Opening Reception of the Exhibition ~ Massachusetts Help To Ireland During The Great Famine at the Forbes House Museum

Saturday, January 27, 2018 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Price: 
$10 adults, $8 seniors and students, Free to members

In 1847, millions were starving in Ireland. Massachusetts responded with a communal outpouring of support. It was the beginning og an unprecedented international humanitarian relif mission, and Captain Robert Bennet Forbes became a hero. Hearing the stories of despair in Ireland in 1846-47, brothers Captain Robert Bennet Forbes and John Murray Forbes were stirred into action. With help from local dignitaries, area residents and the United States Government, they amassed 800 tons of provisions, broke a sailing record, and saved thousands of lives. Come see the artifacts and historic accounts from their incredible philanthropic mission during the height of the Great Potato Famine. Meet the curator. Live music by Brian Queally. Authentic Irish baked goods courtesy of Greenhills Bakery in Dorchester. 

Exhibition open through May 20, 2018.

Explore America’s birth as a global economic power in the 19th century through the prism of one family’s inspiring stories of adventure, innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and civic leadership. Long considered the jewel of Milton, this majestic Greek revival mansion was built in 1833 and contains the treasures of four generations of the Forbes family including China trade heirlooms and Abraham Lincoln memorabilia. Historic Preservation work has recently been completed. The museum is open to the public for tours at 11am and 2pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Reservations suggested as tours are limited. The grounds are open to the public daily from dawn to dusk.

215 Adams Street
Milton, MA 02186
Phone: 617-696-1815
215 Adams Street
Milton, MA 02186
Phone: 617-696-1815
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