Impact of Your Gift!
From dynamic exhibits to a wealth of information housed in the Research Center, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum offers endless opportunities for exploring, learning, and remembering. It is the home where our veterans’ stories are being told, where their memories are being held sacred, where their sacrifices are being remembered.
The outstanding staff at the museum do all that they can with their budgets to provide award-winning exhibits and programming. They desire to do more to tell the stories of our veterans and ensure that their legacies are never forgotten, and to do so they need our help. Gifts to the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation allow the Museum to go above and beyond to properly honor and preserve our veterans’ history, whether they served in the Civil War, present day conflicts or anywhere in between.
Your donations support new exhibits, public programs, artifact acquisition and conservation, and educational outreach efforts. It is this supplemental revenue contributed through the Foundation that creates the margin of excellence befitting the legacy of our state’s veterans.
The Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation supports all the Museum’s educational programs both in person and virtual, including Mess Night at the Museum, the Travel Trunk program, and Talking Spirits.
The Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation provides funding for Talking Spirits: Forest Hill Cemetery Tours. On the 90-minute walking tour, local actors share stories through portrayals of Wisconsin's soldiers and citizens buried at Forest Hill Cemetery. This award winning series is the Museum’s largest annual program, seeing over 2,500 visitors each year. New this year, the museum created an online 360 degree virtual tour! You can take your tour here.
Civil War Battle Flag Conservation
The Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation funds conservation of the Museum’s rare collection of Civil War battle flags. These flags are preserved and available for public viewing in the galleries on a scheduled basis and online at www.wisbattleflags.com.
Development of Exhibits
Along with the Museum’s permanent galleries, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation helps fund traveling and temporary exhibits. The most recent exhibit, In My Spare Moments: The Art of Harold F. Schmitz, features Harold’s collection of artwork, handwritten letters, and an oral history, that identifies a precise timeline of his military experience and reflects the stages of a multi-year deployment (1942-1945). At first, there is awe and intrigue of the unknown. As time goes by, fascination fades with the routine of work and writing home drops off. Harold’s escape from this monotony is a return to his love of Hollywood magazine illustration styles. Completed during his time in the South Pacific, these featured drawings are the lens through which we view Harold’s spare moments that inspired him to draw.
A new exhibit set to open in 2021, Souvenirs of Service: The Things They Kept, will feature touristy trinkets to deeply meaningful mementos, with a story behind every souvenir. The Wisconsin Veterans Museum invites you to come experience the diverse histories behind the keepsakes of U.S. service members in the new exhibit Souvenirs of Service: The Things They Kept. Through 150 years’ worth of souvenirs originating from around the world, you will learn how the universal human impulse to collect leaves us with both significant and uniquely personal ways to continue to connect with veterans of every era.
To support one of these projects, visit our donation page at: wisvetsmuseum.com/foundation/give-now/
Thank you for your support!
The WVMF is a 501©3 nonprofit organization. Donations to the Foundation are tax-exempt to the fullest extent allowed by law. To learn more or make your donation today contact the Foundation Office at (608)261-0536 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.