reland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University reopens to the public on Wednesday, November 2.
The opening includes a temporary display on Connecticut humanitarian Elihu Burritt. This installation includes a portrait of Burritt on loan from Central Connecticut State University.
Burritt (1810-79) was born in New Britain, Connecticut, the youngest of 10 children. He apprenticed with a blacksmith, and while he never received a formal education, excelled in linguistics and learning and was widely recognized as a scholar. Burritt took a particular interest in humanitarian causes including slavery and world peace.
In 1847, Burritt visited Ireland, which was in the throes of Famine. Burritt was appalled by the conditions he witnessed, and wrote, “A Journal of a Visit of Three Days to Skibbereen, and its Neighbourhood,” to inform American audiences of the plight of the Irish. The museum is pleased to feature Burritt’s story and to place Connecticut into context within the story of the Famine in Ireland.