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XV ULSTER-AMERICAN HERITAGE SYMPOSIUM
23-26 JUNE 2004
'Changing Ways of Thinking about Emigration from Ulster'

 
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WEDNESDAY 23 JUNE
5.00-6.00 pm Registration: Silver Birch Hotel, Omagh
6.00-8.00 pm Welcome: Omagh District Council Buffet Reception
 
THURSDAY 24 JUNE
 
8.30 am Bus departs from Silver Birch Hotel (residents only)
8.30 - 9.15 Registration: Centre for Migration Studies
9.15 am WELCOME: Assembly Room
Introduction to XV Symposium
 
9.30am PLENARY LECTURE: Assembly Room
Chair: Brenda Collins, Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum
Kathleen Curtis Wilson, Visiting Scholar, University of Ulster, 'Irish Linen World-wide: exploring the fabric of Ulster and its diaspora'
10.30 TEA / COFFEE
 
10.45-12.45 PARALLEL SESSIONS 1
1A: Assembly Room
Migration Beachheads

Chair: Trevor Parkhill, Ulster Museum
Marianne S. Wokeck, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis. 'Searching for Land: The Role of New Castle, Delaware, 1710s-1770s'
Richard K. MacMaster, University of Florida, 'Searching for Order: Donegal Springs, Pennsylvania, from the 1720s to1770s'
Scots-Irish Movement to the Virginia Backcountry
Chair: Trevor Parkhill
Warren R. Hofstra, Shenandoah University, Virginia, 'Searching for Peace and Prosperity: Opequon, Virginia, 1730s to 1760s'
Katharine L. Brown, Mary Baldwin College, and Kenneth Keller, Mary Baldwin College, 'Searching for Status: the formation of a Scots-Irish Elite in Virginia's Irish Tract from the late eighteenth to early nineteenth century'
 
1B: Library
Chair: Piaras Mac Éinrí, University College, Cork
William Roulston, Ulster Historical Foundation, Belfast, 'Reconstructing eighteenth-century Ulster families'
GK Peatling, University of Guelph, Ontario and Institute of Ulster Scots Studies, University of Ulster, 'Rethinking interactions between Ulster-Scots and native Americans'
Joyce Alexander, Center for Scotch-Irish Studies and Immaculata University, 'An Analysis of Scotch-Irish Perceptions of the Northern Ireland Conflict'
Mícheál Roe, Seattle Pacific University and the University of Ulster, 'Characteristics and attitudes of 21st Century Scotch-Irish: findings from the General Social Survey'
12.45-2.00 LUNCH
2.00pm PLENARY LECTURE: Assembly Room
Chair: Alan Sharp, University of Ulster, Coleraine
Steve Ickringill, Yorkshire, England, formerly University of Ulster, Coleraine, 'Reactions in Ulster to the Spanish-American War'
2.45-3.45pm PARALLEL SESSIONS 2
2A: Assembly Room
Scots-Irish Movement to the Virginia Backcountry (cont
.)
Chair: Nini Rodgers, Queen's University Belfast
Anita Puckett, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 'Searching for Prestige: the Prestons and other Scotch-Irish Elites of the late eighteenth-century Virginia New River Valley'
The Scots-Irish, the Backcountry, and Beyond
Chair: Nini Rodgers
Michael Montgomery, University of South Carolina, 'Searching for Independence: Backcountry Carolina, 1760s to 1780s'
 
2B: Library
Chair: Liam Kennedy, Queen's University Belfast
Sylvia Hilton, University of Complutense, Madrid, 'Irishmen on the Mississippi in the late eighteenth century: the negotiation of interest and identity in Spanish Louisiana and West Florida'
Peter Gilmore, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, 'Two Sons of Oil Reconsidered: Irish Covenanters and the New World'
 
3.45-400 TEA / COFFEE BREAK
 
4.00-5.00 PARALLEL SESSIONS 3
3A: Assembly Room
The Scots-Irish, the Backcountry, and Beyond (cont.)

Chair: David Doyle, University College, Dublin
Kerby Miller, University of Missouri, 'Searching for Power: Western Pennsylvania in the 1790s'
Patrick Griffin, Ohio University, 'Searching for Freedom and Security: Kentucky from the 1780s to the 1830s'
 
3B: Library
Chair: Johanne Trew, MCMS and Queen's University Belfast
Harry Alexander, Center for Scotch-Irish Studies, 'Social Service Dimensions of Scotch-Irish Fraternalism in Industrial America'
Julie Henigan, University of Notre Dame, Bloomington, Indiana, 'Bob Holt: a Scotch-Irish square-dance fiddle player from Ava, Missouri'
5.10 PLENARY PRESENTATION: Assembly Room
'MAGNI and the Way Ahead: from Ulster-American Folk Park to Museum of Emigration'
Chair: Sir Peter Froggatt
Tim Cooke, Chief Executive, Museums and Galleries of Northern Ireland
Philip Mowat, Curator, Ulster-American Folk Park
Aideen McGinley, Permanent Secretary, Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure
5.30 Walk through the Outdoor Museum to the 'New World'
Drinks Reception at Western Pennsylvania Log House and Group Photograph by Mr Geoff Heaver
 
6.30 Barbeque: Marquee
Brian Lambkin and Patrick Fitzgerald, MCMS, 'The Mellons and the Emigrant Road from Castletown to Derry: a preview'
'Come All Ye': informal musical entertainment with Julie Henigan
9.00pm Buses depart for Silver Birch Hotel and Mellon Country Inn (residents only)
 
FRIDAY 25 JUNE
 
8.45am Bus departs Silver Birch Hotel (those booked for three day programme only)
Onboard commentary: Brian Lambkin and Patrick Fitzgerald, 'The Mellons and the Emigrant Road from Castletown to Derry'
10.30am Welcome: Guildhall, Derry City
 
10.30am Exploring Derry (optional guided tour including City Walls, Verbal Arts Centre, 'the Donegal quarter', Harbour Museum - lunch not included)
1.30pm Bus departs city centre for University of Ulster
1.00-1.45pm Registration for new delegates: MD021, Martha Magee Seminar Room, Ground floor, Main Building, University of Ulster, Magee Campus (Tea / Coffee on Arrival)
 

1.45pm

 

Welcome: MD 108 Minor Hall, Level 2, Main Building
Professor Tom Fraser, Provost, and Professor John Wilson, Director, Institute of Ulster-Scots Studies
2.00pm PLENARY LECTURE: MD108
Chair: John Wilson
Kerby Miller, University of Missouri, 'Belfast's First Bomb, 28 February 1816: Class Conflict and the Origins of Ulster Unionist Hegemony'
3.00pm TEA / COFFEE BREAK MD021, Martha Magee Seminar Room
3.20-4.20pm PARALLEL SESSIONS 4
4A: MD108
Chair: ?
Ron Wells, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 'The Nameless, Dead Migrants and the Historian's Task'
A N Other, Institute of Ulster-Scots Studies, 'Title'
4B: MD007 (Lecture Theatre. Level 0, Main Building)
Chair: Patrick Fitzgerald, MCMS?
Karen J. Harvey, Lock Haven University, Pennsylvania, 'Contemporary Accounts of the Scotch-Irish in the Appalachian Backcountry: the cultural and economic frontier'
Mary Daughtrey, Marymount University, Virginia, 'Post-Cold War Trends in Conflict Intervention: how does the Northern Ireland Peace Process fit in?
 

4.30pm

 

 

Book Launch: MD102, Great Hall, Level 0, Main Building
The Irish, The Scottish and the Scotch-Irish: connections and comparisons, edited by William Kelly and John Young (Four Courts Press)
 

5.00pm

 

Depart for evening cruise on Lough Foyle: from Derry to Moville and back on board the 'Toucan' (evening meal on board with commentary by Mr Charlie McCann, former Foyle Pilot, on sites of emigration interest)
9.30pm Return Derry; Bus departs for Silver Birch Hotel (residents only)
10.30pm Arrive Silver Birch Hotel
 
SATURDAY 26 JUNE
 
9.15am Bus departs Silver Birch Hotel
9.00-9.45 Registration for new delegates: Centre for Migration Studies
9.45am PLENARY LECTURE: Assembly Room
Chair: John Kirk, Queen's University Belfast
Professor Michael Montgomery, University of South Carolina, 'From Ulster to America: the Scotch-Irish Heritage of American English'
10.30 PARALLEL SESSIONS 5
5A: Assembly Room
Chair: John Kirk
Alan Crozier, Sweden, 'Language and Identity: continuity and community'
5B: Library
Chair: Sir Peter Froggatt, Scotch-Irish Trust
Kenneth D. Keller, Mary Baldwin College, Virginia, 'Medicine as Cultural Baggage in the Ulster Scots Settlements of the Valley of Virginia'
5C: Board Room
New World of Conflict: the Scotch-Irish in Colonial America
Chair: Joanne McKay, University of Ulster
John Maass, Ohio State University, 'Ulster Scots and Disaffection in the Revolutionary War, 1780-81: response to conflict'
 
11.00 TEA / COFFEE BREAK
11.15-12.15 PARALLEL SESSIONS 6
6A: Assembly Room
Chair: Johanne Trew, MCMS and Queen's University Belfast
Violet Johnson, Agnes Scott College, Decatur, Georgia 'Parading the Shamrock and the Pan: a historical comparative analysis of St Patrick's Day and the Carribean Carnival in the American South'
Lorrie Blair, Concordia University, Canada, and Jean-Francois Frappier (Université de Montréal), 'Visualising Montreal's Saint Patrick's Day Parade'
6B: Library
Chair: John Othick, formerly Centre for Canadian Studies, Queen's University Belfast
Rick Ruggle, Toronto, Canada, 'The demographics of faith - the Irish roots of religious affiliation in an Ontario township'
Nina Ray, Boise State University, Idaho, and Tim Conway, University of Ulster, Coleraine, 'The Hearts of Steel in the Eighteenth Century: implications for the American immigration experience
Rick Ruggle, Toronto, Canada, 'The demographics of faith - the Irish roots of religious affiliation in an Ontario township'
6C: Board Room
New World of Conflict: the Scotch-Irish in Colonial America (cont.)
Chair: Joanne McKay, University of Ulster
Monica Spiese, Millersville University, Pennsylvania, 'An Ulsterman in Pennsylvania: James Logan (1674-1751)'
Nathan Kozuskanich, Ohio State University, 'The Paxton Riots, 1764'

12.15

 

 

FINAL PLENARY SESSION: Assembly Room
'Reflections on XV Symposium, Prospects for XVI Symposium'
Close of Symposium
Chair: Brian Lambkin, MCMS
 
12.30 'Celebrate Canada!' Lunch Reception
Marquee
 

1.30

 

Launch of CAITNAN (Canada and Ireland Together: North Atlantic Neighbours) web site by the Canadian Ambassador to Ireland Mr Mark Moher
2.00pm Bus departs for Belfast

2.00 - 3.00 pm

 

 

Public Event: Ulster-American Folk Park
Music on the Move: a musical collaboration within the unique setting of the Ship and Dockside Gallery with Anita Best, one of Newfoundland's most talented traditional singers & Liz Doherty from Donegal, one of Ireland's most enthralling fiddlers

3.15 and 4.15 pm

 

Public Event: MCMS Library
Two twenty-minute presentations on 'Canadian Migration' by Patrick Fitzgerald

 

For enquiries contact Christine Johnston on
Tel: 0044 28 8225 6315;
Fax: 0044 28 8224 2241
or by email at christine.johnston@ni-libraries.org.uk

General enquiries: cms@librariesni.org.uk
Centre for Migration Studies,
Ulster-American Folk Park, Omagh, Co Tyrone,
Northern Ireland, BT78 5QY,
Tel: 0044 28 8225 6315;
Fax: 0044 28 8224 2241

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