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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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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