Since 1836 the Ancient Order of Hibernians has been a place of refuge and comfort to incoming Irish immigrants. The many Divisions and club facilities help the new arrivals adjust socially and economically. In celebration of the 175th Anniversary, and the traditions and legacy of the Hibernians, we are putting together a special, commemorative Members’ Story and Photo Album. This publication will let you tell of what the Irish-American experience means to you and your family. It can be anything as personal as the story of your ancestors, coming to America, or your participation in the AOH, or as broad as Irish-American traditions, values common among Irish Americans, or community involvement. Through these personal photos and narratives, you will see the evolution of the Irish American culture and the eternal bridge to our ancestors, and realize the individual growth we all have experienced as Hibernians
Every Irish American, past and present, shares an extraordinary bond. Collectively, you have experienced many different things. You are all connected through your Irish heritage, and this publication will help you to stay connected. In addition to documenting our history, this commemorative edition will also serve as a comprehensive reference of Irish Americans everywhere in the United States and Canada. You will be able to submit a four-color photograph as well as up to a 300 word story. Besides being a substantial 8 ½ x 11 full color edition for you to own, a portion of the total project proceeds will benefit the AOH.
The National AOH office has selected Harris Connect as their trusted partner to research and produce this commemorative publication. The Chesapeake, Virginia based publisher has worked with many fraternal organizations, and we encourage you to participate in this project as part of your Irish American birthright. Members will be contacted by phone, email and mail starting in late September.
Be on the lookout in the near future for your chance to participate.
Thank you for your support and effort in making this Ancient Order of Hibernians 175th Anniversary Members’ Story & Photo Album yet another way to record and preserve your own personal legacy as well as the ancestral connection we enjoy in this country and beyond.