I have been tasked with the responsibility of being the historian of the United Irish Societies since mid May and have had its archives in my possession since roughly the beginning of June after collecting them from my good friend Don Pidgeon. Since then I have been slowly documenting the contents of the archives. As of now I have documented from 1929 to 1949, over 400 items. I have seen letters of condolence, reports, notes, newspaper articles, many letters to and from John Loye, and a number of photos.
As I continue documenting the archives I know there is much work to do, with roughly 65 years to go. After the archives, there is also my own files that require documenting. I have digitized much of the files I have retained from my time as Treasurer, Parade Director, and President. In addition to that, many of the Societies’ parade photos (both hard copy and electronic) are in my possession. Before the years pass I need to tag the photos with the names of people in them. Between the official photos, those of John Gilroy, and my own, this alone is a challenging task.
If you have any items you would like to share with us or donate to us, please contact me.
Please be sure to attend our first general meeting in September.
Ken Quinn, Historian