Local people who made an impact

THE second talk in Ballymoney Borough Arts Committee’s local history talks series with popular historian S Alex Blair takes place tomorrow (Wednesday 27 February).

This series features local people who made an impact and this month Mr Blair focuses on North Antrim’s Impact on the USA.

It was said at one point in the last century that there were more Ballymoney people in Philadelphia than in Ballymoney. Certainly there was a constant flow of people to the USA, even as early as the 18th century, and their impact on this new land was considerable.

This talk will outline the story of some of those who went and the families they established there. It is an heroic story of frontiersmen who settled to become leaders and people of influence in American life, amongst them two presidents, one Vice-President, ambassadors, army generals, leaders in commerce, writers and clergymen.

The final talk in the series, Those Who Stayed at Home, takes place on Wednesday 27 March. Both talks take place at 8pm in Ballymoney Town Hall. Admission £2 includes refreshments.

This month’s talk is a Cultural Crossings event and is promoted by the Provost of the Coleraine Campus, University of Ulster, in partnership with Causeway Coast Arts. To request a brochure listing the full programme, please contact Ballymoney Town Hall 028 2766 0230.