Upcoming Meetings:
Sunday, January 25th, at 5:00PM - Author and historian David Hertzel
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will speak about his new book Rough Weather All Day
 An Account of the Jeannette Search Expedition by Patrick Cahill. This book concerns the life of an Irish-born seaman, Patrick Cahill, who served on board the U.S.S. Rodgers which left San Francisco in June 1881 to go in search of the missing Arctic exploration ship Jeannette.  5.00pm at the UICC  St Francis Room.

The Irish Literary & Historical Society is pleased to present as guest speaker Mr. David Hirzel at our meeting on Sunday, January 25th, at 5:00PM at the United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Avenue, in San Francisco.  Mr. Hirzel is an Author and Historian with the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.  He will discuss his new book titled Rough Weather All Day: An Account of the Jeannette Search Expedition by Patrick Cahill.

This book concerns the life of an Irish-born seaman, Patrick Cahill, who served on board the U.S.S. Rodgers which left San Francisco in June 1881 to go in search of the missing Arctic exploration ship Jeannette.  (The voyage of the Jeannette is the subject of a best-selling book titled In the Kingdom of Ice.)  Cahill kept a daily log as Machinist's Mate on board the USS Rodgers during the year of that expedition, beginning with her fitting out at Mare Island, through her journey through the polar ice, her shipwreck on the shores of Siberia, and Cahill's return to San Francisco. 
Cahill was a shrewd observer of his shipmates and later of the Chuchki people with whom they stayed after their ship burned.  This was probably the first such accounting of the intimate details of life on the edge with this Inuit culture.  Cahill became a prominent businessman in Oakland after his return, and his descendents live in the area to the present day. 

David Hirzel has made a lifelong study of the first-person and other accounts of the ‘heroic age’ of Antarctic exploration, beginning with Alfred Lansing’s Shackleton's Incredible Voyage in 1961.  He is a lecturer and maritime historian, and serves as head of the Living History program at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, where he brings to life the great stories of the Arctic and Antarctic explorations. This event is free for ILHS members, $5 suggested donation for visitors.


Save the Date - Annual Banquet - Sunday March 8, 2015.
Saint Patrick Ballroom at the United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94116.  6pm no-host cocktail hour, 7pm Dinner and entertainment.  Deadline March 1st, advance purchase only. Please contact Eileen Kivlehan (415) 681-2078. Please mail checks payable to ILHS to Eileen Kivlehan 1494 7th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122

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    The Irish Literary & Historical Society (ILHS) of the San Francisco Bay Area provides an open, nonsectarian, and nonpolitical forum for the presentation and discussion of Irish and Irish-American culture. The ILHS hosts a speaker series at which invited speakers explore Irish arts, literature, history, society, and culture. In March, the Society hosts its annual St. Patrick’s Banquet, featuring a guest speaker and an evening of Irish music, song, and poetry.More


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