Whaling Museum president's illustrated lecture offers 4000-year overview of Ireland, Feb. 10

(NEW BEDFORD, MA) –  James Russell, New Bedford Whaling Museum president and CEO, will take the podium for an entertaining presentation on his native Ireland on Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in the Cook Memorial Theater. The illustrated talk will highlight that country's great AHA! moments with a focus on early Irish art, history and architecture.

The presentation will take a sweep through 4,000 years starting with Newgrange, perhaps the greatest extant example of Neolithic architecture in the world. See some of the best examples of manuscripts, metalwork and high crosses ever created.  Celtic, Viking and Norman invasions of the country will be examined.  Learn how a country absorbed successive waves of immigration from Scandinavia to Austria to Iberia. A renaissance of Irish art began with the introduction of Christianity thus creating a land of saints and scholars.  If only it were so simple!  Learn how the country got its name, about how the Irish practiced slavery and colonialism, and how their superstitions and myths founded the Celtic phenomenon that we are familiar with today. 

Part of the AHA! Communities of New Bedford Lectures, The Irish Experience Series is sponsored in part by the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick. Admission is free.

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of whales and whaling. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown and is open daily. For a complete calendar of events, visit the Whaling Museum online at www.whalingmuseum.org. Join the Museum’s online community at flickr.com www.flickr.com/photos/nbwm, facebook.com http://www.facebook.com/whalingmuseum, Twitter www.twitter.com/whalingmuseum, and blog at http://www.whalingmuseumblog.org.

For more information, contact:
Arthur MottaDirector, Marketing & Communications
(508) 997-0046, ext. 153