Parks Canada and Irish Heritage Québec are proud to host the Great Famine Voices Roadshow 2019 in Quebec City.

“Bringing together Irish emigrants and descendants during the Great Famine of Ireland.”

The Great Famine Voices Roadshow 2019 is a series of open house events in the United States and Canada that brings together Irish emigrants, their descendants, and members of their communities to share family memories and stories of coming from Ireland to North America, especially during the period of the Great Hunger and afterwards.


The Great Famine Voices Roadshow in Canada and in the USA is hosted by the National Famine Museum at Strokestown Park, Ireland, and the Irish Heritage Trust, an independent charity.

The roadshow will stop in Quebec City at the McMahon hall on May 11.
During this event, in addition to having the opportunity to discuss the subject, participants will be offered exclusive conferences - free of charge (see the agenda below).

Please join us to share your emigration story and souvenirs of these tragic events.

Confirm your presence via Facebook today: https://www.facebook.com/events/286332665605542/ 

For more information about the Great Famine Voices Roadshow 2019, please visit: http://www.strokestownpark.ie/great-famine-voices-roadshow/.

Event Details:

Date and time:
May 11th 2019, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Location:
1145 Avenue de Salaberry, Québec, G1R 2V7

Contact information:
For queries, or if you would like to contribute a family memory or story online, contact Dr Jason King at the Irish Heritage Trust: faminestudies@irishheritagetrust.ie

Additional notes:
The event is free. Light refreshments will be served.

Event Schedule:

12:30 p.m.  Greetings

1 p.m.  Word of welcome and agenda, Jo-Anick Proulx, Parks Canada

1:05 p.m. Word of welcome Great Famine Voices Roadshow and participants, John O'Connor, Irish Heritage Quebec

1:15 p.m. National Irish Famine Museum at Strokestown Park - Outreach & Innovation, Caroilin Callery, Great Famine Voices Roadshow

1:45 p.m. "Calamity": Voices, Victims, and Virtue during the Irish Famine migration to Canada", Dr. Mark McGowan, Great Famine Voices Roadshow

2:40 p.m. Break

2:55 p.m. The 1847 Register Of Donations To Help The Poor In Ireland, Joe Lonergan, Irish Heritage Quebec

3:15 p.m. 1847 Orphans, Marie-Claude Belley, Parks Canada (Presentation in French)

4 p.m. Closing remarks and end of the event

Other Great Famine Voices Roadshow 2019 events in partnership with Parks Canada

Irish Ambassador’s residence
291 Park Rd, Rockliffe, ON, Ottawa
May 8th (6 p.m. – 8 p.m.)
Reservation required : Please contact Laura Finlay Laura.Finlay@dfa.ie>

Fort Henry National Historic Site, Kingston
1 Fort Henry Dr, Kingston, ON K7K 5G8
May 9th (3.00pm – 6.00pm)

See the complete schedule of events here: http://www.strokestownpark.ie/great-famine-voices-roadshow/
Speakers and presentations information:

Caroilin Callery  
Caroilin Callery
Director of the Irish Heritage Trust and National Famine Museum at Strokestown Park House

Caroilin Callery is a Director of the Irish Heritage Trust and National Famine Museum at Strokestown Park House. She is recognized for her work to build connections and international recognition for Strokestown and Roscommon to many universities and institutions across the world. These include very successful partnerships with Quinnipiac University, Connecticut, Boston College, the University of Toronto, and the twinning of the National Famine Museum at Strokestown Park House with Parks Canada’s Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site.

Conference: National Irish Famine Museum at Strokestown Park - Outreach & Innovation

jason-king 
Dr Jason King
Academic Coordinator of the Irish Heritage Trust and National Famine Museum at Strokestown Park

Dr Jason King is Academic Coordinator of the Irish Heritage Trust and National Famine Museum at Strokestown Park. He has published widely on the Great Hunger and Irish migration, the story of the Irish Diaspora, and Irish-American and Irish-Canadian culture and heritage. He also curates a number of Irish Famine digital archives and exhibits, such as: http://greatfaminevoices.ie/, http://nationalfamineway.ie/, and http://faminearchive.nuigalway.ie/.

mark-mcgowan 
Dr. Mark G. McGowan
Professor & Deputy Chair, Department of History, University of Toronto

Mark G. McGowan is a Professor and Deputy Chair of the History Department at the University of Toronto. From 2002-2011 he served as Principal of St. Michael's College at the University of Toronto. He is the author of numerous award-winning books and articles of religion, migration, and communication in Canada and the North Atlantic World. His current book project is a history of the challenges faced by Irish Famine orphans in Canada.

Conference: "Calamity": Voices, Victims, and Virtue during the Irish Famine migration to Canada

mc-belley 
Marie-Claude Belley
Cultural Resources Management Advisor, Parks Canada

Marie-Claude Belley is the author of a master's thesis, produced at Laval University, on the subject of the care of Irish orphans in 1847-1848 in Quebec City. A heritage specialist, she has been with Parks Canada for 19 years, where she acts as Cultural Resources Management Advisor.

1847 Orphans

In 1847 and 1848, the Grosse Isle quarantine station was overwhelmed by a wave of emigrants of an unprecedented magnitude. Several hundred children were taken into care in Quebec City, the main port of entry into the Canadas in the 19th century. These children are a reflection of the emigration of these two years. Only their orphan status and age, combined with their very high number, justify close collaboration in their care between the State, the Church and the population.

Conference: 1847 Orphans

GFVR Book of donations 
The 1847 Register Of Donations To Help The Poor In Ireland
On January 1847 the congregation of St. Patrick’s Church of Quebec City formed a committee of twenty persons to cooperate with the citizens of Quebec to aid the suffering poor in Ireland. The committee named John Sharples as Chairman and designated collectors for the various wards of Quebec City and vicinity. Irish Heritage Quebec will present the register in which the names of the donors and the amount of the donations were recorded.

 

Conference: The 1847 Register Of Donations To Help The Poor In Ireland