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MOST SIGNIFICANT CIVIL WAR ACQUISITION YET FOR WISCONSIN VETERANS MUSEUM

May 1, 2017
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MOST SIGNIFICANT CIVIL WAR ACQUISITION YET FOR WISCONSIN VETERANS MUSEUM
Circuitous Journey for 1860 Flag Reads Like Detective Novel, Back of Flag Produces Remarkable Surprise

MADISON, Wis. (April 25, 2017)
– It was the evening of July 4, 1860. During an annual ball, the Ladies of La Crosse bestowed a splendid silk presentation flag to the La Crosse Light Guard, a private militia in the young city of La Crosse, Wis. Less than a year later, the Light Guard (soon to be known as Company B of the 2nd Wisconsin Regiment of Infantry Volunteers, and led by Captain Wilson Colwell, the sixth mayor of La Crosse) would leave for Madison, Wis., answering President Lincoln’s call for volunteers to preserve the Union, and the flag would go with them, flying at Camp Randall on May 2, 1861.

MEDIA COVERAGE FOR WARRIOR BOOK CLUB

March 28, 2017

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MADISON, Wis. (March 29, 2017)
 - The Wisconsin Veterans Museum's event Warrior Book Club has received the following media coverage.

WORLD WAR I STORIES FROM A CENTURY AGO TOLD IN VETS' OWN WORDS IS A FIRST FOR WISCONSIN VETERANS MUSEUM

March 23, 2017
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WORLD WAR I STORIES FROM A CENTURY AGO TOLD IN VETS’ OWN WORDS IS A FIRST FOR WISCONSIN VETERANS MUSEUM

MADISON, Wis. (March 23, 2017) – The most powerful storytelling is first-person, unfiltered, heartfelt, and, at times, heart-wrenching. In days leading up to the United States’ entry into World War I a century ago on April 6, 1917, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum in Madison, Wis. today announced it will open an exhibit dedicated to the Great War, featuring stories of vets in their own words. “WWI Beyond the Trenches: Stories from the Front,” debuts Friday, April 21 and runs through April 2019.

Contact: Karen Burch
Senior Marketing Specialist

(608) 264-6086

karen.burch@dva.wisconsin.gov 
 

MEDIA COVERAGE FOR THE TALKING SPIRITS CEMETERY TOUR XVIII

October 17, 2016
 

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MADISON, Wis. (October 17, 2016)
- The Wisconsin Veterans Museum's event Talking Spirits Cemetery Tour XVIII has received the following media coverage.

MEDIA COVERAGE OF THE CIVIL WAR UNIT BATTLE FLAG DONATION TO WISCONSIN VETERANS MUSEUM

September 29, 2016
 
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MADISON, Wis (September 29, 2016)  – The Wisconsin Veterans Museum announced that a descendant of a Civil War soldier from the 2nd Wisconsin Cavalry  Regiment has donated a battle flag (guidon) to the museum’s permanent collection. The event  has received the following media coverage. 

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel  (Septmeber 29, 2016) 

WISCONSIN CIVIL WAR UNIT BATTLE FLAG RETURNS TO HOME STATE

September 22, 2016


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WISCONSIN CIVIL WAR UNIT BATTLE FLAG RETURNS TO HOME STATE

MADISON, Wis. (September 22, 2016)The Wisconsin Veterans Museum announced today that a descendant of a Civil War soldier from the 2nd Wisconsin Cavalry  Regiment has donated a battle flag (guidon) to the museum’s permanent collection. 

FAMED BALD EAGLE MASCOT “OLD ABE” CONFIRMED AS MALE DNA TESTING OF MASCOT’S FEATHERS ANSWERS 150 YEAR OLD DEBATE

July 14, 2016

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DNA TESTING OF MASCOT’S FEATHERS YIELD CONCLUSIVE RESULTS

MADISON, Wis. (July 14, 2016) – The Wisconsin Veterans Museum and University of Wisconsin-Madison Biotechnology Center Molecular Archaeology Group today announced that the Civil War bald eagle mascot “Old Abe” was a male, ending a 150 year-old controversy over the famed raptor’s gender.

MEDIA ALERT: WISCONSIN VETERANS MUSEUM PARTNERS WITH UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON BIOTECHNOLOGY CENTER MOLECULAR ARCHAEOLOGY GROUP (MAG) TO SOLVE 150 YEAR OLD DEBATE BY REVEALING RESULTS OF DNA ANA

July 14, 2016

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DNA TESTING OF MASCOT’S FEATHERS YIELD CONCLUSIVE RESULTS

What:       Wisconsin Veterans Museum partners with UW-Madison Biotechnology Center                    Molecular Archaeology Group (MAG) at UW-Madison to announce results of                                DNA analysis testing gender of Civil War mascot “Old Abe”
When:      10 a.m.
Where:     Wisconsin Veterans Museum Civil War Exhibit
                 30 W. Mifflin St.
                 Madison, WI 53703
Visuals:   Old Abe’s original feathers; Old Abe replica; historic articles depicting icon’s                                     gender debate

WISCONSIN VETERANS MUSEUM TO END 150 YEAR OLD DEBATE BY REVEALING RESULTS OF DNA ANALYSIS TESTING GENDER OF FAMED CIVIL WAR MASCOT “OLD ABE”

July 13, 2016

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DNA TESTING OF MASCOT’S FEATHERS YIELD CONCLUSIVE RESULTS

Please contact Karen Burch to arrange interviews regarding the background of Old Abe. Results of the DNA test will not be discussed until Thursday, July 14.

What:       Wisconsin Veterans Museum to announce results of DNA analysis testing gender                          of Civil War mascot “Old Abe”
When:      10 a.m.
Where:     Wisconsin Veterans Museum Civil War Exhibit
                 30 W. Mifflin St.
                 Madison, WI 53703
Visuals:   Old Abe’s original feathers; Old Abe replica; historic articles depicting icon’s                               gender debate

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