We the People: Club to examine great Irish famine

Sharon Burns: Harolyn 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.
BY SHARON BURNS sburns@opubco.com Published: February 18, 2013
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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.

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