Hiroshima Aftermath

Wisconsin and the Bombing of Hiroshima

On August 6, 1945, Hiroshima became the first victim of an atomic attack. For the first time, nuclear weapons had been used in war. Wisconsin was there.  Twelve days before, on July 25, the War Department instructed General Carl Spaatz, commander of Strategic Air Forces in the Pacific, to use

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Part V: THE END OF THE WAR

On June 18, the day General Buckner was killed, President Harry Truman met with his senior military and civilian advisors to discuss the next steps in the war against Japan. General MacArthur estimated 100,000 U.S. losses in the first 30 days of an invasion of the Japanese home islands, while

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August 2020 Virtual! Drink and Draw

Cartoons and Comedic Relief Here’s your opportunity to be an “artist-in- residence” at our virtual Drink and Draw. Our guest artist, Hannah Sandvold, will lead you through a delightful drawing experience inspired by images from the Wisconsin Veterans Museum collection. Gather your supplies, pour yourself a beverage, and bring your artistic

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JULY 2020 VIRTUAL! DRINK & DRAW

Navy Week 2020 July 13-17, 2020 is Navy Week in Madison. This year, the programs will be hosted virtually. In honor of the celebration we have chosen images with a naval theme. #NavyWeek We would also like to welcome tonight’s guest artist, Hannah Sandvold. Please view Hannah’s work here: http://www.hcsandvold.com

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What’s It All For? a Reflection on Empathy and Our National Discourse

Written by Kevin Hampton, Curator of History This time of year, with patriotic holidays like Memorial Day, the anniversary of D-Day, Flag Day, Juneteenth, and the 4th of July, there is always a natural focus on the American historical identity. This interest usually comes in the form of a passive

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Part IV: Okinawa: Victory

  The remnants of Ushijima’s army, now reduced to 30,000 men, only 11,000 of whom were trained infantrymen, desperately dug in along a range of hills six miles south of Shuri. This position, which Ushijima ordered to be held to the death, centered on Kunishi Ridge and two hills named

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A Lesson in Resiliency From the Bataan Death March

At the end of the Spanish-American War in 1898, Spain ceded the Philippines to the United States. A Philippine insurrection against the United States began almost immediately and ended in 1902 with the United States controlling the territory until the Japanese invasion in December of 1941. Choosing deployment to the

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family research

Gather Stories of Your Family’s Veterans with Research Resources from the Wisconsin Veterans Museum

Genealogy, or learning about one’s ancestors, has been growing in popularity lately with the addition of so many resources to the internet. It has never been easier to search census records, ship passenger lists, or burial records from the comfort of your own home. And with so many people staying

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