About the Society

The American Irish Historical Society is a center of Irish culture and knowledge located in New York City.  You are very welcome to attend our events, conduct research in our library, and help support our mission. In continuous operation since 1897, the Society has been non-partisan and non-sectarian since its inception. The Society welcomes new members and is pleased to make its library and select events open to the public.

Library & Archives

The library and archives of the Society house a wide variety of rare books, newspapers, and artifacts from the 17th century to the present.

Cultural Events

The Society is host to cultural events such as concerts, plays, readings, lectures, exhibitions, and films.


The Society is an elegant venue with an intimate setting. Click here to learn more about hosting your event at the Society.

Notable Past Members

Theodore Roosevelt
Theodore RooseveltPresident
William Bourke Cockran
William Bourke CockranPolitician
George M. Cohan
George M. CohanComposer
John McCormack
John McCormackTenor

Board Members

President- Maureen S. Bateman
President Emeritus- Kevin M. Cahill, M.D.
Vice President for Facilities and Legal Affairs- Michael J. Kelly
Vice President for External Affairs- Guy L. Smith
Treasurer- Kevin M. Cahill, Esq.
Secretary- John Lilly
Executive Council
James Doyle
John D. Feerick
John P. Harrington
Cornelius V. McGinity
Thomas A. Moore
The offices of the American Irish Historical Society can be reached at 212-288-2263 or aihs@aihs.org