Listowel native picks up major US museum role

Elizabeth Stack
Elizabeth Stack

The Irish American Heritage museum in Albany, New York state, has appointed Listowel native Elizabeth Stack as its executive director.

She assumes the role having been at Fordham University, where she was an Associate Director of the Institute of Irish Studies. She also taught Irish and Irish-American history at the University. In completing her Ph.D. she wrote about Irish and German immigrants in New York in the 20th century, and she also holds a Master's Degree from UCD.

"I am very excited to be a part of an organization that collects and celebrates our common culture."

Elizabeth will now be responsible for all of the museum's operations. Almost a quarter of the region claims Irish heritage, making it is the largest ethnic heritage group in the area.

In a separate interview with the Irish Echo, Ms Stack said she hopes to extend the museum's activities beyond Albany.

The facility opened in 1990 and hosts historical exhibits, while also providing; lectures; genealogy sessions; music evenings; lectures; cultural, educational and artistic events; and more besides.