The Greening of the Prairie: Irish Immigration and Settlement in McLean County
For the past two hundred years, Irish people have made their way to Central Illinois. This exhibit examines why they left Ireland, the challenges they faced once they arrived, their successes and failures, and the impact their presence has had on our community. The exhibit features historic objects, photographs and maps. Stories of Scots-Irish pioneers who built homes much like they had in Ireland and Scotland, and brought with them spinning, and weaving skills are featured as well as those of Irish-Catholic famine immigrants who came to this area in the early 1850s as industrial and farming pioneers. They worked to build the railroad and opened the early black-dirt prairie farms. Exhibit open through January 16, 2016.
Thursday, September 25, 2014 - Saturday, January 16, 2016