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Irish Museum and Cultural Center

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The Irish Center of Kansas City (which used to be called Irish Museum and Cultural Center) is the newest addition to the active Irish American community in Kansas City, Missouri, US. It is a non-profit organization which uses volunteer help. It opened in its current location in Union Station on March 17, 2007, (Saint Patrick's Day.) The museum hosts a number of events, programs, classes, and exhibits. The center's mission encourages knowledge and appreciation of the Irish and Irish-American community, culture, history, and heritage in the greater Kansas City area and region.

Events

The center hosts many cultural events such as:

The center also hosts Irish social events, including an annual Irish Gala and Irish Trivia Night during the Irish Season and Irish-American Heritage Month.

Check website for up-to-date information about up-coming events.

Exhibits and Resources

  • An exhibit about Irish American Presidents during February, 2008
  • An exhibit about Nelly Don including historic costume collection during summer, 2007
  • Exhibits about the Kansas City Irish Community
  • The Heart and History of the Bodhrán
  • Irish history and heritage library materials and information
  • limited, but growing Ireland travel information & resources
  • Genealogy resource room and library (including Irish diaspora, family names, family coats of arms, and online genealogy resources)

The book, The Kingdom of Ireland, published in 1691, a Bible over 200 years old, antique Irish musical instruments & song sheets, and Irish Civil War artifacts & memorabilia are included among items on display.

An 1831 Jaunting car is located in the main room.

A small collection of Belleek Pottery can be found in the conference room.

Other

Books, cd's, and other items of Irish interest are sold in a small gift shop on site.

The center can be rented for private events.

More up-to-date information about events, programs, and exhibits as well as contact and other information can be found on the Irish Museum & Cultural Center's website.

Sources

  • Director of the Irish Museum and Cultural Center

External links

  • Irish Museum website

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