Tuesday, March 1, 2016

10:00 AM-1:00 PM

Cost: Free

Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903

Special Collections (3rd Floor)

Repeats every week every Tuesday until Tue May 31 2016 .
Tue, 2016-03-01 10:00 - 13:00
Tue, 2016-03-08 10:00 - 13:00
Tue, 2016-03-15 10:00 - 13:00
Tue, 2016-03-22 10:00 - 13:00
Tue, 2016-03-29 10:00 - 13:00
Tue, 2016-04-05 10:00 - 13:00
Tue, 2016-04-12 10:00 - 13:00
Tue, 2016-04-19 10:00 - 13:00
Tue, 2016-04-26 10:00 - 13:00
Tue, 2016-05-03 10:00 - 13:00
Tue, 2016-05-10 10:00 - 13:00
Tue, 2016-05-17 10:00 - 13:00
Tue, 2016-05-24 10:00 - 13:00
Tue, 2016-05-31 10:00 - 13:00



Since September 2014, Rhode Island’s large and diverse Irish-American community has been preparing and working to remember and to celebrate Ireland’s 1916 “Easter Rising.”   

As part of that larger effort, Providence Public Library is proud to announce the launch of a “1916 Exhibit” to open March 1 and to run through May 31, 2016, in the Special Collections Department of the Providence Public Library.  The centerpiece of the Exhibit is an original copy of “The Proclamation Of The Irish Republic”, Ireland’s Declaration of Independence, read by P.H. Pearse to the people of Dublin on April 24, 1916. In addition to the Library’s copy of the Proclamation, one of only two such documents in all of North America, the Exhibit will showcase 20 additional 1916 related items loaned by 10 individuals and institutions. A free explanatory souvenir brochure will be available to Exhibit visitors.

The “1916 Exhibit” is free and open to the public during open hours of the Providence Public Special Collections:

Tuesday: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wednesday: 3:00 – 7:00 pm
Other Days/Hours by Appointment

On Easter Monday, April 24, 1916, approximately 1000 armed Revolutionary Irish Nationalists marched through the streets of Dublin, occupying and fortifying several strategic buildings in the center of Ireland’s capital. Thus began the week-long Rebellion, in Dublin and in other parts of the country, which was destined, ultimately, to free most of Ireland from eight centuries of British colonial rule.  At the start of the Rebellion, Ireland was proclaimed “a sovereign, independent state” by its leader, P.H. Pearse. The Easter Rising was crushed by overwhelming British military force and 16 of its leaders, including Pearse, were tried and executed for “Rebellion” between May 3 and August 3, 1916.  Those executions turned “Irish Rebels” into “Irish Martyrs” and galvanized public opinion in favor of complete independence for Ireland from Britain.  After the “War of Independence,” (1919-1921) 26 of Ireland’s 32 counties achieved freedom from British rule.  Six counties in the north of the country remain part of Britain to this day.

Following a visit to Rhode Island by Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenney, in September 2014, many Irish organizations here formed an ad hoc Committee to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising in April 2016.  Since that time the 1916 Centenary Memorial Committee has sponsored numerous lectures, concerts and less formal gatherings to help Rhode Islanders of all ethnic backgrounds to appreciate and to understand the importance of the Easter Rising more fully. 

For further information, please contact Providence Public Library, 150 Empire Street, Providence, RI 02903 (401) 455-8000 or Don Deignan at ddeignan3@cox.net.