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The 2009 Ballykilcline Society Reunion:
The Archaeology of Texas Maryland
June 19 through June 21, 2009
The Ballykilcline Society would like to thank
the Friends of Texas Maryland, the Historical Society, Hightopps Backstage Grille, and The Still
for their generous support of our 2009 Reunion.
The Friends of Texas Maryland
Here are some pictures taken during the events on Saturday June 20th that were held at the Historical Society of Baltimore County's beautiful facilities in the Almshouse in what used to be called Texas.
q On Friday, following a tasty box lunch prepared by Hightopps Backstage Grille, attendees participated in the ongoing dig in Texas Maryland behind the site of the former McDermott's tavern. Following dinner at The Still, Derek Warfield's performance was phenomenal! Then on Saturday:
q Dr. Stephen Brighton discussed the relationship between the archaeology of Ballykilcline/Roscommon/Ireland & Texas/Maryland/USA, as well as the goals and findings (so far) of the Texas Maryland Archaeology Project.
q Peter Duffy spoke about his book The Killing of Major Denis Mahon. Duffy talked about his research on the man who was the landlord in Ireland for many of the Irish immigrants, from Strokestown and Ballykilcline in Roscommon/Ireland, who settled Texas Maryland in the mid 1800s.
q Mary Lee Dunn is the author of Ballykilcline Rising: Famine Ireland to Immigrant America. She talked about the research for her book, and how it lead her to connect Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's ancestors to Ballykilcline and Rutland Vermont,. She also spoke about the research directions that the Ballykilcline Society is currently taking which will be discussed in an upcoming Bonfire article (the newsletter for members of The Ballykilcline Society).
q Cassie Kilroy Thompson, President of the Ballykilcline Society and Founder of the Friends of Texas Maryland, briefly discussed her ongoing historical research on the families and history of Texas Maryland.
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