Irish Fest

36th Milwaukee Irish Fest is August 18-21, 2016

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November 2015 (ICHC)

November 2, 2015, 7 p.m.


Member meetings are held the first Monday of each month (except August).


The Irish Cultural and Heritage Center (ICHC) is located at 2133 West Wisconsin Avenue near downtown Milwaukee, housed in the historic former Grand Avenue Congregational Church. Parking is available for evening programs in the two lots just south of the alley behind the building, accessible via 23rd street. The ICHC is also home to the Irish Emigration Library, sponsored by the Irish Genealogical Society of Wisconsin. Visit the ICHC web site for more information.

The Shorewood Public Library is located at 3920 N. Murray Ave., Shorewood WI 53211, one block south of Capitol Drive and three blocks east of Oakland Avenue in Shorewood. Programs will be held in the lower level meeting room. Parking will be available behind the building, accessible via Frederick Avenue. Visit the library's web site at for up-to-date information about the library's new facilities and parking arrangements. Phone: (414) 847-2670.

Upcoming Programs

Updates and Corrections: Please note that November's program is held at the ICHC. The Annual Holiday Party in December is on the 7th and not the 1st.

Monday, November 2, 2015

7:00 p.m., ICHC

Tempering Schadenfreude with Shenanigans; a look at Milwaukee's German language press

Gary Rebholz is a 7th generation Milwaukeean of 100% German-American ancestry. He started work on his family tree in 1997 but was missing hard evidence of that heritage. A chance sample of clippings led him into searching Milwaukee's German language newspapers for his ancestors and in 2007 a project was born. Since then he has been working on an index of death notices and related items covering 1844-1950. The newspaper items include not only German Milwaukee citizens, but others as well – including Irish. He will share examples and have his data base available for searching.

Monday, December 7, 2015

7:00 p.m., ICHC

Annual IGSW Holiday Party

Monday, January 4, 2016

7:00 p.m., Shorewood Library

Women of 1916

Marguerite Helmers, Rosebush Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, will speak on the role of women in the Easter Rising. It is estimated that over 100 women served directly in the conflict, using their skills as doctors and nurses, and drawing on their courage to act as dispatch riders and to acquire supplies. Some, such as Constance Markievicz and Margaret Skinnider, fought alongside the men. Their stories speak of the desire for equality that the Proclamation of the new Irish Republic offered to its people.

Professor Helmers specializes in word and image relationships, particularly relating to 20th century Ireland and England. Recent publications include several articles on paintings, drawings, and maps from the First World War. Her book Harry Clarke's War: Ireland's Memorial Records, 1914-1918 was published by the Irish Academic Press in Autumn 2015.

Questions? Ideas? Please email Corresponding Secretary Maura Bournique

IGSW programs are free and open to the public,and are held eleven times per year, usually on the first Monday of each month. There is no meeting in August. Programs are held at The Shorewood Village Center inside the Shorewood Public Library, or at the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center (ICHC), home to the Society's research library. In addition, some summer programs are excursions to other locations.

The Shorewood Village Center is located at 3920 N. Murray Ave., in the lower level of the Shorewood Public Library one block south of Capitol Drive. The Irish Cultural and Heritage Center (ICHC) is located at 2133 W. Wisconsin Ave. in downtown Milwaukee just west of Marquette University, in the historic Tory Hill neighborhood.