Harolyn Enis, author of “When Ireland Fell Silent,” will present “The Irish Famine and Immigration” at 6:30 p.m. today at the Edmond Genealogical Society meeting at Edmond Historical Museum, 431 S Boulevard, Edmond.
Enis, curious about her great grandmother who fled County Mayo, Ireland, in 1853, researched the Great Hunger for seven years. Her story reveals the actual causes of the worst human tragedy of the 19th century — the Great Irish Famine or the Great Hunger of 1845-1852.
During the famine caused by more than the potato blight, approximately 1 million people died and a million more moved to America.
For more information, call Edmond Historical Museum at 340-0078.
• Wallace Moore will discuss who the Freedmen were and how they influenced the development and growth regionally and nationally at the Southwest Oklahoma Genealogical Society meeting at 7 p.m. today at Lawton Public Library, 110 SW 4, Lawton.
Moore, a cowboy poet, author and historical re-enactor, was raised in the Seminole Freedman community of Nobletown near Wewoka. He is a member of the Muskogee Creek Nation and has served as a living history interpreter of the buffalo soldiers at the National Historical Museum at Fort Sill.
He will describe the development of Freedman towns when they were removed from their homes in the South, following their tracks through the pre-Civil War time period to their lives after they become free in Indian Territory.
• The Central Oklahoma Chapter of Germans from Russia will meet for a covered dish dinner at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1800 NW 36.
The meeting theme will be family, food and faith in celebration of the 250th anniversary of Catherine the Great's manifesto that invited the Germans to Russia in 1792. Members will tell and show how their lives were impacted by this event.
Attendees also should bring a favorite food to share and items that came from Russia to display, including photographs of forefathers. For more information, call Lil Larwig at 525-3218.
A scholarship was established by the Central Oklahoma Chapter of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia in memory of Glow Austin and Bruce Harms, charter members and past presidents of the Chapter.
The deadline to submit the application is July 1. Applicants must be a descendant of a German from Russia. For more information and to request an application, contact the scholarship chair Freddie Baker at email@example.com or call 433-2778.
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