2013 Fall Programs at The Wisconsin Veterans Museum

September 3, 2013

2013 Fall Programs at The Wisconsin Veterans Museum

(MADISON) ― The Wisconsin Veterans Museum has a number of interesting programs planned this fall.  All programs are free, and open to the public. They are hosted in The Wisconsin Veterans Museum’s 2nd Floor Education Center, unless otherwise noted.

When:              Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Topic: Eternal Bivouac
Lecture and Discussion
Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street, Madison
Speakers: Margaret Berres, Curator, Oak Creek Historical Society, and Tom Ludka, Veterans Service Officer, Waukesha County

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.

When:              Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 7 PM
Topic:              African American Faces of the Civil War: An Album
Lecture and Book Signing
Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street, Madison
Speaker:           Ron Coddington, Author and Historian

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 from 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S. Coddington spent four years collecting original, unpublished portraits of a representative sample of these men, and researching their compelling stories.

When:                          Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 7 PM
Topic:            Wisconsin Germans, Abolitionism, and the Civil War
Lecture and Discussion
Location:          Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street, Madison
Speaker:           Dr. Alison Efford, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Marquette University

Wisconsin’s large German population has always been a major feature in the State’s history. Through examples of some of Wisconsin’s German-born Civil War soldiers, like Bernhard Domschke, editor of the Milwaukee Atlas and Milwaukee’s most vocal German opponent of slavery, Alison Efford, will explore the role of Wisconsin’s German population during the Civil War, their attitudes toward the war, and their impact on its outcome.

To schedule interviews with speakers or museum staff, contact Kevin Hampton at (608) 261.5409. Where book signings are mentioned, books will be available for purchase both before and after the events specified. The Wisconsin Veterans Museum is a free public educational activity of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs and is located at 30 W. Mifflin St., across the street from the State Capitol. For more information go to www.wisvetsmuseum.com.


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