Friday, September 23, 2016

Fleeing Famine: Irish Immigration at the Knights of Columbus Museum

The Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven, CT currently has an exhibit about Irish Immigration

From 1845 to 1860, more than 1.5 million Irish immigrants sailed across the Atlantic Ocean to the United States and Canada. In the cramped quarters below the decks of the "coffin ships," the journey was fraught with the hardship of inclement weather and the peril of disease, but in spite of their uncertain future, the travelers faced these adversities in hopes of finding a better way of life in North America. Fleeing Famine recounts the harrowing experience of the 3,000-mile journey, offering visitors insight into conditions aboard the crowded ships. 

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