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When Irish American eyes are smilin'

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This is a collection of objects, from the National Museum of American History, that were selected by museum staff for what they reveal about the Irish American experience.

The manager of Museum Advisory Committees in the museum's Office of External Affairs, Daniel Gifford is a scholar of holidays (see his post on Thanksgiving cartoons) and the history of vacationing in America. Timothy Winkle is the deputy chair and curator in the Division of Home and Community Life. Eric Jentsch is the deputy chair and curator in the Division of Culture and the Arts. Christy Wallover is a project assistant in the Division of Armed Forces History.

sound recording: When Irish Eyes Are Smiling; Macushla

National Museum of American History

When Irish American eyes are smilin'

National Museum of American History

Hibernia Fire Company Fire Hat

National Museum of American History

Presentation Trumpet, "Hibernia Fire Company"

National Museum of American History

Fire Engine Plate, "Hibernia"

National Museum of American History

Fire Helmet, "Asst. Chief Engineer F. W. K."

National Museum of American History

Zouave Fez

National Museum of American History