Hosted by the Ulster Historical Foundation and the Ministerial Advisory Group (MAG) Ulster-Scots Academy, the event will run from 9am to 4:30pm and will explore the connections between Ulster and North America across a broad range of themes including history, music, religion, commerce and the migration experience.
In addition to music, there's a great schedule of talks designed to demonstrate the contribution of Ulster migrants to the development of North American society.
Here's the line-up:
- Ulster and the American South – A driven impulse, 1800–50, with Dr Francis Costello
- Aghadowey, 1718 and the beginning of emigration; In 2018, should we celebrate or commemorate? with Dr Linde Lunney
- Ancestral homes and family history: the case of the Mellons of Tyrone and Pennsylvania, with Dr Brian Lambkin
- ‘The gentle and thoughtful Scotch Irish’ – their contribution to civilisation rather than bloody Empire creation, with Alister McReynolds
- ‘How Sweet The Sound’ – Hymns and hymnwriters from Ulster and North America, with Mark Thompson
- Whose Diaspora? Whose migration? Northern Ireland’s overseas connections since the 1920s, with Dr Johanne Devlin Trew
- Ulster and America – making family history connections, with Gillian Hunt
- ‘An American Dream’ – a song of Emigration to the New World, with Colin Magee
- The Enduring connection – Ulster migration to British North America and the emergence of Toronto, the Belfast of Canada, with Prof William J Smyth
Venue: Discover Ulster-Scots Centre, Corn Exchange Building, 1–9 Victoria Street, Belfast