In 1997, then-Elms President Kathleen Keating, SSJ, Thomas F. Moriarty, Professor of History, also now retired, and Sean F. Cahillane, whose mother came to Western Massachusetts from the Great Blasket Island off Ireland's West Coast, spearheaded a group of local Irish people to form a cultural center at the college dedicated to preserving and sharing the many aspects of Irish culture to Americans of all backgrounds. The college agreed to give the new organization the space that had originally been the library.
The Irish Cultural Center at Elms College, located on the 3rd floor of Berchmans Hall at Elms College, officially opened in the fall of 1999. During the years, its events have ranged from the social to the spiritual to the educational. Many of them have been aimed at Irish Americans, but a number have also been for the enlightenment and enjoyment of the general public in Western Massachusetts. The Irish Cultural Center and its membership (Cairde) are devoted to "keeping the Irish arts alive." The organization is interested in preserving, sharing, and promoting the great heritage of the Irish people, so that future generations of Irish and Irish Americans will have the opportunity to appreciate their rich legacy.
To become a member and for more detail, click here: The Irish Cultural Center at Elms College.
The Polish Center of Discovery and Learning, a place to discover and learn new things about Poland and its people, was officially established at Elms College in February of 1999, occupying space on the third floor of Berchmans Hall.
The Polish Center of Discovery and Learning at Elms College is a living monument that celebrates the many contributions, both past and present, made to the economy, arts, and sciences of our nation by Polish people and their descendants. The mission of the Center at Elms College is to preserve objects representative of the material culture of the Polish people in America; to provide guidance and support materials to schools and other institutions wishing to introduce Polish topics to their students; and to offer a variety of workshops, exhibits, concerts, conferences, seminars, films, plays, lectures and other events that focus on the history and cultural traditions of the Polish people in Europe and the United States. The Polish Center is now located in its new home on 33 South St., just a short distance from its former space at Berchmans Hall.
To become a member and for more detail, click here: The Polish Center for Discovery and Learning at Elms College.