History & Related Events

History & Related Archives

Celebration of the Pearse and Connolly Fife and Drum Band • Mar 12

Join Crossroads for a centenary celebration of the legendary Pearse and Connolly Fife and Drum Band. Founded in Butte, Montana in 1917, the band moved to San Francisco in the 1920s and has been an important cultural institution of the San Francisco Irish community ever since. You are requested to bring photos and memorabilia associated with the Pearse and Connolly Band to this event to showcase in a display.
Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street , San Francisco

For more information on this and other events visit www.irishamericancrossroads.org

Historic Tour of Irish Hill • Mar 17

2nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day tour of “Irish Hill” aka the Dogpatch, SF, led by San Francisco City Guides. Once called “Irish Hill”, the Dogpatch became home to thousands of working class Irish, Scottish and English immigrants during the 1860’s. Learn about the infamous neighborhood and visit historical sites during this 1.5hr walking tour. The tour will begin at Triple Voodoo Brewery, where owner Greg Kitchen will lead a tasting of two of his favorite beers and give an overview of the brewing process. Plus, get $1 off pints and $5 pilsners. more

Chinese, Irish, and the Transcontinental Railroad • Mar 25

“Chinese and Irish Workers in the Construction of the Transcontinental Railroad.” Gordon H. Chang, Professor of American History and Director of the Center for East Asian Studies at Stanford, and Barry P. McCarron, Assistant Professor and Faculty Fellow of Irish Studies at New York University, will lead a discussion about the roles and treatment of Irish Workers in the construction of the first Transcontinental Railroad in the United States. For more information, visit the Irish American Crossroads festival website



Preservation and Discovery

Family Stories Workshop • Mar 26

Family Stories Workshop: Creating Narratives from Family Records. Margaret Cooley will give a talk and teach a workshop on how she began without any records, stories or photographs and found enough information to recreate a family story and write a book, The McQueeneys: From Ireland to America. Participants will receive a genealogy search form to fill out, and they may bring a family photograph or record. Margaret will assist them in using vital records and photographs to begin to tell their family stories and make their own books. United Irish Cultural Center, St. Francis Room. Part of the Irish-American Crossroads 2017 festival

Bay Area Irish Oral History • April 2


Join Irish-American Crossroads for this seventh annual event honoring the life histories of participants in the Irish Oral History Archive of the San Francisco Bay Area, a project of Irish-American Crossroads. Event takes place April 2, 2-4pm at the UICC.

About the Archive: Irish-American Crossroads is producing a comprehensive archive of the life stories of the Irish in the San Francisco Bay Area, representative of all generations of heritage. Dedicated to capturing the experience and contributions of men and women who emigrated from Ireland and settled in the San Francisco Bay Area, and their Irish-American contemporaries, the archive is an important collection of recordings of life stories and personal histories. Note: The current phase of interviews is concentrating on Irish-born immigrants who arrived in the Bay Area up to the 1960s, and Irish Americans whose families emigrated to the Bay Area during earlier times.

Find out more about Irish American Crossroads’ annual festival and the Irish Oral History Archive. If you are interested in participating in this project, please email Hillary Flynn.

Peter O’Driscoll City Guides Tours • Ongoing

tour13_1Corkonian Peter O’Driscoll joined the San Francisco City Guides team several years ago, and conducts Irish Labor History tours of the waterfront as well as leading a tour at Coit Tower where famous murals – some controversial – created by 25 of California’s leading artists of the 1930s reflect scenes of the Great Depression, landscapes, farm workers, industries, a stylish soiree, and vibrant city life. Coit tours are conducted Wednesdays at 11am and future Irish Labor History tour information is available on request via email.

More on City Guides tours.

Robert Emmet Day Remembrance • Sept.

“Let no man write my epitaph: for as no man who knows my motives dare now vindicate them. Let them and me repose in obscurity and peace, and my tomb remain uninscribed, until other times, and other men, can do justice to my character; when my country takes her place among the nations of the earth, then, and not till then, let my epitaph be written. I have done.”     Excerpt from Robert Emmet’s Speech from the Dock

Each year the United Irish Societies of San Francisco (UIS) lays a wreath at the foot of Robert Emmet’s statue in Golden Gate Park commemorating his struggle for Irish independence and for the civil rights of disenfranchised Irish Catholics. The UIS remembers his heroism with Irish music, dance, and a recitation of his memorable Speech from Dock, which he delivered at his trial on the eve of his execution. The public is invited to attend this moving event.

One of four statues created by Jerome Connor in 1916, the figure of Robert Emmet stands outside the California Academy of Sciences building overlooking the Band Concourse in the Golden Gate Park. Donated to the Park by James D. Phelan, San Francisco mayor and son of Irish immigrants, the statue was unveiled by Eamon De Valera in July of 1919 while he was on a fundraising tour of the United States. Emmet served as an inspiration to the Irish republicans in the years leading up to 1916 uprising.
September 19, 2016.

Filoli’s Irish Connection

Year round events at Filoli – check calendar.

Filoli is in its 41st year as a historic property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is recognized as one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century. A  654–acre property with a 36,000 square foot Georgian country house and 16–acre English Renaissance garden. But the Irish surprise at Filoli is in the ballroom which has five large murals, painted by Ernest Peixotto in 1926, depicting views of the Muckross Estate in Killarney. Read about the Bourns, Filoli House and the Irish Connection

Maud BournMaud Bourn (Daughter of William Bowers Bourn II and Agnes Moody Bourn).

Irish Cowboys. Really.

cowboysSeeking stories on Irish who emigrated from Cork’s Duhallow region to Oregon between 1890 and 1955. Email info@irishculturebayarea.com for more information.

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