Based on reviewing the travel schedule and logistics I am advancing our meeting time at the Whitehall Ferry Terminal (to take the Staten Island Ferry).  If you wish to go independently, are traveling by car or are based in proximity simply refer to the address details at the base of this email.

9:15AM - Plan to meet at the Panini Grill, located inside the terminal, on left side before turnstiles.  I believe I've met everyone before however will bring a bright green clipboard with me to minimize the "excuse me but are you..." bit!

9:30AM - Board the Staten Island Ferry.  This is a free ferry so there is no need to purchase tickets.

10:00AM - Arrival to Staten Island: St George's Ferry Terminal.

10:30AM -

Option 1: Bus S40 to stop Richmond Terrace (Snug Harbor Rd)

Option 2: For those interested it is an estimated 10 minute taxi ride

10:40AM - Estimated arrival at Richmond Terrace (Snug Harbor Rd).  An estimated 10 minute walk to Building H, History Center.

11:00AM - 1 Hour Presentation by Cara Dellatte, Archivist/Researcher at Staten Island Museum. **NOTE: I WAS JUST INFORMED THERE IS A $5 FEE PER PERSON FOR THIS TALK.  PAYABLE ON DAY.**.  Following the talk we will have the opportunity to view the Archives which is normally closed on Saturday.  There will be handouts and Cara will be showcasing some of the items in Archives that are not normally viewable...wonder what they will be...!

12:00PM - Estimated close of talk and visit then to Archives

1:00PM - Estimated wrap up.  For those interested a visit to the Museum is $2.  Note the Snug Harbor grounds (where Building H is based) is a beautiful spot to check out.

Then it's back to the ferry terminal taxi or bus and hopefully filled with many new ideas.


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  • Bridget

    Great talk both by archivist Cara Dellatte of the museum and Lynn Rogers of Friends of Abandoned Cemeteries. I will post a copy of the presentation under "Files" which is under "More" tab. A few highlights:
    - 650 Irish names have been recorded from the mortality list of the 1850 census indicating cause of death, years in quarantine etc
    - outside of a) surviving the passage over from Ireland and taking residence in NY or elsewhere b) dying on the passage over and likely being thrown overboard up to and including the NY harbor you were then quarantined due to sickness at the Marine Hospital on Staten Island
    - thousands of unknown Irish famine victims found at a municipal parking lot and in the surrounding area. Through a project initiated by Lynn, some 2000 letters were received providing accounts of individuals
    - Staten Island Museum (archives) holds a number of records not available elsewhere
    - Funeral records of one Irish owned funeral home have been recorded and hold great information

    May 11, 2013

  • Bridget

    For anyone who is still coming but not on the 930 ferry, there is a 10am ferry and you won't be too delayed. If I know you are coming I will hold the class.

    May 11, 2013

  • Mary

    Dear Bridget,
    I'm so sorry, but I feel very ill tonight (something I ate?).
    I was so looking forward to going to SI tomorrow. Have a great day.
    Fondly, Mary McGonigle

    May 10, 2013

    • Bridget

      Sorry to hear, but will take photos and notes. Should you feel better you know where we will be!

      May 11, 2013

  • Mary

    Dear Bridget,
    I'll be driving to Staten Island on Saturday, so I plan to meet you at Richmond Terrace at 10:40 a.m.
    Mary McGonigle

    May 9, 2013

  • Kathleen M.

    Dr only available that Saturday

    May 8, 2013

  • Susan B

    My recent visit to the Hunger Museum in CT prompted me to do more reading on the subject. I would like to recommend Tim Pat Coogan's latest book The Famine Plot : England's Role in Ireland's Greatest Tragedy. I found it to be an excellent factual read.

    1 · April 29, 2013

  • Sile

    my own suggestion and I'll be out of town!

    April 7, 2013

  • Joanne

    There is also a lovely memorial to Staten Island's victims of 9-11 that is a short walk from the Ferry Terminal and worth a visit.

    February 20, 2013

  • Sile

    we'll go if in town

    February 20, 2013

  • Patrick

    I Must do this, since I now live on S.I., gotta learn what resources it's got to offer :-)

    February 20, 2013

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