Ellen Fitzgibbons emigrated from Ireland in the late 1800’s to make a better life for herself and her family. This exhibit in the lobby display case presents stories, documents, and records that were discovered in the process of researching her life in Middletown, CT and reveals the true story of why she left Midleton, Ireland to settle in Middletown, Connecticut.
This display offers a glimpse into the lives of the Irish who settled in Middletown between the early 19th and 20th centuries. It includes a host of photographs and documents that illuminate what life was like for the Irish in Middletown, along with images of individuals and events that shaped the Irish experience.
Jason Neely will be displaying a selection of photos from a recent trip to Ireland during the month of March. Highlights of the trip included the Aran Islands, Cashel, and the monastic ruins at Clonmacnoise. A number of the photos that are on display were selected for the West Hartford Art League's juried show, Exposures, earlier this year.
Jason Neely is a librarian and photographer from Middletown, CT. He enjoys photographing a wide range of subjects, the natural world and travel are two of his favorites. A photo that he took of his dog, Sidney, jumping through his living room appeared in the August 2009 issue National Geographic Magazine. The manager of the rock band Weezer saw the image and soon, the photo of Sidney was gracing Weezer’s 2009 release, Raditude.