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History of the  Society 

Part l

 Dr. Catherine B. Shannon,

Past President and Board Member, outlines the Society’s historical chronicle over the past two and a half centuries.

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History of the Society

Part ll

 Dr. Catherine B. Shannon,

Past President and Board Member, outlines the Society’s historical chronicle over the past two and a half centuries.

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Charitable Irish Society and U.S. Presidents

The story of the Charitable Irish Society and its encounters with five United States Presidents over the course of two hundred years.          

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Voyage into the Unknown 

The story of Society member, Thomas Francis Myles, aboard the RMS Titanic on its fateful maiden voyage in April, 1912.

 

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The Irish Brigade and the Lost Drum

In December, 1862 the largest combat engagement of the Civil War took place at Fredericksburg, Virginia. Learn about the battle and the military drum of the 28th Massachusetts Regiment.                     






The Halls of Boston

In colonial Boston in the mid 1700’s there lived a master and his servant – William Hall and Prince Hall. The servant would go on to become more famous than his master. Learn about their lives and their shared story.

 

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The Kennedy – Fitzgerald Legacy

 

The story of three generations of two political Boston Irish families and their membership in the Charitable Irish Society

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Henry Lee Shattuck:

A Legacy of Humility and Generosity

 Boston Brahmin, politician, attorney, Harvard University treasurer, and benefactor of the Charitable Irish Society. 





Boston’s Irish Servants - Taking a Look Back

They were the “bedrock” of the Irish community and an inspiration to the many generations of their Irish-American descendants who followed.

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Historical Resources




Published 1917



“The Irish Atlantic - A Story of Famine, Migration and Opportunity”

The Massachusetts Historical Society exhibition of Irish immigration to Boston (with videos).

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"Charitable Irish Society, founded 1737 : its Constitution and By-laws, with a List of Officers and Members"

Membership list from mid 1700's through 1917.

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" The Silver Key: A History of the Charitable Irish Society"

Burke, Charles T. The Silver Key: A History of the Charitable Irish Society . Charitable Irish Society, 1973.












Custodian and curator of the Society archives from the mid-1700's to 1938.

Visit the collection at:

http://www.masshist.org/collection-guides/view/fa0123




        


Boston College - John J. Burns Library

Custodian and curator of the Society archives from 1938 to the present.

Visit the collection at:

https://libguides.bc.edu/Burns

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