As every Scrantonian knows, the big excitement in town this weekend is Parade Day. Whether you’re planning to watch the parade or stay home and avoid the crowds, it’s also a nice weekend to reflect on St. Patrick and the history and traditions of Ireland.
Here in the Weinberg Memorial Library, we have several biographies of St. Patrick as well as the texts of his two surviving writings – the Confessio and the Epistola ad milites Corotici. And of course we have a lot of resources on Ireland, including some great films and media resources. You can also find a lot of interesting articles about St. Patrick, Irish history and culture, and the history of St. Patrick’s Day by searching our Academic Search Elite, America: History and Life, and ProQuest Central databases.
There are also some great resources out there on the web. Take a few minutes to check out:
- Lots of great resources on Irish American history in the Library of Congress’s American Memory collection
- Irish History Online, a bibliography of Irish history hosted by the Royal Irish Academy Library
- Genealogical resources from the National Archives of Ireland
- Historic maps of Ireland from Ordnance Survey Ireland
- Resources about and photographs of Ireland from National Geographic
- Digitized sound recordings and printed music from the The Irish Traditional Music Archive
- Traditional Irish recipes on allrecipes.com
- History of St. Patrick’s Day on history.com