Highland Brewing Company, a craft brewery in Asheville, North Carolina, created this cloth face mask during the COVID-19 pandemic. The front of the face mask features the brewery's logo. The reverse of the mask features a Scottish tartan design, a reference to the Scottish and Irish immigrants who settled in western North Carolina in the late 1700s and early 1800s. The brewery's name - Highland - references these same groups.

Oscar Wong, who immigrated to the U.S. from Jamaica to study engineering and later retired in Asheville, founded Highland Brewing Co. in 1994. The business initiated a surge in microbreweries in the area. When Wong retired from the brewery, Leah Ashburn, Wong's daughter, became the brewery's family owner, president, and CEO. Gaelic Ale, an American Amber Ale, is the brewery's flagship beer.

Date Made: ca 20202020

Place Made: United States: North Carolina, Asheville

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Credit Line: Gift of Highland Brewing Company through Leah Ashburn

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2021.0108.04Accession Number: 2021.0108Catalog Number: 2021.0108.04

Object Name: mask

Physical Description: textile (overall material)Measurements: overall: 9 cm x 21 cm x 2 cm; 3 17/32 in x 8 9/32 in x 25/32 in


Record Id: nmah_2009319

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