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From: Nan Brennan <>
Subject: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] What about the Archdiocese archives?
Date: Sat, 1 Dec 2007 18:57:56 -0600

Many of us on this list, although not all, have Irish ancestors who
were Catholic,
and the Catholic parish and cemetery records and newspapers are of
great interest to us.

Do you think a meeting there could be useful, interesting and
They really have a tremendous historical collection there.

(They have a natural interest in us as well, as they are looking for
to transcribe the parish records!)

I understand they have limited hours, but they might be willing to
set a date/time apart from their normal operating hours to meet with us.
They might actually enjoy doing a presentation for a group and giving us
a tour of the museum, too. (I didn't even know they had a museum!)

> The intention of the museum is to display collected treasures for a
> greater understanding of Chicago Catholicism.
> The museum shows a part of an American heritage. The Archives &
> Records Center mounts frequent exhibitions from its collections,
> which the public is encouraged to visit. A brief introductory tour
> of the museum exhibit is available to researches and the general
> public. The exhibit is suitable for diverse audiences.

They are located at Halsted/Monroe--711 West Monroe.
I don't know if they have parking, but some of you do!
Easy to get to driving from W SW or NW.
Easy to get to by public transit within Chicago
Pretty easy to get to by public transit from the suburbs.
It is also about a half block from Old St Pat's. (Masses 11, 12, and
5 on Sunday)

There are restaurants galore in the area. It's in the heart of Greek
There are also 2 very popular new, highly rated (may be pricey)
a half block away: "Butter" and "Dine the Restaurant"
They both have websites:

There is also a Giordano's very nearby at Halsted/Van Buren, which,
besides pizza and pasta,
has sandwiches and salads.

What do you think?

the museum:
the collections:

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