Exhibit Selected for National Award

MADISON, WIS (June 20, 2024) — The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) in Nashville, TN proudly announced that the Wisconsin Veterans Museum is the recipient of an Award of Excellence for its exhibit, Souvenirs of Service: the Things They Kept. The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in

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WDVA Secretary and Veterans Museum Staff Deliver 600+ Birthday Wishes to WWII Veteran

Madison, Wis. (September 27, 2023) More than 600 birthday cards were sent from around the world to WWII veteran and soon-to-be 103-year-old Lt. Col. (Ret.) Harry Baker. Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary-designee James Bond, Wisconsin Veterans Museum Director Chris Kolakowski, and Museum Marketing Manager Jen Stevenson hand-delivered these cards

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1941 Harry D. Baker ROTC Lt. Cadet MSC

Wisconsin World War II Veteran Harry Baker to Celebrate 103rd Birthday

For Immediate Release Wisconsin World War II Veteran Will Celebrate 103rd Birthday Wisconsin Veterans Museum Collecting Birthday Cards MADISON, Wis. (August 22, 2023) — Wisconsin World War II veteran, Harry Dillon Baker will celebrate his 103rd birthday on October 9th. At the request of his family, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum staff is asking

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Rows of archival boxes at the State Archive Preservation Facility in Madison

Federal Grant Awarded to Wisconsin Veterans Museum

The Wisconsin Veterans Museum (WVM) will received $66,371 for a collection digitization project from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Museums for America grant program. Madison, Wis. (August 7, 2023) The Wisconsin Veterans Museum (WVM) will received $66,371 for a collection digitization project from the Institute

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Photo taken at the memo of agreement signing between the Ho-Chunk Nation and the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, an educational activity of the WDVA. The Ho-Chunk Nation and the Wisconsin Veterans Museum staff will collaboratively gather oral histories from Ho-Chunk Nation veterans to be preserved by the Ho-Chunk Nation. A master copy of each interview will be included in the oral history collection of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. The agreement ensures the stories of Ho-Chunk Nation veterans are treated with cultural sensitivity and respect as led by the Ho-Chunk Nation and that the Ho-Chunk Nation is represented in the military history of Wisconsin.

Ho-Chunk Nation and WDVA/WVM Sign Historic Agreement

Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, Wisconsin Veterans Museum and Ho-Chunk Nation Create Joint Oral History Program Documenting the Lives of Ho-Chunk Veterans Madison, Wis. (May 19, 2023)  On Wednesday, May 17, 2023 at the Ho-Chunk Nation Museum and Cultural Center in Tomah, WDVA Secretary-designee James Bond and Ho-Chunk Nation Vice

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Concept Rendering of WVM Building

W. Jerome Frautschi Gives $10 million to Building a New Wisconsin Veterans Museum

NEWS FROM THE WISCONSIN VETERANS MUSEUM FOUNDATION FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Madison, Wis. (March 28, 2023) W. Jerome Frautschi Gives $10 million to Building a New Wisconsin Veterans Museum MADISON, WI – Madison philanthropist, W. Jerome Frautschi, pledged $10 million to the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation to help the Wisconsin Department

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Vietnam War image

50th Anniversary of End of Vietnam War Marked at Wisconsin Veterans Museum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Madison, Wis. (March 24, 2023) - On March 29, 1973, U.S. ground forces withdrew from South Vietnam. The withdrawal officially ended years of war that forever marked a generation. To mark the 50th anniversary of the official end of the Vietnam War, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum will

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PRESENTATION-Kolakowski & Admiral Rucker

On Wisconsin – a New Meaning!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Madison, WI (April 19, 2022) – Yesterday at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum in Madison, the USS Wisconsin Association accepted a piece of the SSBN 827 Wisconsin, to be commissioned USS Wisconsin upon completion, from Rear Admiral (select) Jonathan Rucker on behalf of Governor Tony Evers and the

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Wisconsin Was There Art Exhibit

Veteran Art Exhibition Opens 3/16/22

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wisconsin Veterans Museum to Open Veteran Art Exhibition in Conjunction with the Southern Graphics Conference International Hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, Wis. (March 3, 2022) — On March 16, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum will open a new exhibit, “Wisconsin Was There: Sharing the Legacies of Printmakers

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Smithsonian Chooses Museum for Community Engagement Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wisconsin Veterans Museum to Collaborate with Smithsonian and International Coalition of Sites of Conscience on Year-Long Community Engagement Initiative   MADISON, Wis. (Feb. 10, 2022)  This Smithsonian Institution has selected the Wisconsin Veterans Museum to participate in the Fostering Critical Conversations with Our Communities program. The museum

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