Bob Larkin Speaks

For Immediate Release

Relive the Stories of Connecticut’s Irish Regiment During the Civil War at the New Haven Museum

New Haven, CT, February 14, 2013—The stories of the Civil War have not been forgotten. With St. Patrick’s Day fast approaching, the New Haven Museum The Connecticut Irish American Historical Society and Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University are pleased to present a lecture on the 9th Regiment Connecticut Volunteers, Connecticut’s Irish regiment. The voices of the 9th Regiment, which included many of New Haven’s Irish, will be heard through Bob Larkin’s lecture at the New Haven Museum on Sunday, March 3 at 2 pm. Larkin will focus on the history of the 9thRegiment, related monuments and select soldier stories. The lecture is free and open to the public, but donations are welcomed. The New Haven Museum will also be open free of charge from 1 to 4 pm for Free First Sunday.

Bob Larkin was born in New Haven, raised in Hamden and has lived in Cheshire with his wife Joan since 1972. A graduate of Villanova University, Bob started researching the Ninth Regiment Connecticut Volunteers as part of a family tree project after he retired from the Southern New England Telephone Company. His work was prompted by an ancestor in that regiment, Private John Marlow, who died opposite Vicksburg in 1862. In 2008, the State of Connecticut unveiled the centerpiece of a monument honoring the 9th Regiment, Connecticut’s Irish Regiment, that was dedicated later that same year on the banks of the Mississippi at the Vicksburg National Military Park. More recently, Bob has organized commemoration exercises for the 125th anniversary of the Soldiers Monument at the Saint Bernard Cemetery in New Haven in 2011, where over 400 Civil War veterans are buried and the 125th anniversary of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in 2012 atop East Rock, where over 500 New Haven soldiers who gave their lives during the Civil War are listed on the monument’s plaques. He is also the coordinator of the annual wreath laying in honor of Veterans Day at the 9th Connecticut’s Monument in New Haven’s Bayview Park.

Founded and incorporated in 1988, The Connecticut Irish American Historical Society currently has more than 300 members. Through a varied program of activities, the Historical Society seeks to collect, share and pass along to others the rich, 350 year history and heritage of the Irish people of Connecticut.

Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University is home to the world’s largest collection of visual art, artifacts and printed materials relating to the Irish Famine. The museum preserves, builds and presents its art collection in order to stimulate reflection, inspire imagination and advance awareness of Ireland’s Great Hunger and its long aftermath on both sides of the Atlantic. Works by noted contemporary Irish artists are featured at the museum, including internationally known sculptors John Behan, Rowan Gillespie and Eamonn O’Doherty; as well as contemporary visual artists Robert Ballagh, Alanna O’Kelly, Brian Maguire and Hughie O’Donoghue. Featured paintings include several important 19th– and 20th-century works by artists such as James Brenan, Daniel MacDonald, James Arthur O’Connor and Jack B. Yeats. The museum is open Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays 1 to 5 p.m.

The New Haven Museum, founded in 1862 as the New Haven Colony Historical Society, is located in downtown New Haven at 114 Whitney Avenue. The Museum is currently celebrating 150 years of collecting, preserving and interpreting the history and heritage of Greater New Haven. Through its collections, exhibitions, programs and outreach, the Museum brings 375 years of New Haven history to life. For more information, contact Michelle Cheng, Director of Education, at (203) 562-4183 ext. 11 or education@newhavenmuseum.org.

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