East Durham, NY - The Irish American Heritage Museum presents its new exhibit, "Soldiers Are We: The Irish in Military Service," at its summer Exhibit Center, located on Route 145 in East Durham, (Greene County), New York. The Museum is open to the public from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, Sept. 7. Admission is $3.50 for adults; $2 for students and seniors (over 62); children under 14 and Museum members, free. "Irish in Military Service" chronicles how the Irish, for centuries, have been involved in conflicts both at home and abroad. The exhibit includes stories of the Irish who fought in their adoptive lands and focuses on the human aspect of these conflicts, looking at the men and women of Irish descent and the role they played in each conflict. "The 'Irish in Military Service' is the culmination of two years of research and exhibit development by the Museum's staff to honor the contributions and sacrifices of Ireland's sons, daughters and descendents, including most notably Irish-American descendents, in defense of their homelands," stated Edward Collins, Chairman of the Museum's Board of Trustees. "We believe visitors will find their centuries-long stories very compelling," Mr. Collins said. "This exhibit will have something for people interested in any period of Irish history," explained Robert Mulligan, retired associate curator, military history, from the New York State Museum in Albany and an advisor to the Irish American Heritage Museum. "It is a broad, engaging survey of Irish and Irish-American military history from the battle of Clontarf in 1014 to Baghdad today." For more information about "Irish in Military Service," or to become a member of the Museum, visit www.irishamericanheritagemuseum.org, or call the Museum's Administrative Offices at 991 Broadway in Albany at 518-432-6598.
***The Irish American Heritage Museum was permanently chartered in 1992 by the Board of Regents of the State of New York. The Museum's Administrative Offices are located in Albany. with the Museum's summer Exhibit Center is in East Durham. The mission of the Irish American Heritage Museum is to preserve and tell the story of the contributions of the Irish people and their culture in America, inspiring individuals to examine the importance of their own heritage as part of the American fabric. As such, the Museum is unique in America, where almost 40 million individuals claim Irish ancestry.
###Media Contact: Edward Collins [Museum: 518-432-6598; Home: 518-783-8286; Cell: 518-258-0032)