Wisconsin Veterans Museum | Events

The museum sponsors events and programs throughout the year, most of which are free. Please check this page regularly for updates.

Did you miss a program at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum? Visit our YouTube and Vimeo channels to watch our award-winning programs or find links to select past events here.

12th Annual Golf Outing

Date: July 11, 2016
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Location: The Oaks Golf Course
City: Madison

SOLD OUT

The 12th annual Wisconsin Veterans Museum golf outing, is scheduled for Monday, July 11, 2016. The event will take place at the beautiful course at The Oaks Golf Course in Cottage Grove.

The fee for individual golfers is $95 before June 10th and $125.00 after June 10th. Price includes green fees, cart with GPS, range balls, tee gifts, lunch and a heavy hors d' eourves reception following golf. Register online by clicking here.

All proceeds from this event support educational programs and exhibits at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum.

 WE NEED YOUR HELP! We currently are seeking sponsors and prize drawing donations. View the downloadable form below for information. If you are interested, contact Eileen Newcomer at eileen.newcomer@wvmfoundation.com or (608) 261-0536.

All proceeds from this event support educational programs and exhibits at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum.

ART AT THE MUSEUM: WVM PAPER WORKSHOP

Date: July 7, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: 30 W. Mifflin S
City: Madison

 Register here!

Guest artist, Drew Matott uses the ancient tradition of hand papermaking as a vehicle for personal expression and cultural change with veterans. Come learn about the Veterans Paper Project and participate in a hands-on papermaking workshop using military uniforms. Light refreshments will be provided.  

 
Advance registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact Erin Hoag, Education Specialist, at 608-264-7663, or email visitor.curator@dva.wisconsin.gov.

SPARK!

Date: July 7, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: 30 W. Mifflin St
City: Madison

*Free event, registration is required*

SPARK! Cultural Programming for People with Memory Loss is a new program being held at museums and arts organizations throughout the state. 90-minute program sessions will tap into the pasts of those suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia. Participants will explore the WVM collections to create meaningful experiences in a welcoming and stimulating environment. 

 

 

 

WVM PAPER WORKSHOP ON STATE

Date: July 6, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: 30 W. Mifflin St
City: Madison

Peace Paper Project is an international community-arts initiative that utilizes paper making as a form of trauma therapy, social engagement, and community activism. Veteran Paper Workshop provides veterans with a platform to share their stories.

Guest artist Drew Matott uses the ancient tradition of hand papermaking as a vehicle for personal expression and cultural change. The portable studio model is the cornerstone of the Project and we’re taking it to the streets! Pedestrians are invited to become participants in the papermaking process. No registration is required.

To learn more about this project, visit the webpage here: Paper Project.

 

SPARK!

Date: July 5, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: 30 W. Mifflin St
City: Madison
*FREE event, registration is required*

SPARK! Cultural Programming for People with Memory Loss is a new program being held at museums and arts organizations throughout the state. 90-minute program sessions will tap into the pasts of those suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia. Participants will explore the WVM collections to create meaningful experiences in a welcoming and stimulating environment. 

 

SPARK!

Date: June 14, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: 30 W. Mifflin St
City: Madison
*Free event, registration is required*

SPARK! Cultural Programming for People with Memory Loss is a new program being held at museums and arts organizations throughout the state. 90-minute program sessions will tap into the pasts of those suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia. Participants will explore the WVM collections to create meaningful experiences in a welcoming and stimulating environment.

 

This month, participants will meet in the Research Center on the 3rd floor to look at images from our collection and participate in informal discussion, conversation and observation.

 

SPARK!

Date: May 10, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: 30 W. Mifflin St
City: Madison

*FREE event, registration is required*

SPARK! Cultural Programming for People with Memory Loss is a new program being held at museums and arts organizations throughout the state. 90-minute program sessions will tap into the pasts of those suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia. Participants will explore the WVM collections to create meaningful experiences in a welcoming and stimulating environment.

 

This month, participants will look at artifacts from the museum teaching collection and participate in an informal discussion about important objects in our lives.

SPRING GALLERY NIGHT

Date: May 6, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: 30 W. Mifflin S
City: Madison

Join us the evening of May 6, from 5-9 PM as we participate in Madison's Gallery Night presented by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Explore the museum and make sure to check out our exhibit WAR : RAW Healing Military Trauma Through Expressive Art for the last time during Gallery Night. WAR: RAW is open to the public until May 8, 2016.

 

MESS NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: THE ENEMY AT HOME

Date: May 5, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: 30 W. Mifflin St
City: Madison

ADVANCED REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

Register here

 

Quarterly dinner lecture event. Every MESS NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM will feature a new speaker, topic, dinner, beverages (alcoholic drinks available at a cash bar), and time to socialize before and after the talk. Join us as we transform this historic naval tradition into our own. Registration is required.

Join Cora Lee Kluge, Co-Director of the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies, as she explores both the illiberalism and intolerance experienced by German Americans in the World War I era (especially in Wisconsin), and also their thoughts about and reactions to the hostile environment in which they found themselves.

Menu:

Apple Stuffed Pork Loin with Cider Cream Sauce
Garden salad and assorted dressings
braised red cabbage
roasted redskin potatoes
rolls and butter

 

Registration/Cancellation deadline: Thursday, April 28, 2016

CANCELLED: ON TERRORISM: LEARNING FROM THE HISTORY OF THE UNTHINKABLE

Date: April 28, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: 30 W. Mifflin S
City: Madison

CANCELLED

Due to a personal emergency, Professor Lynn's Distinguished Lecture event on April 28th is cancelled. We hope to reschedule his lecture in the future.

Distinguished Lecture Series Event

 

John Lynn, Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Professor Lynn will explore the history of terrorism and the impact of terrorism on society.

SPARK!

Date: April 12, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: 30 W. Mifflin St
City: Madison

*Registration is required*

 

SPARK! Cultural Programming for People with Memory Loss is a new program being held at museums and arts organizations throughout the state. 90-minute program sessions will tap into the pasts of those suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia. Participants will explore the WVM collections to create meaningful experiences in a welcoming and stimulating environment.

 

This month, participants will look at artifacts from the museum teaching collection and participate in an informal discussion about important objects in our lives.  

SELLING WAR: TRUTH, LIES, AND 'PROGRESS' IN THE VIETNAM WAR

Date: March 17, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: 30 W. Mifflin St
City: Madison

In 1984, less than a decade after the fall of Saigon, journalist David Halberstam claimed “the American military apparatus in Vietnam [was] a vast lying machine, telling Washington what Washington wanted to hear and insisted upon hearing. The purpose of this lying machine was to propagandize our alleged progress in the war and to convince Congress and the American public to support the war.”


But were senior war managers acting unethically by publicly highlighting the positive aspects of American strategy in Vietnam to minimize the war’s political costs? Were they violating the public trust? This presentation explores the “conversation gap” between official backchannel messages and public pronouncements of progress in the critical year before the 1968 Tet offensive.

Professor Gregory Daddis is an Associate Professor of History and Director of the MA Program in War and Society at Chapman University.

 Distinguished Lecture Series event.

SPARK!

Date: March 8, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: 30 W. Mifflin St
City: Madison

*Registration is required*

SPARK! Cultural Programming for People with Memory Loss is a new program being held at museums and arts organizations throughout the state. 90-minute program sessions will tap into the pasts of those suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia. Participants will explore the WVM collections to create meaningful experiences in a welcoming and stimulating environment.

 

This month, participants will meet in the WAR RAW gallery of the museum to look at a piece created by a Wisconsin Veteran. There will be informal discussion, conversation and observation in the gallery.

MESS NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: WAR ON THE GREAT LAKES

Date: January 28, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: 30 W. Mifflin St
City: Madison

REGISTER HERE: MESS NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: WAR ON THE GREAT LAKES

***Registration is required***

The Wisconsin Veterans Museum is excited to take this formal military tradition and make it our own. Each quarter MESS NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM will feature a different speaker, topic, and dining menu for guest to experience during this new event. Your fee includes dinner, drinks (alcoholic beverages available at a cash bar), and time to socialize before and after the dinner and talk. Menus for each event will be posted on our events page as they become available, and dietary restrictions or preferences should be disclosed on the registration form.

Presenter: Frederick Stonehouse, author

To most people the Great Lakes are a special place. While the gales of November can turn them into a hurricane-spawned hell, in terms of human conflict, they are thought to be calm and tranquil. This is an illusion. In reality there were numerous times on the Lakes when the dark side emerged, blood colored the water, and gun smoke rolled slowly across the waves.

SPRING EVENTS

Date: January 20 - May 3, 2016
Location: 30 W. Mifflin S
City: Madison

Opening Nov. 20th, RECOGNIZING THE HMONG: THE SECRET WAR IN LAOS

Date: November 20, 2015
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison

WAR : RAW

HEALING MILITARY TRAUMA THROUGH EXPRESSIVE ART  

The exhibit shines a light on the healing process of veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) through the use of expressive art therapy. 

The Wisconsin Veterans Museum invites you to explore the unforgettable art created by Wisconsin veterans coping with PTSD and TBI. The 59 unique pieces, including paper, canvas paintings, mosaics, quilts, and sculpture, offer a window into the artists' worlds and provide a deeper understanding of the grief and trauma these men and women live with each day.

The featured art is created by Wisconsin veterans as part of the Artist for the Humanities (A4TH.org) Return and Recovery Program for Military Veterans.  The Return and Recovery Program combines the use of expressive art therapy with mental health counseling to help veterans suffering from the adverse effects of military service to our country. The free program has served more than 2,000 Wisconsin veterans and family members to date. 


"PTSD feels like getting hit with a 500 lb. bomb

with nothing but an umbrella to stop it."

   - PROGRAM PARTICIPANT

- See more at: /events/?ID=120#sthash.JChNeuvm.dpuf

Opening Nov. 20th

An addition to the Vietnam exhibit

RECOGNIZING THE HMONG: THE SECRET WAR IN LAOS

 

The addition to the Vietnam exhibit highlights the contributions of Wisconsin's Hmong citizens in the Vietnam War through digital presentations of oral histories of Hmong and US veterans.

AFGHANISTAN/WISCONSIN VERBATIM THEATRE PROJECT

Date: November 18, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location: 30 W. Mifflin St
City: MADISON

This play features true stories and memories based on interviews with the veterans of America's longest war, Afghanistan/Wisconsin seeks to bridge the gap between veteran and non-veteran communities. From enlistment to homecoming, these real experiences serve to highlight the complexity, diversity, and permanence of what it means to be a member of the United States military.  For more information, see: CarthageTheatre.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABANDONED IN HELL: THE FIGHT FOR VIETNAM'S FIREBASE KATE

Date: November 12, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: 30 W. Mifflin St
City: Madison
A Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemorative Event.

 

Presenter: William Albracht, Author & Veteran

Author and Veteran William Albracht will give a presentation on his book, "Abandoned in Hell, the Fight for Firebase Kate." In October 1969, Captain William Albracht, the youngest Green Beret captain in Vietnam, took command of a remote hilltop outpost called Fire Base Kate, held by only 27 American soldiers and 150 Montagnard militiamen. He found their defenses woefully unprepared. At dawn the next morning, three North Vietnamese Army Regiments-some 6,000 men-crossed the Cambodian border and attacked. After five days, Kate's defenders were out of ammo and water. Aerial resupply was suicidal, and reinforcements were denied by military commanders who had written off Kate. Albracht refused to surrender or die in place. He led his troops, including many wounded, off the hill and on a daring night march through enemy lines.

 

OPERATION WELCOME HOME VETERANS DAY CEREMONY AT THE WISCONSIN STATE CAPITOL

Date: November 11, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Wisconsin State Capitol, Capitol Rotunda
City: Madison

A Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemorative Event.

Learn more at WisVets.com

PTSD AND THE VETERAN EXPERIENCE

Date: October 29, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison

Presenters: Dr. Tim Juergens, Director of Comprehensive Sleep Program at William S. Middleton Memorial Hospital and clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at UW School of Medicine and Public Health.

Dr. Michael Messina, PhD, Director of PTSD Clinical team and Chief of Psychology at William S. Middleton Memorial Hospital.

 

Distinguished Lecture Series Event 

Dr. Tim Juergens and Dr. Michael Messina will discuss the impact of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on veterans. This event is part of the Distinguished Lecture Series at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum.

 

Downtown Madison Family Halloween

Date: October 28, 2015
Time: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Wisconsin Veterans Museum 30 W. Mifflin Street
City: Madison

 


The Wisconsin Veterans Museum is a participating location for Downtown Madison Family Halloween.  Stop by and TRICK OR TREAT at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum and enjoy family Halloween activities on State Street and Capitol Square. 

Halloween fun for families and kids 12 & under.

 

DICKEY CHAPELLE UNDER FIRE

Date: October 24, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison
A Wisconsin Book Festival & WDVA Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemorative Series Event at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum

Presenter: John Garofolo, Author & Veteran 

 

Author and veteran John Garofolo will give a presentation about award-winning female war photographer and Wisconsin native Dickey Chapelle, the subject of his book “Dickey Chapelle under Fire.” Chapelle photographed conflict in World War II, Cuba and Hungary before becoming the first American female war correspondent killed while covering combat in Vietnam. 

In Dickey Chapelle Under Fire, the American public can see the world through Dickey's lens for the first time in almost fifty years, with a foreword by Jackie Spinner, former war correspondent for The Washington Post.

 

 

 John Garofolo is a former entertainment industry executive and veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. A commander in the US Coast Guard Reserve, he has more than twenty-five years of active and reserve military service and taught at the Coast Guard Academy. Thanks to a grant from the Brico Fund through the Milwaukee Press Endowment, he has written a stage adaptation of Dickey Chapelle's life. John earned a PhD from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts and lives with his wife and daughter in Southern California.

WISCONSIN SCIENCE FESTIVAL

Date: October 23-24, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: 30 W. Mifflin St
City: MADISON

 

Join us Friday, October 23, 10 AM - 2 PM, and Saturday, October 24, 10 AM - 2 PM,  at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum to learn about science in the unexpected. Find out why certain airplanes are better for speed while others are better for transportation. Learn how mirrors help submariners see to the surface. Discover the relationship between vertical height and angle of launch for hitting targets. All of these activities and more will be set up in the galleries for you to try out. 

CIVIL WAR AFTERMATHS: UNION VETERANS IN GILDED AGE WISCONSIN

Date: October 15, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison

Presenter: Dr. James Marten, Author, Professor and Chair of the History Department at Marquette University.

 

Distinguished Lecture Series & Book Signing

 

There were many aftermaths for Civil War veterans in Wisconsin and through the United States. Although most probably managed fairly smooth transitions back to lives, many were unable to fit gracefully into postwar society. This talk will suggest some of the issues–medical, financial, political, even cultural–that challenged the men who had fought for the Union.

 

TALKING SPIRITS CEMETERY TOUR XVII

Date: October 11, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Forest Cemetery Tour XVII
City: Madison

Time: Tours leave every 20-minute from 12:00-4:00 PM

 

Join us on Sunday, October 11th for the Seventeenth Annual Talking Spirits Cemetery Tour held at Forest Hill Cemetery in Madison. On this 90-minute walking tour, local actors portray the contributions of Wisconsin Civil War soldiers and citizens buried at Forest Hill Cemetery.


Admission: $5.00 (Adult) $3.00 (Children)


FALL GALLERY NIGHT

Date: October 2, 2015
Time: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: 30 W. Mifflin St
City: MADISON
Join us the evening of October 2nd from 5-9 PM as we participate in the 27th Anniversary of Madison's Gallery Night presented by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Explore the museum and visit the new exhibit WAR : RAW Healing Military Trauma Through Expressive Art. 

FALL CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Date: October 1, 2015
Location: 30 W. Mifflin St
City: MADISON

The Wisconsin Veterans Museum has a number of interesting programs planned this fall. Programs are located at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum’s 2nd Floor Education Center, 30 West Mifflin St., Madison, unless otherwise noted. The Wisconsin Veterans Museum is an educational activity of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs. Events are free unless otherwise noted.

*Several event updates were made since the mailed version, please reference this calendar or website for updated information*

FALL CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Date: October 1, 2015
Location: 30 W. Mifflin St
City: MADISON

FALL CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Date: October 1 - November 20, 2015
Location: 30 W. Mifflin St
City: MADISON

The Wisconsin Veterans Museum has a number of interesting programs planned this fall. Programs are located at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin St., Madison, unless otherwise noted. The Wisconsin Veterans Museum is an educational activity of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs. Events are free unless otherwise noted.

*Several event updates were made since the mailed version, please reference this calendar or website for updated information*

THE WISCONSIN VETERANS MUSEUM AT INDIAN SUMMER FESTIVAL 2015

Date: September 11-12, 2015
Location: 200 N Harbor Drive
City: Milwaukee

 

Stop by our Wisconsin Veterans Museum booth and learn more about Wisconsin Veterans, Corporal Mitchell Red Cloud and Corporal Edward DeNomie.  Our Reference Archivist, Russ Horton and Collections Manager, Andrea Hoffman will be at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum booth located in the Veterans Tent Area.  

For detail information about Indian Summer Festival, visit: www.indiansummer.org

 

THE RETURN TO CAMP RANDALL - Civil War Encampment & Monument Dedication

Date: July 18, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Location: Camp Randall Memorial Park - 132 N. Randall Ave.
City: Madison

 

On Saturday, July 18, 2015, the grounds of Camp Randall will once again be filled with soldiers in blue, as we commemorate the end of the Civil War and dedicate a new memorial to honor Wisconsin's role in the Civil War.

Join us for The Return to Camp Randall Civil War Encampment and Monument Dedication.  This one day event will include the unveiling of a new monument installed on the grounds of Camp Randall, a 1st Brigade Band Concert, a Military Review of the troops and living historians portraying returning Union veterans.

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Commemorative Ceremony & Unveiling of the Monument

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Civil War Encampment and Activities

11th Annual Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation Golf Outing

Date: July 13, 2015
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: The Oaks Golf Course - 4740 Pierceville Road
City: Cottage Grove

REGISTER ONLINE HERE 

The Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation's 11th annual golf outing will be a four-person scramble featuring prizes for holes-in-one, a putting contest, a golf ball toss and a prize drawing. Lunch and heavy hors d'oeuvres will be serverd, and attendees will have an an opportunity to mingle with the state's military and veteran leaders.

Sponsorship opportunities and golfer registration for the event are still available.

Proceeds from this event will further the Wisconsin Veterans Museum's mission to bring the history of Wisconsin veterans to the public through its programs, award-winning exhibits, and collections.

Now Open - WAR : RAW Healing Military Trauma Through Expressive Art

Date: June 5 - August 16, 2015
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison

 

 NEW EXHIBIT NOW OPEN

Passage: A Family’s Exodus and Odyssey For Survival

Date: April 23, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison

Presenter: John Schissler, Author

Book Talk

In this compelling autobiography, World War II survivor, John Schissler Jr., captures what really happens to people in the wicked no man's land of war and rehabilitation, as his family must wade through the crushing tide of WWII, and somehow rise above a violent, dirty flood of complex political and military conflicts in Czech, Hungarian and later East and West German countrysides and villages. Passage: The Making of An American Family lays out in gritty detail that an official end to war in no way meant an end to the struggle of those effect most by it.

Bringing God to Men, American Military Chaplains and the Vietnam War

Date: April 16, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison

Presenter: Dr. Jacqueline Whitt, Assistant Professor of Strategy, Air War College.

Lecture

 

Bringing God to Men, American Military Chaplains and the Vietnam War features the voices of American Military Chaplains and their vital role while serving in Vietnam. Dr. Jacqueline Whitt offers a unique perspective on the realities of religious practice in the war's foxholes and firebases, as chaplains ministered with a focus on soldiers' share experiences rather than traditional theologies.

 

 

Free screening: "Last Days in Vietnam."

Date: April 7, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Union South Marquee Theater, UW-Madison 1380 West Dayton Street
City: Madison
Join Wisconsin Public Television and the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs for a free screening of the Academy Award-nominated documentary, "Last Days in Vietnam."

No reservations needed. Limited seating - first come, first served.

Coming soon to Wisconsin Public Television's American Experience, Last Days in Vietnam reveals the story of the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, as the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon and the South Vietnamese resistance crumbled.

The Life of a Scout Sniper in Iraq with 1st Sgt. Timothy La Sage

Date: March 19, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison

 

Presenter: 1st Sgt. Timothy La Sage, Scout Sniper and Combat Veteran

Lecture and Discussion

1st Sgt. Timothy La Sage was stationed in the Iraqi city of Ramadi as a scout sniper before Chris Kyle, of American Sniper fame. Sgt. La Sage will discuss his experiences in “The Most Dangerous City” leading up to the events depicted in the movie American Sniper, what it means to be a scout sniper, and the impact it has on the daily lives of the soldiers and their families.

Americans at War: Experiencing World War One

Date: February 19, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison

Presenter: Dr. Jennifer Keene, Chair, Department of History, Chapman University

Lecture and Book Signing

World War I meant separation, combat and loss for millions around the globe.  American soldiers were among those on the front-lines who experienced the war’s unrelenting violence. Tragedy defined one aspect of the soldier’s wartime experience, but so did enthusiasm, fear, camaraderie, hatred and patriotism.  Some soldiers saw an opportunity for adventure and travel; others a chance to advance political causes. The war’s end meant difficult, sometimes violent, homecomings.  Were these men permanently brutalized by their war years? Within a few years’ time World War I veterans answered this question by forging a new form of non-violent political protest: collective direct action in pursuit of economic and racial social justice. 

1914: The War That Should Have Been Over By Christmas

Date: November 21, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison, WI

Allan Mallinson, Author and Britain's Foremost Military Historian

Lecture and Book Signing

Britain had not expected to be drawn into a land war in Europe, or if she were, it would be "over by Christmas."  The miscalculation cost her dearly.  Yet there were some who, before the war, advocated a different strategy, one that would have saved the huge losses of the Western Front and probably shortened the war.  Two men in particular, Winston Churchill and General Sir Douglas Haig, each of them more usually associated with, respectively, the debacle of the Dardanelles and Gallipoli in 1915, and the disastrous Somme Offensive in 1916.

Barbarians and Brothers, Anglo-American Warfare 1500-1865

Date: November 13, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison, WI

Dr. Wayne Lee, Professor of History, The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Book Talk and Signing

Wayne Lee will discuss his book, Barbarians and Brothers, examining the origins and nature of atrocity and restraint in warfare in the early modern Anglo-American world.  This talk will focus on two campaigns during the American Revolution as contrasting examples of culture, capacity, and calculation combine to shape the violence of war.

Salute to Veterans History Events

Date: November 11, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Location: The Weber Performing Arts Center, 428 Front Street South
City: La Crosse, WI
Kick off the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Wisconsin History Tour programming in La Crosse with a Salute to Veterans History on Veterans Day. In partnership with the Wisconsin Historical Society, Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, and Wisconsin Public Television, events include an evening concert with readings from a selection of the Civil War letters from the Society’s collections, screenings of documentaries featuring Wisconsin veterans including Wisconsin Korean War Stories, Wisconsin Vietnam Stories, Wisconsin World War II Stories, The USS Wisconsin: The Last Battleship and discussions led by authors of “Private Soldiers: A Year in Iraq with a Wisconsin National Guard Unit” and “This Wicked Rebellion: Wisconsin Civil War Soldiers Write Home.” The day also features the Wisconsin History Tour traveling exhibit and booths staffed by the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs and Wisconsin Veterans Museum with information on veterans benefits and military history
resources.

Never Forgotten: Honoring Wisconsin's Veterans

Date: November 7, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin State Capitol Building, Capitol Rotunda
City: Madison, WI

Annual Veterans Day Commemoration Ceremony

Join us in recognition of the Wisconsin men and women who served their country. This year’s ceremony will focus on honoring and welcoming home all of Wisconsin’s heroes from all eras of service. The event will be held in the Wisconsin State Capitol Rotunda.

A Quiet Corner of The War: Hijinks and Home

Date: November 6, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison, WI

Judy Cook, Folksinger and Author

Musical Presentation

Featuring songs and stories from the Civil War, folksinger Judy Cook’s presentation will highlight the often overlooked aspects of Civil War era history by exploring the everyday activities and pastimes of those that served and those that remained at home.

Wisconsin Stories from WWI

Date: November 5, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: Mead Public Library, 710 N. 8th Street
City: Sheboygan, WI

In part two of the two-part series on Wisconsin veterans, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum’s Kevin Hampton, Curator of Research & Public Programs, will present on stories from Wisconsin’s involvement in World War I.

Little Hawk and the Lone Wolf: A Conversation with Ray Kaquatosh

Date: November 1, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison, WI

Ray Kaquatosh, Author

Lecture and Book Signing

Sit in on a unique discussion between World War II and Korean War veteran Ray Kaquatosh and interviewers as the  90-year-old Menominee Indian shares stories from his recent coming of age memoir “Little Hawk and the Lone Wolf,” a new book by the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. A book signing will follow.

The World War I Doughboy Experience and Writing Alamo Doughboy

Date: October 18, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison

Jennifer Rude Klett, Author and Historian

Book Talk and Signing

This year marks 100 years since the beginning of “The Great War” in Europe. Join us as former journalist Jennifer Rude Klett, author of Alamo Doughboy:  Marching Into The Heart Of Kaiser's Germany During World War I, discusses the contributions of the 4.8 million U.S. "doughboy" soldiers who served in the years following the outbreak of war.

A Wisconsin Book Festival Event.

A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico

Date: October 16, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison

Dr. Amy Greenberg, Professor of History, The Pennsylvania State University

Lecture and Book Signing

Often forgotten and overlooked, the U.S.-Mexican War featured false starts, atrocities, and daring back-channel negotiations as it divided the nation, paved the way for the Civil War a generation later, and launched the career of Abraham Lincoln.

Talking Spirits Cemetery Tour XVI

Date: October 12, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Forest Hill Cemetery, 1 Speedway Road
City: Madison

Time: Tours leave every 20 minutes from 12pm through 4pm

Join us on Sunday October 12th for the sixteenth-annual Talking Spirits Cemetery Tour, held at beautiful Forest Hill Cemetery in Madison. On this 90 minute walking tour, local actors will portray important Civil War-era figures buried at Forest Hill.

Eagles on the Square - a 150th Celebration

Date: September 26, 2014
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Location: Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison
On September 26, 1864, “Old Abe”, the bald eagle mascot of the 8th Wisconsin, officially returned to the State of Wisconsin during the Civil War. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of this presentation of Old Abe to the public care of the people of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum is happy to welcome back our friends from the National Eagle Center in Wabash, Minnesota.

Faces of the Iron Brigade

Date: September 24, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Mead Public Library, 710 N. 8 Street
City: Sheboygan, WI

The Wisconsin Veterans Museum’s Kevin Hampton, Curator of Research & Public Programs, will present part one of a two-part series on Wisconsin veterans. September’s presentation will focus on the Civil War.

Salute to Veterans History Events

Date: September 19, 2014
Location: Weber Performing Arts Center, 428 Front Street South
City: La Crosse, WI

Kick off the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Wisconsin History Tour programming in La Crosse with a Salute to Veterans History on Veterans Day.  In partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, Wisconsin Historical Society and Wisconsin Public Television, events include an evening concert with readings from a selection of
the Civil War letters from the Society’s collections, screenings of documentaries featuring Wisconsin veterans, including Wisconsin Korean War Stories, Wisconsin Vietnam Stories, and Wisconsin World War II Stories, and discussions led by authors of “Private Soldiers: A Year in Iraq with a Wisconsin National Guard Unit” and “This Wicked Rebellion: Wisconsin Civil War Soldiers Write Home.” The day also features the Wisconsin History Tour traveling exhibit and booths staffed by the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs and Wisconsin Veterans Museum with resources on military history and veterans benefits.

September 11th Remembrance Ceremony

Date: September 11, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison

Please join the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, the Madison Fire Department, and other state officials as we commemorate the 13th anniversary of the September 11th
terrorist attacks on the United States. During the ceremony, the Madison Fire Department’s Honor Bell will toll for the memory of those Wisconsinites lost that fateful day.

The WVM at EAA Airventure Oshkosh 2014

Date: July 28 - August 3, 2014
Location: EAA Aviation Center, 3000 Poberezny Road, Exhibit Hangar C
City: Oshkosh
The Wisconsin Veterans Museum will be at EAA Airventure Oshkosh 2014!  The WVM booth will have artifacts and archival collections relating to Wisconsin's aviation history.  Visit us at Booth #3023 in the Rockwell Collins Exhibit Hangar C on the EAA grounds.  

Learn more about EAA Airventure Oshkosh 2014 at https://www.eaa.org/en/airventure

70th Anniversary of D-Day Ceremony in The Capitol Rotunda

Date: June 6, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin State Capitol Building in the Rotunda
City: Madison, WI
To commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings at Normandy, which occurred on June 6, 1944, the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, Wisconsin Honor Flights, and the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association will host a ceremony to recognize and honor the sacrifices of Wisconsin's veterans. 

Wisconsin Museums Week Activity at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum

Date: May 17, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison
This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of World War I.  In recognition of the centennial commemoration, stop in on Saturday, May 17th from 10 AM - 12 PM and try your hand at making a clothespin bi-plane!

The Boys of '67: Charlie Company's War in Vietnam

Date: April 17, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison

Dr. Andrew Wiest, Distinguished Professor of History and Founding Director of the Center for the Study of War and Society, The University of Southern Mississippi

Lecture and Book Signing

Even though it is often remembered for battles like Khe Sanh or Hamburger Hill, at its heart, Vietnam was a brutal, small unit war. In The Boys of ’67: Charlie Company’s War in Vietnam, Dr. Wiest tells the story of one single company in the Vietnam War from its drafting, through its training, year of combat (in which 25 were killed and 105 were wounded), and reintegration into society.  

A 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Series Event 

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Camp Home: Picturing Japanese American Incarceration during World War II

Date: April 3, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison

Dr. Jasmine Alinder, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Public History, Department of History, University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee and Kevin Miyazaki, Artist Camp Home Exhibit

Lecture and Discussion

Camp Home, a photograph series by artist Kevin Miyazaki, documents repurposed barracks used as internment camps for Japanese Americans (including some of Miyazaki's own relatives) during WWII.  Miyazaki's images capture the experience of the Nisei as well as the barracks' subsequent owners.  Join Dr. Jasmine Alinder and Kevin Miyazaki for a discussion of Japanese American incarceration during WWII and a look at Miyazaki's photographs of former internment camps.

In partnership with the James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy of Science, Arts, & Letters.

 

Wisconsin Germans, the Question of Slavery, and the Civil War

Date: March 27, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison

Dr. Alison Efford, Assistant Professor, Marquette University

Lecture and Discussion 

Wisconsin¹s large German population has always been a major feature in the state¹s history. By exploring the Civil War career of one of their colorful leaders, the soldier, editor, and Milwaukee's most vocal German opponent of slavery, Bernhard Domschke, Alison Efford illuminates the role of Wisconsin Germans in the conflict and grapples with the issue of their attitudes toward slavery.

Evolution of U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan: Shaping Prospects for Afghanistan's Future

Date: March 13, 2014
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Ingraham Hall, Room 206, 1155 Observatory Drive
City: Madison

Christopher Kolenda, Senior Advisor, Department of Defense 

Lecture and Discussion 

Having just returned from Afghanistan as Senior Advisor to the Commander of U.S. and Coalition forces, Christopher Kolenda will outline how the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan has evolved since 2001, assess its outcomes, and discuss strategic risks and opportunities as U.S., Afghan, and regional actors look toward 2014 and beyond.

In partnership with the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.   

Not At Ease Traveling Exhibit Program at the Neville Museum

Date: March 11, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Neville Public Museum, 210 Museum Place
City: Green Bay

Yvette Pino, Founder of the Veteran Print Project

Panel Discussion

Not at Ease: A Veteran Print Project, provides a forum for 20 female veterans from Wisconsin to share their stories by pairing them with 20 artists, who create an edition of prints inspired by the resulting dialogue.  Join us on the evening of March 11th at the Neville Public Museum in Green Bay for a panel discussion with female veterans featured in this traveling exhibit.  Be sure to stop by the Neville Museum and view this exhibit on display from February 22, 2014 through June 1, 2014. 

Madison Navy League Maritime History & Education Learn Over Lunch Series – Steam Coffin: Captain Moses Rogers and The Steamship Savannah

Date: December 11, 2013
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison
John Laurence Busch

Lecture and Book Signing

In the late summer of 1807, Robert Fulton ran his experimental “steamboat” up the Hudson River from New York City to Albany.  Running these steamboats on rivers, lakes and bays was one thing.  Taking such a vessel on a voyage across the ocean was a different proposition altogether.  Experienced mariners didn't think it could be done.  These early steamboats were just too flimsy and unwieldy to withstand the dangers of the deep. 

Medal of Honor Exhibit Opening

Date: November 13, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison

Please join us for the opening of a new exhibit featuring selected Medal of Honor recipients from Wisconsin. Recipients include Staff Sergeant Gerald L. Endl (WWII), Corporal Mitchell Red Cloud Jr. (Korea) and 2nd Lieutenant Jerome A Sudut (Korea).

Operation Dustoff: Vietnam Remembered

Date: November 8, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin State Capitol Building
City: Madison
Join us in recognition of the Wisconsin men and women who served their country during the Vietnam Era. The event will be held at the State Capitol. For more information please call 1-800-WIS-VETS (947-8387) or visit http://www.wisvets.com/

John Reynolds and the Iron Brigade

Date: October 30, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison

Lance Herdegen, Author and Chair of the Wisconsin Civil War Sesquicentennial
Commission

Lecture and Book Signing               

The death of General John Reynolds as he led the 2nd Wisconsin into action at Gettysburg July 1, 1863, turned him into an American military hero. But his relationship with the famous Iron Brigade of his First Army Corps was distant those days before the epic battle. This is the story of how that all changed that morning 150 years ago and how Reynolds found fame only after he had been killed in battle.

Eagles on the Square

Date: October 25, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison

On Friday, October 25, beginning at 11am, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum will host the visit of a live bald eagle from the National Eagle Center at the Museum program "Eagles on the Square."


One of Madison's famous residents, "Old Abe the War Eagle," was named the official mascot of the 8th Regiment of the Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War.  To help commemorate this historic bird and the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum is hosting this event so that participants can learn more about the life of Old Abe, bald eagles, and their habitats.

African American Faces of the Civil War: An Album

Date: October 24, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison

Ron Coddington, Author and Historian

Lecture and Book Signing

More than two-hundred-thousand men of color served in the Union army and navy during the Civil War after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued. Some were free men; others were escaped slaves or slaves released by their owners to join the military. All stood up to fight for their freedom and the future of their people. Historian Ronald S. Coddington spent four years collecting original, unpublished portraits of a representative sample of these men, and researching their compelling stories.

USS Wisconsin Commemoration Ceremony

Date: October 22, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison
Join us as we recognize the 25th anniversary of the recommissioning of the USS Wisconsin (BB-64).  During her career, the USS Wisconsin earned a total of six battle stars for service in World War II and Korea, as well as a Navy Unit Commendation for service during the 1991 Gulf War.

The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire

Date: October 17, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison

Dr. Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessy, Author, Historian, and Saunders Director of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, VA

Lecture and Book Signing 

Britain seemingly should have won the Revolutionary War.  Its failure to do so is commonly assumed to be due to the incompetence of commanders and the politicians who are ridiculed in fiction and in movies.  Although less crudely presented, such caricatures even permeate scholarly literature.  The talk will challenge the stereotypes and offer a very different explanation of why Britain lost the American War of Independence.

Talking Spirits Cemetery Tour XV

Date: October 6, 2013
Time: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Forest Hill Cemetery, 1 Speedway Road
City: Madison

Time: Tours leave every 20 minutes from 12pm through 4pm

Join us on Sunday October 6th for the fifteenth-annual Talking Spirits Cemetery Tour, held at beautiful Forest Hill Cemetery in Madison. On this 90 minute walking tour, local actors will portray important Civil War-era characters buried at Forest Hill.  In the event of inclement weather, be sure to check back at wisvetsmuseum.com/events for important information about this program.

Adult admission is $5; Children are $2.

NOTE:  Golf carts will not be available this year to escort those who are unable to walk the tour this year.  We apologize, but the City policy has changed.

Fall Gallery Night

Date: October 4, 2013
Time: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison

Gallery night at WVM will feature a mural by Milwaukee art teacher Charles A. Kuchler.  Killed in action during the Battle of  Hürtgen Forest in 1944, Kuchler painted the mural of an anti-aircraft battery in combat while training at Camp Wallace, Texas in 1942.  The mural hung in his Battery's mess hall until he sent it home to his mother after he received orders that he was being sent to Europe.

Eternal Bivouac

Date: September 26, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison

Margaret Berres, Curator, Oak Creek Historical Society, and Tom Ludka, Veterans Service Officer, Waukesha County

Lecture and Discussion

Margaret Berres and Tom Ludka have collaborated for twelve years on extensive research projects identifying the final resting places of Civil War veterans in Wisconsin, including over a thousand buried in Milwaukee’s Forest Home Cemetery.

Korea Remembered: 1950-1953

Date: September 24, 2013
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: War Memorial Center, 750 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive
City: Milwaukee

Program and Reception

This event marks the commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the signing of the Korean War armistice. Join us as we thank Wisconsin Korean War veterans for their service. A reception will follow the ceremony. All veterans and general public are encouraged to attend. For more information please call 608-261-5409.

Winning Hearts and Minds in Vietnam

Date: September 12, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison

Will Gilmore, Vietnam Veteran

Lecture and Discussion

Will Gilmore’s photo presentation begins in 1969 and tells the story of his fourteen member Marine civil affairs team assigned to Hoa Xuan, a small farming village in the I-Corps Region of South Vietnam. Gilmore offers new insights into the time-honored counterinsurgency strategy of "winning hearts and minds."

Alliant Energy Ride for Veterans- Benefitting Wounded Warrior Project and The Wisconsin Veterans Museum

Date: July 13, 2013
Location: Lucky's Bar and Grille- 1008 Quinn Dr.
City: Waunakee, WI
Alliant Energy will host a bike ride to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and The Wisconsin Veterans Museum on Saturday, July 13. Participants can ride a 35-mile bike route, a 10-mile bike route, or walk/run a 3-mile route. Registration begins at 8 AM.  35-mile bike ride starts at 9 AM; 10-mile ride and 3-mile family walk starts at 11 AM. Volunteers are needed.  Click above to learn more.

A Face for Every Name - A Free Madison Workshop with Wisconsin Public Radio and The Wisconsin Veterans Museum

Date: May 22, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison

There are 1,244 Wisconsinsites listed on the Vietnam War Memorial.  Help us find their photos.  Learn how you can get involved at a free one-hour workshop on Wednesday, May 22 at 7:00 PM at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum.  Get involved, honor their lives: wpr.org/Madison

Gallery Night

Date: May 3, 2013
Time: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison
View a unique display of works by two Wisconsin World War II artists, John Vlossak and Arthur Szyk.  Enjoy complimentary refreshments at the Museum.

A Special Evening with Victor Davis Hanson: A Wisconsin Veterans Museum Gala Event

Date: May 2, 2013
Time: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: The Madison Concourse Hotel, 1 West Dayton Street
City: Madison

The Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation invites you to honor and celebrate Wisconsin's veterans with Victor Davis Hanson, New York Times best-selling author on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at The Madison Concourse Hotel.  Proceeds will support the development of new exhibits and programming at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum.

Click here to buy your tickets today! 

Marching to War: Wisconsin Military History from the Tribal Perspective

Date: April 27, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Radisson Hotel & Conference Center Green Bay, 2040 Airport Drive
City: Green Bay
On April 27, tribal scholars and visiting experts will discuss the role of Wisconsin's tribes in shaping our state and national histories.  Speakers include: John W. Hall, author of Uncommon Defense: Indian Allies in the Black Hawk War, Loretta Metoxen, Oneida Tribal Historial, Kerry A. Trask, author of Black Hawk: The Battle for the Heart of America, Russell Horton, Wisconsin Veterans Museum, and Jo Ann Schedler, Mohican National-Stockbridge Munsee.

Sunk in Kula Gulf: The Final Voyage of the U.S.S. Helena and the Incredible Story of Her Survivors in World War II

Date: April 26, 2013
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison

John Domagalski

Lecture and Book Signing

Sunk in Kula Gulf tells the epic story of the Helena’ssurvivors. Two destroyers plucked more than seven hundred from the sea in a night rescue operation as the battle continued to rage. A second group of eighty-eight sailors —clustered into three lifeboats—made it to a nearby island and was rescued the next day.

Army Aviation in Vietnam

Date: April 18, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison
Rick Berry

Lecture and Discussion

Rick Berry enlisted in the US Army and flew UH-1 "Huey" helicopters with the 1st Cavalry Division from May 1967 to May 1968.  Up in his slick, he was able to take photographs from a very unique vantage point.  Mr. Berry will present his photographs and speak on what it was like to fly for an assault helicopter company.

Preserving Memories Through Film at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum

Date: April 12, 2013
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison

Danielle Spalenka

Lecture and Discussion 

The Wisconsin Veterans Museum has nearly 200 films within its collection, including Wisconsin National Guard recruitment spots, WWII-era Army training films, and home movie footage taken by soldiers to document their military experiences. WVM Archivist Danielle Spalenka will discuss how the archives is preserving, cataloging, and providing access to the original films. Clips from some of these films will also be shown, including original WWII gun camera footage and homecoming footage of Col. Donald Heiliger, a pilot in Vietnam who was shot down and held as a prisoner for six years.

Madison Navy League Presents Maritime History & Education Learn Over Lunch Series- The Navy Reserve

Date: March 21, 2013
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison

LCDR Kevin Fornal

Lecture and Discussion

LCDR Kevin Fornal, Commanding Officer, Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) Madison, will provide a brief presentation of the Navy Reserve presence in Central and Southern Wisconsin and Northeastern Iowa.  Over 150 Navy Reservists, in this area, provide strategic depth and operational capability to the Active Duty Navy in support of operations both at home and abroad and in keeping with the Navy Reserve motto, "Ready Now.  Anytime, Anywhere."

More Than Freedom: Black Northerners and the Meaning of the Civil War

Date: March 14, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison

Steve Kantrowitz, UW-Madison Professor and Author

Lecture and Discussion

Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation is generally understood as the moment African Americans became free, and Reconstruction as the ultimately unsuccessful effort to extend that victory by establishing equal citizenship. In More Than Freedom, award-winning historian Stephen Kantrowitz boldly redefines our understanding of this entire era by showing that the fight to abolish slavery was always part of a much broader campaign to establish full citizenship for African Americans and find a place to belong in a white republic. Bringing a bold new perspective to one of our nation's defining moments, More Than Freedom helps to explain the extent and the limits of the so-called freedom achieved in 1865 and the legacy that endures today.

First Impressions: D-Day Through French Eyes

Date: March 7, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison

Mary Lou Roberts, Professor of History, UW Madison

Lecture and Discussion 

The Normandy campaign has been celebrated as a great moment in the history of the Second World War.  However, the story of Normandy suffers from a fatal lopsidedness, at least as it has been told by American historians.  As historical narratives focus almost exclusively on the American G.I., they slight the French and leave half the story untold.  This talk revisits the Allied campaign as it was experienced by the Normans, who recalled their encounter with death in a grammar of terrible sounds, sights, smells, and tastes.  Every Norman remembers the moment- good or bad- when they saw their first American. 

Faces of Freedom: A Year of the Veteran Celebration, Hosted by the First Lady of Wisconsin

Date: March 2, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel, 333 West Kilbourn Avenue
City: Downtown Milwaukee

The First Lady of Wisconsin Tonette Walker and the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation invites you to honor and celebrate Wisconsin's veterans with Comedian Fred Klett at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Saturday, March 2, 2013.  Your support of this event will help The Wisconsin Veterans Museum in Madison continue its mission to connect the past to the present through the powerful stories associated with their collections. 

Limited space is available, so buy your tickets today!  Tickets will be made available until we sell out. 

Note: Individuals purchasing a ticket between now and the event should pick up their tickets at registration at the Hyatt Regency in Milwaukee.

For more information on this event, visit http://www.wvmfoundation.com/fundraising-events.php 

This Wicked Rebellion: Wisconsin Civil War Soldiers Write Home

Date: February 28, 2013
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison

Michael Edmonds and John Zimm

Lecture and Book Signing

Over one hundred fifty years after it began, the Civil War still fascinates us -
the vast armies marching to war, iconic leaders like Abraham Lincoln and Robert
E. Lee, the drama of a nation divided. But the Civil War was also about
individuals, the hundreds of thousands of ordinary men and boys who fought and
died on either side and the families and friends left at home. "This Wicked
Rebellion: Wisconsin Civil War Soldiers Write Home" tells this other side of the
story.

Veteran Voices: Oral History at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum

Date: February 22, 2013
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison

Panel Discussion

This presentation discusses the museum’s oral history program, its history, collection and ongoing efforts to collect and preserve veteran stories and experiences, recorded in their own voices.  The panelists include Molly Graham, the museum’s oral historian, Rick Berry, a volunteer interviewer and two veterans who have recorded their own oral history interviews with the museum. Each panelist will share their different roles and perspectives on oral history and the interview process. 

86th ARCOM Division

Date: February 14, 2013
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison

Ward Zischke

Lecture and Discussion

The Organized Reserve, later renamed the Army Reserve in 1952, has been a major contributor of soldiers to the United States Army in time of war or national emergency since its creation in 1908.  For example, 240,000 Organized Reserve Corps/Army Reserve Corps soldiers were called up for the Korean War and 60,000 Army Reserve Soldiers were called up for the Berlin Crisis of 1961-1962. 

Madison Navy League Presents Maritime History & Education Learn Over Lunch Series - The RMS Titanic Disaster: 100 Years of Maritime Safety

Date: February 7, 2013
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison

Hank Whipple

Lecture and Discussion

With the tragic loss of life in April of 1912 with the sinking of the RMS Titanic, the world’s maritime community has since learned and applied the lessons taught during the subsequent 100 years contributing greatly to maritime safety and the preservation of life
at sea. Hank Whipple will discuss this story of maritime safety and how it has
improved since that fateful day in the icy waters of the North Atlantic.

Brown Bag Lunch Series - Caring For Your Personal Collection

Date: January 25, 2013
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison
Join The Wisconsin Veterans Museum for a lunch time presentation on caring for your
family heirlooms. Curator of History, Greg Krueger, and Registrar, Sarah Kapellusch, will discuss storage and display of your personal collection as well as make recommendations for cleaning, handling, and general care of your beloved treasures. Bring your questions and a brown bag lunch! Friday, January 25thth 12-1PM in the Education Center.

Madison Navy League Maritime History & Education Learn Over Lunch Series - "Badger Ordnance Works"

Date: January 17, 2013
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison
Join us to learn more about Badger Ordnance Works.  This facility supplied 1,000's of ships and planes, while serving our nation for three wars.  Employing over 60,000 workers, the Badger Army Ammunition Plant is now moving in to its next phase of life. 

LETTERS HOME TO SARAH: THE CIVIL WAR LETTERS OF GUY C. TAYLOR, THIRTY-SIXTH WISCONSIN VOLUNTEERS

Date: November 10, 2012
Time: 2:45 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison, WI

KEVIN AND PATSY ALDERSON, Historians

LECTURE AND BOOK SIGNING

Forgotten for more than a century in an old cardboard box, these are the letters of Guy
Carlton Taylor, a farmer who served in the Thirty-Sixth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment in the American Civil War. From March 23, 1864, to July 14, 1865, Taylor wrote 165 letters home to his wife Sarah and their son Charley. From the initial mustering and training of his regiment at Camp Randall in Wisconsin, through the siege of Petersburg in Virginia, General Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, and the postwar Grand Review of the Armies parade in Washington, D.C., Taylor conveys in vivid detail his own experiences and emotions and shows himself a keen observer of all that is passing around him.

A 2012 Book Festival Event

SOLDIER DOGS: THE UNTOLD STORY OF AMERICA’S CANINE HEROES

Date: November 8, 2012
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison, WI

MARIA GOODAVAGE,
Reporter and Author

LECTURE AND BOOK SIGNING

Goodavage, a reporter and author, tells heartwarming stories of modern soldier dogs and the amazing bonds that develop between them and their handlers. Beyond tales of training, operations, retirement, and adoption into the families of fallen soldiers, Goodavage talks to leading dog-cognition experts about why dogs like nothing more than to be on a mission with a handler they trust, no matter how deadly the IEDs they are sniffing, nor how far they must parachute or rappel from aircraft into enemy territory.

A 2012 Book Festival Event

COMETH THE MAN, COMETH THE HOUR: HOW CHURCHILL NEARLY DIDN'T BECOME PRIME MINISTER

Date: November 2, 2012
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison, WI
The arrival of Winston Churchill as Britain's Prime Minister in May 1940 at the very moment Hitler's tanks were sweeping through Belgium and France seemed providential: finally Britain had a war leader strong enough to keep his country in the fight and then help construct the Grand Alliance that would ultimately win the war.

TRICK-OR-TREAT!

Date: October 26, 2012
Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison, WI
Come and trick-or-treat with us this Friday! Stop by The Wisconsin Veterans Museum between 2 PM - 5 PM for Downtown Madison Family Halloween. We'll be handing out candy and best costume receives a prize!

THE IRON BRIGADE IN CIVIL WAR AND MEMORY: THE BLACK HATS FROM BULL RUN TO APPOMATTOX

Date: October 25, 2012
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison, WI

LANCE HERDEGEN, Author and Chair of the Wisconsin Civil War Sesquicentennial
Commission

LECTURE AND BOOK SIGNING

More than a standard military account, Herdegen's latest book puts flesh and faces on the men who sat around the campfires, marched through mud and snow and dust, fought to put down the rebellion, and recorded much of what they did and witnessed for posterity. Although primarily known and studied because of its remarkable stand on the first bloody day at Gettysburg, the Iron Brigade’s stellar service during the earliest days of the war and from the Wilderness to Appomattox has been routinely slighted. Herdegen has finally rectified this historical anomaly with his newest book.

THE CIVIL WAR AS AN INTERRACIAL WAR

Date: October 19, 2012
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Wisconsin Veterans Museum
City: Madison

MARK GRIMSLEY, Associate Professor- History, The Ohio State University

LECTURE AND DISCUSSION

The guns that thundered at Bull Run and Shiloh were part of an argument by white Americans about the future of a white republic.  Nevertheless, the outbreak of civil war created conditions in which marginalized Americans moved promptly to better their position or at least hold their ground.  Sometimes eagerly, sometimes reluctantly, the Union and Confederate governments attempted to tap the military manpower of these groups, so that an estimated 20,000 Indians fought as participants in the conflict, as did at least 198,000 Blacks.  As a result, the Civil War was in part an interracial war whose conduct tells much about American racial dynamics at a moment of crisis.

Talking Spirits Cemetery Tour XIV

Date: October 9-14, 2012
Time: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Forest Hill Cemetery, 1 Speedway Rd.
City: Madison
The fourteenth-annual Talking Spirits cemetery tour, held at beautiful Forest Hill Cemetery in Madison.  

THE LAST TROOPS OF AUTUMN: A MILITARY HISTORY OF THE SEVENTH WISCONSIN VOLUNTEER REGIMENT, 1861-1863

Date: September 28, 2012
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Wisconsin Veterans Museum
City: Madison

Robert Laven, Author and historian

Lecture and discussion 

The Seventh Wisconsin Regiment served in the Civil War as part of the famed Iron Brigade. This book and discussion highlight the dramatic accounts of the men of this unit as they battled at Manassas, Antietam and finally Gettysburg.


 

THE ASSASSINATION OF REINHARD HEYDRICH: HITLER’S CHIEF HANGMAN

Date: September 18, 2012
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Wisconsin Veterans Museum
City: Madison

Milan Hauner, Honorary Fellow, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Lecture and discussion 

Seventy years ago, two members of the Czechoslovak exile army trained in England attempted to kill the SS Obergruppenfuehrer Reinhard Heydrich in Prague. Because of the heavy Nazi reprisals - the annihilation of two villages Lidice and Lezaky being the most conspicuous - the assassination has remained a subject of controversy. The talk will sum up the recent findings and hypotheses. 


 

American Civil War Day

Date: September 15, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison
On Saturday, September 15, 2012, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum and W. Britain Military Miniature Company will host an American Civil War Day that includes the unveiling of the second in a series of Civil War figures based on flags and artifacts from the collections at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum.

“THOSE WISCONSIN BOYS WALKED OUT IN THE FIELD TOWARDS US AS THOUGH SHOOTING PARTRIDGES”: THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF THE 90 DAY 1ST WISCONSIN INFANTRY

Date: September 14, 2012
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Wisconsin Veterans Museum
City: Madison

Daniel Joyce, Director, Kenosha Museum System

Lecture and discussion 

With the firing on Fort Sumter, Wisconsin was wide-eyed, enthusiastic and unprepared.  Join us as we follow the 1st Wisconsin Active Militia from the fun and high-jinks of training at Camp Scott, to a small skirmish at Falling Waters, and their triumphant return to Milwaukee.

Victory Garden Activities

Date: August 22, 2012
Time: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Location: Madison Children's Museum, 100 North Hamilton Street
City: Madison
Learn about the origins of the Victory Garden and what it has come to mean today through gardening and fun activities.  

Genealogy for Kids

Date: August 18, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin St., Galleries
City: Madison
Do you have a veteran in your family? With the help of our Reference Archivist, kids can find out how they can research their own family's military history.

Wisconsin Letters Project--The Letters of the Patchin Family

Date: July 28, 2012
Time: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin St., Galleries
City: Madison
Join us for the third installment of the Wisconsin Letters Project, a dramatic reading of Civil War letters from the collections of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum.

Songs of the Civil War

Date: July 28, 2012
Time: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin St., Galleries
City: Madison
Join us for a performance by Bob Welch who through his singing blends the music of the Union and Confederacy with storytelling and history.

Victory Garden Activities

Date: July 25, 2012
Time: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Location: Madison Children's Museum, 100 North Hamilton Street
City: Madison
Learn about the origins of the Victory Garden and what it has come to mean today through gardening and fun activities.

Wisconsin Veterans Museum Annual Golf Outing Fundraiser

Date: July 16, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Location: The Oaks Golf Course
City: Cottage Grove, WI

The eighth annual Wisconsin Veterans Museum golf outing is scheduled for Monday, July 16, 2012 at The Oaks Golf Course in Cottage Grove.

This event is sold out!  Click here to learn more.

Join us for dinner at 5 PM at The Oaks.  Tickets are sold at the door for $30.  Price includes a delicious meal, drinks and a chance to enter our prize drawing.

March to the Beat of Your Own Drum

Date: July 14, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin St., Galleries
City: Madison
Turn an everyday coffee can into a Civil War style drum while learning about the important role of the drummer boy.

Centennial Celebration of Camp Randall's Memorial Arch

Date: June 30, 2012
Time: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: GAR Memorial Park at Camp Randall
City: Madison
Speakers including Lance Herdegen, author and chair of the Wisconsin Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, along with a performance by the 1st Brigade Band will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Camp Randall Memorial Arch.

Wednesday Nite @ the Lab

Date: June 27, 2012
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM
Location: Biotechnology Center, Room 1111 (The Auditorium), 425 Henry Mall, UW Campus
City: Madison
Daniel Einstein, Historic and Cultural Resource Manager at UW-Madison will discuss the history behind Camp Randall's Memorial Park including the Arch, the "guardhouse", and the Shiloh cannon.  Following the presentation, Daniel will be available at the Camp Randall Memorial Park to answer questions.

Grandparents Day

Date: June 22, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin St., Galleries
City: Madison
Interactive stations and activities throughout the gallery will encourage kids to learn about how people communicated and learned about war before the invention of the iPhone or internet.

Victory Garden Activities

Date: June 20, 2012
Time: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Location: Madison Children’s Museum, 100 North Hamilton Street
City: Madison

Learn about the origins of the Victory Garden and what it has come to mean today through gardening and fun activities.

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 Photo courtesy of the Madison Children's Museum.

Spring Talking Spirits Tour at Central Wisconsin Veterans Cemetery

Date: May 18, 2012
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Central Wisconsin Veterans Cemetery, N2665 County Road QQ
City: King, WI
This event will feature actors dressed in period costume portraying four veterans with ties to the cemetery.  Featured vignettes include Charles King, father of the Wisconsin National Guard, and the Village of King’s namesake, Theodore Goldin, Medal of Honor recipient for valor at Little Big Horn.

America's Great War After (Nearly) 100 Years

Date: May 10, 2012
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: 30 West Mifflin Street, 2nd Floor Education Center
City: Madison

Douglas Craig, Reader in History, Australian National University

Lecture and Discussion

In this special presentation, Dr. Douglas Craig will address the ways in which the Great War and American exceptionalism have been linked by contemporaries and their historians.

Gallery Night!

Date: May 4, 2012
Time: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison, WI
Join us for Gallery Night at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum!  View a new exhibit, Not At Ease: A Veteran Print Project, which provides a forum for 20 female veterans from Wisconsin to share their stories by pairing them with 20 artists, who create an edition of prints inspired by the resulting dialogue.

Operation Greatest Generation

Date: May 4, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Location: National Railroad Museum, 2285 South Broadway
City: Green Bay, WI
Join us in a day of celebration and recognition for the Wisconsin men and women who shaped the course of history during World War II.  Click above to learn more.

A Special Evening with Hugh Ambrose: A Wisconsin Veterans Museum Gala Event

Date: May 3, 2012
Time: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Monona Terrace, 1 John Nolen Drive
City: Madison, WI

The Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation invites you to honor and celebrate Wisconsin's veterans with author Hugh Ambrose, New York Times best-selling author on Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 at the Monona Terrace.  Proceeds will support the development of new exhibits and programming at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. 

Click here to buy your tickets today!

Wisconsin Letters Project--The Letters of the Patchin Family

Date: April 26, 2012
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Wisconsin Veterans Museum
City: Madison
Produced and directed by John Sable
Dramatic reading of Civil War letters


Join us for the third installment of the Wisconsin Letters Project, a dramatic reading of Civil War letters from the collections of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum.

Madison Community Film Series Presents..."Hell and Back Again"

Date: April 21, 2012
Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Sequoya Branch Library, 4340 Tokay Blvd.,
City: Madison, WI
From his embed with US Marines Echo Company in Afghanistan, filmmaker and
photojournalist Danfung Dennis reveals the devastating impact a Taliban machine
gun bullet has on the life of 25-year old Sergeant Nathan Harris.

Count This Penny Special Concert

Date: April 13, 2012
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Wisconsin Veterans Museum
City: Madison

A SPECIAL CIVIL WAR 150 EVENT

COUNT THIS PENNY


Special Happy Hour concert

Join the Wisconsin Veterans Museum as we present this special Civil War 150 event with Count This Penny. The concert will feature two brand new songs inspired by archival letters of Wisconsin Civil War soldiers.

The Western Tradition of Honorable Surrender from the Crusades to the Civil War

Date: April 12, 2012
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Wisconsin Veterans Museum
City: Madison
John Lynn, Distinguished Professor of Military History, Northwestern University
Lecture and discussion


This lecture will trace the distinctly Western tradition of honorable surrender, which took shape in medieval Europe during the eleventh and twelfth centuries and was eventually codified in the literature of chivalry and the law of arms during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.

A 2012 Dr. Richard H. Zeitlin Distinguished Lecture Series Event
Presented in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of History

Second in Name Only: the Second Wisconsin and Minnesota Infantry Regiments During the Civil War

Date: March 23, 2012
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Wisconsin Veterans Museum
City: Madison
Michael Eckers, author and historian
Lecture and discussion


When the Civil War began in the spring of 1861 the resulting patriotic fervor in the North resulted in many more men joining the army than anyone expected. Two of the regiments that came out of this tremendous surge of pride were the Second Wisconsin and Second Minnesota infantry regiments, both of which would eventually play major roles in the ultimate Union defeat of the Southern Confederacy.

How the Civil War Transformed American Mapping

Date: March 20, 2012
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Wisconsin Veterans Museum
City: Madison
Susan Schulten, Chair, Department of History, University of Denver
Lecture and discussion


The sectional crisis prompted new and creative uses of maps, particularly in the effort to map the strength of the rebellion. These maps reveal much about the Union strategy in the secession crisis and the ensuing war, but they also introduced a fundamentally new approach to cartography that flourished after the war.

From Enemies to Allies: the American Occupation of Japan, 1945-1952

Date: March 13, 2012
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Wisconsin Veterans Museum
City: Madison
Louise Young, Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Lecture and discussion


This lecture traces the stunning shift from enemies to allies as the escalating cold war provided grounds for an enduring military, political, and economic partnership.

Count This Penny Record Release Concert

Date: March 9, 2012
Time: 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Wisconsin Veterans Museum
City: Madison

A SPECIAL CIVIL WAR 150 EVENT

COUNT THIS PENNY

Record release concert and world premiere of two brand new Civil War songs
$5 admission at the door

Join the Wisconsin Veterans Museum as we present this special Civil War 150 event with Count This Penny. The concert will feature two brand new songs inspired by archival letters of Wisconsin Civil War soldiers.

We Are a College at War: Women Working for Victory in World War II

Date: March 8, 2012
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Wisconsin Veterans Museum
City: Madison
Mary Weaks-Baxter, Christine Bruun, and Catherine Forslund, faculty, Rockford College
Lecture and discussion


We Are a College at War reveals how the war years influenced women’s history in the twentieth century by offering a glimpse of the present-day roles of women through the legacy of the contributions of Rockford College women to the war effort.

Moving the War: One Railroad's 600-Ton Solution

Date: February 17, 2012
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Wisconsin Veterans Museum
City: Madison
Robert Lettenberger, Director of Education, National Railroad Museum
Lecture and discussion


With the United States fighting in two theaters, wartime manufacturers needed the support the American railroad system to transport finished goods and the machinery of war to keep war effort moving forward.

Brave and Enduring Soldiers: the Civil War Service of the Green Bay Tribes

Date: November 17, 2011
Time: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street, 2nd Floor Education Center
City: Madison, WI
Join us for Native American Heritage Month.  Light refreshments will be served.

Wounded Warriors

Date: November 10, 2011
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Union South, 1308 West Dayton Street
City: Madison, WI
Join Wunk Sheek, Vets for Vets, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum and Wisconsin Public Television for an exclusive look at the new documentary and a discussion with tribal veterans.
More Info >

My Guitar, My M16, and Me: An Evening with Kimo Williams

Date: November 8, 2011
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Wisconsin Veterans Museum - 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison, WI
James ‘Kimo’ Williams, Vietnam Veteran, musician, and composer
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The 2011 Wimmer-Churchill Lecture: Why Hitler Lost

Date: November 4, 2011
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: Wisconsin Veterans Museum - 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison, WI
Andrew Roberts - Noted author, historian, and commentator

More Info >

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2011 WISCONSIN BOOK FESTIVAL EVENT: What It Is Like To Go To War

Date: October 26, 2011
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 W. Mifflin St.
City: Madison, WI
Karl Marlantes, author and Vietnam Veteran Lecture and discussion
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2011 WISCONSIN BOOK FESTIVAL EVENT: The Katyn Order: A Novel

Date: October 22, 2011
Time: 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Location: Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 W. Mifflin St.
City: Madison, WI
Douglas Jacobson, author - Lecture and book signing
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2011 WISCONSIN BOOK FESTIVAL EVENT: Between War and Peace: How America Ends Its Wars

Date: October 20, 2011
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 W. Mifflin St.
City: Madison, WI
Col. Matthew Moten, United States Military Academy; editor John Hall, Ambrose-Hesseltine Professor of Military History, University of Wisconsin
Joseph Glatthaar, Stephenson Distinguished Professor of History, University of North Carolina - Panel discussion and book signing. More Info >

2011 WISCONSIN BOOK FESTIVAL EVENT: Liberty’s Surest Guardian: Nation Building from the Founders to Obama

Date: October 19, 2011
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Overture Center, 221 State Street
City: Madison, WI
In this timely and urgent book, Jeremi Suri explains where America has erred and where it succeeded—in the Philippines, in post WWII Europe, in Vietnam.
More Info >

This Mighty Scourge of War: Talking Spirits XIII – Forest Hill Cemetery Tour

Date: October 4-9, 2011
Location: Forest Hill Cemetery, 1 Speedway Road
City: Madison, WI
Join us for the thirteenth-annual Talking Spirits cemetery tour, held at beautiful Forest Hill Cemetery in Madison. Tour guides will lead informative discussions of the cemetery’s rich history and gravestone art interspersed among the vignettes.

A Vision from Another Sky - The Paintings of Vietnam Veteran Jim Walktendonk

Date: October 1-31, 2011
Time: 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: Wisconsin Veterans Museum - 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison, WI
The Paintings of Vietnam Veteran Jim Walktendonk
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The American Civil War in the West: An Archaeological Perspective

Date: September 30, 2011
Time: 12:00 PM
Location: Wisconsin Veterans Museum 30 W. Mifflin Street
City: Madison, WI 53703

The American Civil War was truly brother against brother, especially in the state of Missouri and the West. The physical evidence supports the historic records in the broadest sense, but adds considerable detail to the story by showing there is more to the stories than recorded in the recollections of participants or the official record of events.

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The Sarge Wears Eye Shadow: Women in the Vietnam War

Date: September 22, 2011
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Wisconsin Veterans Museum 30 W. Mifflin Street
City: Madison, WI 53703

Dr. Stur will discuss the role of women in the war, and also sit down for a one-on-one discussion with Vietnam Veteran, Sister Linda McClenahan.

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Into the Fire: Popular Music and 9/11

Date: September 13, 2011
Time: 7:00 AM
Location: Wisconsin Veterans Museum 30 W. Mifflin Street
City: Madison, WI 53703

Join a distinguished panel of Madison-area scholars and performers as they discuss how 9/11 and subsequent overseas military actions affected the way that music was made, heard, and understood from 2001 to today.

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Ten Years After: A First Responder’s Story of 9/11

Date: September 9, 2011
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: Wisconsin Veterans Museum and Foundation - 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison, WI
Tony Rajer, author and art conservator
Lecture and discussion
The Wisconsin Veterans Museum is an educational activity of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs.