Irish

 Rockford's Mulligan Guard                                           NewExhibit Opens February 2015


In 2015 the Irish Gallery of the Ethnic Heritage Museum is commemorating the 150th anniversary of the end of the service of Rockford's "Mulligan Guards" in the Civil War.  The "Mulligan Guards" was Company A of the 90th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, nick named the "Irish Legion". The group was mainly formed from immigrants who had come in the wave of Irish immigrants following the Irish Potato Famine. 

Visitors can see the history of this Legion Group in the Irish Gallery on Sundays from 2-4 p.m. Weekly tours can be scheduled for groups interested in further study by contacting the museum. Noted Civil War Historian Terry Dyer has contributed his expertise and artifacts to this exhibit. Board member Lynell Cannell has masterfully assembled historical data into manuscripts for further inquiry and study.