The exhibit Ireland 1918: A Window on the World was curated by students enrolled in HIST 5507: Making History Public, a research and exhibition seminar, at Boston College in Spring 2018. The course was taught by Oliver Rafferty, S.J. This companion website presents interactive timelines displayed on iPad stands throughout the physical exhibit mounted in Stokes Hall. Making History Public is a collaboration of the History Department and Boston College Libraries.


This exhibit would have been impossible to mount without the help, expertise and financial assistance of a number of departments and individuals at Boston College. Special thanks therefore to:

Sarah Ross and Colleen O’Reilly of the History Department. From the O’Neill Library Chelcie Rowell’s contribution went well beyond the demands of duty, and Christopher Houston-Ponchak skillfully prepared each panel. Katherine Fox, Kathleen Williams, and Amy Braitsch from the Burns Library assisted in numerous ways. From the McMullen Museum Diana Larsen conducted a class on how to “hang” an exhibit; she and Haley Carey helped to mount the presentation. Professors Marjorie Howes and Joseph Nugent from the English Department gave much needed advice on Modernism. In addition to subvention from the History Department financial support was generously granted by the Institute for the Liberal Arts; Professor Mary Crane and Susan Dunn were especially helpful. Christopher Soldt of Media Technology Services ingeniously photographed the class portrait. Brendan Ashe was the Research Assistant. Wills Singley, Sean Barry and Anthony Smith dismounted the previous exhibit to make way for the current Making History Public project.

Finally the National Library of Ireland, Dublin and the Imperial War Museum, London responded with admirable forbearance to prolonged and importunate demands made upon their staff. Ms. Bernie Metcalfe in Dublin and Mr. Sebastian Wainwright in London deserve particular mention.