DECEMBER 2020 VIRTUAL! DRINK & DRAW

Holiday Greetings It looks like we will all be staying home this year for the Holiday Season so what better way to share festive tidings of cheer than to create some homemade greetings? Join us for a special Holiday Drink & Draw where we will sip eggnog and make things

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World War WHERE?

By Russell Horton Reference Archivist When Janesville native Louis Wayne Tyler was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II, he probably imagined he would eventually deploy to the European or Pacific Theaters. He might have considered the possibility of going to North Africa or the China-Burma-India Theater. He

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Suffrage Through Service: How Military Service Expanded Voting Rights

By Russell Horton Reference Archivist Throughout U.S. history, men and women in the military have risked their lives to protect the civil rights we enjoy as citizens. Beyond protection, their brave service has also affected some of those rights over the past 150 years. In particular, military service has changed

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Just a Few C.B.I. G.I.s Back from the War

Written by Andrea Hoffman, Wisconsin Veterans Museum Collections Manager With the European and Pacific Theaters garnering most of the attention during World War II—both in regard to resources and the public’s interest—the China-Burma-India Theater became known as the “Forgotten Theater” despite its strategic significance during the war. In the early 1940s, the

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Indigenous Wisconsin Veterans

By Russell Horton Reference Archivist The Indigenous Peoples of Wisconsin have a long and proud history of serving in the United States military. From the American Revolution, in which the Oneida were one of the few Native nations to side with the colonists, to the present, when Wisconsin Native men and women serve

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Remembering the USS Cole (DDG 67) 20th Anniversary

    Pierside Ceremony and Wreath Dedication Norfolk, VA Monday, Oct. 12, 2020 beginning at 10:15 am EST Guest Speakers Adm. Christopher W. Grady, Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command Retired Adm. Robert J. Natter, Commander, U.S. Atlantic Fleet/Fleet Forces Command Cmdr. Edward Pledger, Commanding officer, USS Cole (DDG 67) In

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Evolution of Absentee Voting from the Civil War to WWII

By Russell Horton Reference Archivist World War II brought changes to many aspects of the United States military. The sheer scale of the conflict forced government leaders and military officials to seek new and different ways to carry out the war effort, from equipment and arms to tactics and strategy.

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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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