OCTOBER 2020 VIRTUAL! DRINK & DRAW

UPSIDE DOWN DRAWING Sometimes the world feels like it is turned upside-down, so let’s draw it that way! Drawing upside-down is an easy exercise to help you develop your ability to recognize shapes and lines in a picture. Here’s your opportunity to be an “artist-in- residence” at our virtual Drink

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Origins of Absentee Voting

By Russell Horton Reference Archivist …justice seems to demand that they should be rewarded in a different manner for their patriotism than by a loss of the most important right of citizenship. – Governor Edward Salomon When the Civil War began in April 1861, many people thought it would be

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September 2020 Virtual! Drink & Draw

Cartoons and Comedic Relief- PART II 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

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Victory in the Pacific Part VI: A Better World Shall Emerge

  Four days after Emperor Hirohito’s broadcast, a delegation of Japanese officials flew via Ie Shima to the Philippines to receive instructions about putting the surrender info effect. General Douglas MacArthur would govern Japan as Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers. On August 30 he flew to still-armed Japan in

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Service, Sacrifice, Incomplete Citizenship

  Most people who have studied World War I history are aware of the horrors endured and sacrifices made by our service members. Often, when we think of our citizens in military service, images of the Doughboys come to mind. Just as our government called men to military service, women

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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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