwood Diner, one of the famed spots on our Connecticut Hot Dog Tour.