From Here to the Whitehouse



Altmore, Aughnacloy, Ballymoney, Belfast, Carrickfergus, Lough Neagh, Omagh, Strabane, Ulster American Folk Park





13min 54sec







Digitised as part of the BFI's Unlocking Film Heritage project


British Film Institute, National Museums Northern Ireland, Tourism NI

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From Here... to the White House traces the links between the north of Ireland and America, not least the fact that some 17 American Presidents have an intangible connection to Ulster. More widely, the film tells the story of the quarter of a million Ulster Scots who emigrated to America in the 18th century - the lives they left behind and their hopes of making a home in the new world. Now a generation has returned to Ulster in search of their roots.


The 250,000 Presbyterian Ulstermen who left for America in the 18th Century played a pivotal role in shaping the society and pioneer spirit of the fledgling nation. Neil Armstrong - whose forebears hailed from County Fermanagh - is just one of the many Americans whose ancestral roots lie in Northern Ireland. The exhibits at the Ulster Folk Museum and the Ulster American Folk Park provide insights into everyday life in the North of Ireland in the 18th century and conditions for those making the journey to America.

Shot List

Includes an interview with Kathleen Neill, founder of the Irish Genealogical Association, which helps trace family roots.


Presented by Brian Redhead

Directed by Charles Davies

Camera work by Rafi Rafaeli

Produced by Peter Bradford

Script/ Adaptation by  Brian Redhead

Editing by Charles Davies

Cast by Sean MacBride 

Production Company - World Wide Pictures 

Sponsor - Northern Ireland Tourist Board 



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