Hermitage to Harlem: Pearse in America, 1914
Start Date: 02 Mar 2014
End Date: 31 Aug 2014
Times: 9.30am - 5.30pm (closed Tuesdays)
'From A Hermitage to Harlem: Pearse in America, 1914’ marks the centenary of Patrick Pearse’s visit to the United States.
Patrick Pearse travelled to the USA in 1914 with the intention of promoting his educational philosophy, but chiefly as a fund-raising trip for the school. In America Pearse was supported by the exiled Fenian, John Devoy, and the Irish-American organisation, Clan na Gael. Pearse's association with this group had a radicalising effect on Pearse and he returned to Ireland energised and more fully committed to the principle of armed rebellion.
Among the items and images on display in the exhibition is a silhouette of Pearse which was made when he was standing at the top of the Woolworth Building, the tallest building in the world when he visited in April 1914. Other noteworthy items include letters written by Eugene Cronin, a young American boy who returned with Pearse to become a pupil in St. Enda’s. In an early letter to his aunt he wrote of his homesickness saying "if Ma don't come right away and take me back I'll die". However, his later letters show that he settled in well, and came to love the school. Also included are several letters Pearse wrote to a Miss McKenna. He had stayed with her family in Harlem for most of his visit. Just to and a half weeks before the Rising he wrote to her saying ‘I am telling you the literal truth when I say that I was never so happy anywhere away from home, or felt so much at home, as during the two and a half months or so I spent with you in 144th Street.
From A Hermitage to Harlem: Pearse in America, 1914 runs at the Pearse Museum, St. Enda's Park, Rathfarnham from 2nd March to 31st August, 9.30am - 5.30pm (closed Tuesdays). Admission free.