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Dublin Volunteers on College Green, Dublin by Francis Wheatley, 1779. (Alex Good/Wikimedia Commons)

Rare manuscript detailing the Irish Rebellion of 1798 discovered

Last Spring, Kenneth J. Olson, president and CEO of Period Americana, acquired an original manuscript being a first hand account of the Irish Rebellion of 1798. Written in 1856 by the esteemed Baltimore artist Francis Blackwell Mayer, the manuscript is an interview with Mayer's Aunt Flora Caldwell who lived through the uprising of the United Irishmen and ultimately was forced to flee Ireland forever along with her entire family, 

October 12 marks the 220th anniversary of the end of the Rebellion. To coincide with this anniversary, The Journal of the American Revolution recently published an excerpt from the manuscript the entirety of which is due for publication in October.

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History repeats itself

Period Americana was founded by Kenneth Olson. Since the early 1980s, he has placed some of America's finest historical artifacts into the collections of individuals, local historical societies, museums and institutions. Today, Period Americana and its team of relic hunters comb the barns and attics of America to rescue artifacts, relics, letters, diaries and photographs that document America's rich history.

We are members of the Ephemera Society of America and The Center for Civil War Photography.

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