Weaving the traditions of Dance, Music, Art & Language

Celtic Junction Arts Center

Best Cultural Center in North America –IrishCentral, 2018

836 Prior Avenue, St. Paul, MN, 55104

A 501(c)(3) organization

Oral History Project Launch Party, June 16

Doors at 6:30pm. Music at 7:30pm. FREE event! 

The Celtic Junction Arts Center’s Eoin McKiernan Library is celebrating the completion of an oral history project with a concert and exhibition of photos on June 16th at the Celtic Junction. The concert will feature performances and stories from musicians interviewed for the project including Marty McHugh, Tom Dahill, Ann and Charlie Heymann, Laura MacKenzie, John McCormick, Pete Tritz and Dáithí Sproule. Doors open at 6:30 for a photo/sound exhibition with music starting at 7:30 and the event is free!

Last year, Celtic Junction Arts Center was selected to receive the Minnesota Historical Society’s Minnesota Historical and Cultural Heritage Grant in support of an oral history project focused on Irish music in the Twin Cities. “Irish Music and Musicians in the Twin Cities Community” has been a collaboration between interviewer Dáithí Sproule and Eoin McKiernan Library Director Brian Miller. Sproule has interviewed 13 key participants in the Twin Cities Irish Music community about their experiences with the music and the history of the local scene with a focus on the years 1950-1990. Interviews will be archived and made digitally available through the CJAC’s Eoin McKiernan Library.

Miller has also reached out to interviewees and other community members to collect and digitize historical photos that illustrate themes and characters from the interviews. For the June event, selected photos will be woven together with clips from the interviews for an exhibition in the Celtic Junction lobby.

Photo by David Aronow

Since March, the Eoin McKiernan Library Facebook page has been a hive of activity as photos have come in and community members have reconnected with the past and each other while contributing names, dates, locations and back stories for the various photos. We look forward to more memories and music on the 16th!

This publication was made possible in part by the people of Minnesota through a grant funded by an appropriation to the Minnesota Historical Society from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Any views, findings, opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of the State of Minnesota, the Minnesota Historical Society, or the Minnesota Historic Resources Advisory Committee.