Leland Library hosts “Irish Immigrants in Michigan” authors

From staff reports

On Thursday, June 30, at 2 p.m., the Leland Township Library and the Leelanau Historical Society will host the authors of Irish Immigrants in Michigan: A History in Stories, Pat Commins and Elizabeth Rice.

Ireland is a country of incredible beauty. In the 1800s, Ireland was also a land of dire poverty and oppression for most of the people living there. When the potato crop, the staple food for most of the Irish people failed for many years in succession, unrelenting hunger became another aspect of daily life. For thousands of Irish people, a decision had to be made: should we go or should we stay?

Pat Commins of Dublin, Ireland, and Elizabeth Rice of Michigan have compiled true stories of Irish immigrants to Michigan in the 19th century-one story from each of Michigan’s 83 counties-in order to share the history of these people who made their way to Michigan to begin new lives. You are invited to come to listen to the story of Leelanau County and others.

There is no cost to attend the program, which will be held in the Munnecke Room.

For more information, call 231-256-9152 (Library) or visit LelandLibrary.org.