Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University will present the exhibit, “The Seed of the People: 1916 Remembered,” from March 23-Sept. 30 in the Lender Family Special Collection Room, located in the Arnold Bernhard Library at Quinnipiac’s 275 Mount Carmel Ave. The exhibition will include an original 1916 Proclamation and an original edition of The Irish Times, the first to be published in the wake of the Rising, among many other rare artifacts and ephemera.
The year 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising in Ireland, a rebellion that changed the course of modern Ireland and led to its independence.
“The exhibit brings together several rare artifacts from Ireland which powerfully tell the story of this tragic, yet ultimately transformative, moment in the struggle for Irish independence,” said Christine Kinealy, founding director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute.
Kinealy, who is curating the exhibit along with Michael Chiarappa, a professor of history at Quinnipiac, said “The Seed of the People” is a line from a poem by Patrick Pearse, a leader of the 1916 rising. The exhibit honors one of the most pivotal years in Irish history, when a small group of men and women in Dublin rebelled against the British Empire.”
The exhibit is free and open to the public. The hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m.
For more information, call 203-582-7809 or visit www.quinnipiac.edu/1916.
Exhibition located at The Arnold Bernhard Library at Quinnipiac University | 275 Mount Carmel Avenue | Hamden, CT 06518