Exciting Changes for the Irish Cultural Center of Western New England

The Irish Cultural Center has been busy over the last few weeks! We are pleased to announce our new future location at 429 Morgan Road in West Springfield, MA, the former home of the Elks Lodge. We are currently in the planning stages at the new site, and will be moving in due time to our future home. On July 28, 2015, ICC board members and supporters, West Springfield Mayor Ed Sullivan, and West Springfield officials took part in an official lease signing ceremony at the Morgan Road property. See photos from the ceremony.

To reflect the broadened scope of our mission and membership, we have changed our name to the Irish Cultural Center of Western New England. The new facility and name change are the culmination of two years of strategic planning. The ICC’s mission is to cultivate a connection with Ireland through the arts, culture, history, language and heritage, throughout the entire Western New England region. We also have a new logo and color scheme, and will soon have new merchandise! Read the full press release about our new name and location.

Irish Language Classes this Fall

Tír gan teanga, tír gan anam – “A country without a language is a country without a soul.” The ICC and Elms College are pleased to offer a range of Irish classes for the 2015/2016 academic year, starting in September. In addition, this partnership is again successful in bringing to campus our sixth consecutive Irish Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant, Síle Dolan. From beginner courses with no previous experience required, all the way through to an intermediate/advanced class taught by Síle, we offer classes for every level of learner. Learn more about each class and download a registration form.


The Irish Cultural Center, currently located at Elms College in Chicopee, MA, is devoted to keeping the Irish arts alive. We work to preserve, share, and promote Ireland’s cultural heritage, so that all people will have the opportunity to appreciate its rich legacy. Learn more.

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Contact The Irish Cultural Center:

Irish Cultural Center of Western New England

291 Springfield Street

Chicopee, MA 01013

PBS’s Finding Your Roots on Hiatus Following Affleck Controversy

Attached are two recent articles regarding the controversy surrounding Ben Affleck’s appearance on the PBS program Finding Your Roots.  The controversy has ultimately resulted in the entire PBS series being put “on hold” according to the network, while it reviews the program’s editorial standards.

The controversy erupted after documents obtained following the Sony email hack showed that portions of the program revealing that Affleck’s ancestors had owned slaves were edited out of the final program at his request.

PBS Pulls “Roots” Series Amid Affleck Controversy – Boston Globe 6/25/15

Hacked e-mail shows Affleck asked PBS to censor ancestry – Boston Globe – 4/19/15

Genealogy Guru Steve Morse at Elms College in Chicopee

Date:  10 October 2015

Time:  9:30 a.m.

Where:   Elms College, Chicopee, MA

See our event page for information and registration instructions.

Steve’s website, stevemorse.org, began as an aid for searching Ellis Island records and has expanded to become the most comprehensive research tool for genealogical research on the internet!  This is one you don’t want to miss!  Presented by the Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts.


Welcome to the new home of WMaRootsEvents on the web!  As we grow, we will be adding more genealogy resources and related discussions to hopefully help you on your own genealogy journey.  Genealogy classes are offered periodically here in Western Massachusetts, and there are frequent events and speakers on genealogical topics throughout the area and we’ll try to include as many of these as we can here on our website and in our monthly newsletter.  If you would like your class, lecture, meeting or event publicized here, please email us at wmarootsevents@gmail.com.  Before submitting your information, please review our submission guidelines.

We hope you will find WMaRootsEvents to be a valuable resource and that you’ll visit us often.  If you would like to contact us please visit our Facebook Page, or email us at wmarootsevents@gmail.com.