Sunday, October 6, 2013
History: Ireland's Great Hunger Museum
History Update: Love it! Having Grace design our program for this year has been such a great experience. Her first book was So Far From Home: The Diary of Mary Driscoll, An Irish Mill Girl, Lowell, Massachusetts, 1847. To supplement her reading, we completed the DVD, Out of Ireland, which I highly recommend.
We used our field trip day to head to Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum which is part of Quinnipiac University, located in Hamden, Connecticut. I have driven by this museum many times never noticing it before, but now that I have been, I am having a hard time forgetting the haunting works of art that it contains. Something that struck me is that pain and suffering are universal. These pieces could have been found at a holocaust museum or even one dedicated to our own country’s struggle with poverty and hunger (on a much smaller scale).