The Dreamland Auditorium in San Francisco, capacity 8,000, which Hanna filled for the second time today, 16th July, 100 years ago.
Micheline’s tour of the US following her grandmother Hanna’s historic tour 100 years ago now has an outline itinerary, shown below. Invites have come in from universities, historical societies, Irish American centres and feminist organisations. Their generous offers of financial support are enough to cover all of Micheline’s own costs. The crowd funding to film key sections of the tour has also gone well, with more than half the €21,000 raised from over 130 donations. However, as there were only 7 days left to reach the target – or forfeit all the pledges and get nothing – Joanna McMinn, who is organising the project, has extended the period by the maximum that Indiegogo allows – another 25 days.
Micheline departs – sailing to New York as her grandmother did – on Aug 30th. She has had to pay for the flights and accommodation to film the first section of the tour: through New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. That means we need to find the remaining €9,500 to be able to pay her back as well as to ensure filming in Chicago and the West Coast. Can you help or can you share Hanna and Me – Passing on the Flame with any feminist networks or friends who might be sympathetic?
Micheline will accept further invitations to speak or media interviews, provided they work with this schedule and are for towns and cities Hanna visited. She will particularly welcome invites from Irish American societies, feminist organisations and alumni or other organisations associated with NUI Galway. Please contact the hannasUStour facebook page. Or write to firstname.lastname@example.org. Further details will appear on the facebook page nearer the time.
You can find out more and donate to the film project here.