August 15-18, 2019

August 15-18, 2019

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Ward Irish Music Archives Exhibits

Fulfilling it's role as the year-round educational arm of Milwaukee Irish Fest, the Ward Irish Music Archives has developed several physical and online exhibits that explore a number of Irish music topics. These exhibits are often featured at several festivals and events across the United States each season.

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Irish American Hall of History

Irish American Hall of History

Celebrating the history of Irish and Irish Americans in American Entertainment


When Johnny Comes Marching Home: The Irish in the American Civil War

When Johnny Comes Marching Home

This Ward Irish Music Archives exhibit explores the Irish in the American Civil War, told through music, stories, and biographies.


The Irish In Film

The Irish In Film

The Ward Irish Music Archives presents its exhibit The Irish in Film, examining the Irish and Irish American contribution to the art of film.


History of Irish Rock Music Exhibit - Ward Irish Music Archives

History of Irish Rock Music

WIMA's History of Irish Rock Music exhibit examines through displays and artifacts the development of rock music in Ireland.


Casey at the Bat: The Irish in Baseball Exhibit

Casey at the Bat

WIMA's Casey at the Bat: The Irish in Baseball exhibit uses photos, baseball cards and sheet music from the Library of Congress and the Ward Irish Music Archives collections to document the contribution the Irish and Irish Americans made to our national pastime.


The Fighting Irish Exhibit - Ward Irish Music Archives

The Fighting Irish

WIMA's The Fighting Irish exhibit takes a look at all the Irish and Irish Americans that made the sport of boxing so popular in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.


Come Back To Erin Exhibit

Postcards from the 1916 Irish Rebellion

This exhibit presented by the Ward Irish Music Archives, Milwaukee Irish Fest is taken from more than 140 postcards covering the 1916 Irish Rebellion found in the Bob Burke Postcard Collection.


Our traveling exhibits include:

  • John McCormack: Great Irish Tenor
  • George M. Cohan: Irish-American composer and song and dance man
  • Bing Crosby: America's most popular entertainer of the twentieth century
  • History of Irish Rock Music
  • History of Irish Traditional Music
  • Music of the University of Notre Dame
  • 75 Years of RTE (Radio Television Erin)
  • Come Back to Erin: Irish Travel Posters of the Twentieth Century
  • Irish American Song Stories: An Exhibition of Irish American Sheet Music, 1850-1950
  • Irish American Entertainment Hall of History
  • The Irish in Film
  • Irish Railways: 1834-2001
  • Spencer Tracy & Pat O'Brien "Two Guys From Milwaukee"
  • A Celebration of Irish American Women
  • Remembering Tommy Makem

Our exhibits have been featured at:

  • Bing Crosby Centenial, Gonzaga University, 2003, Spokane, WA
  • Hofstra University, Bing Crosby Conference, 2003, NY
  • Cleveland Irish Cultural Festival, OH
  • Dublin Irish Fest, Dublin, OH
  • Irish Fair Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
  • Milwaukee Irish Fest, WI
  • Maryland Irish Fair, MD
  • Missouri River Irish Fest, St. Charles, MO
  • Sprecher Brewery, Milwaukee, WI
  • Kansas City Irish Fest, Kansas City, MO
  • La Crosse Irish Fest, WI
  • Chicago Gaelic Park Irish Fest, IL
  • Celtic Fling, Manheim, PA
  • Memphis in May, TN
  • Erin Fest, Peoria, IL
  • Colorado Irish Festival, Littleton, CO
  • Irish Cultural & Heritage Center, Milwaukee, WI
  • Celtic Night for Literacy, Racine, WI
  • Wauwatosa Public Library, WI
  • Oshkosh Irish Fest, WI
  • Los Angeles County Irish Fair & Music Festival, Los Angeles, CA
  • Michigan Irish Music Festival, Muskegon, MI
  • Dubuque Irish Hooley, Dubuque, IA
  • Celtic Fest, Chicago, IL
  • Gaelic Park Irish Fest, Chicago, IL
  • Fort Collins Irish Fest, Fort Collins, CO

If you are interested in learning more about the archives and discussing use of one of our exhibits at your event, please, e-mail the Ward Irish Music Archives at or contact us at:

Ward Irish Music Archives
1532 Wauwatosa Ave.
Wauwatosa, WI 53213
Phone: (414) 476-8999

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