Book Talk with Dr. John W. Coe (WI Book Festival event)

Wisconsin Veterans Museum 30 W. Mifflin St, Madison, WI

This book is based on a large collection of materials donated to the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola, Florida. They reveal, among other things, a highly regarded naval officer who sacrificed his career by releasing classified documents to the press and by chasing non-existent conspiracies, pursuits that eventually cost him his career.

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Movie Night Virtual Discussion – Mr. Roberts (1955)

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Grab some popcorn and a seat in your favorite chair, and join us for a Movie Night and Virtual Discussion with the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Staff. While we can’t all be together, we can share discussion on major motion pictures that deal with the hardships, humor, and horrors of combat. REGISTER HERE Mr. Roberts will be our feature film for October, which follows the story of a WWII supply officer aboard a cargo ship whose attempts at gaining a transfer are thwarted by a tyrannical captain. Starring Henry Fonda, James Cagney, Jack Lemmon, and William Powell, this comedic look at Navy life during WWII is a film not to be missed. Your mission is to watch the movie, which is available from most libraries or on streaming services (we will not be watching the movie the night of the program), while thinking about the discussion questions we will provide you. On October 29, 2021, at 7:00 pm we’ll all meet via Zoom for a discussion led by museum staff. We will cover themes such as conflict, politics, pop culture, the military, and movie-making. After you register, we will email you the discussion questions and a link to join the virtual discussion via Zoom. This event is free and open to the public. This event is suitable for all ages. Program funding made possible by the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation through the generous support of Generac Power Systems.    

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Book Talk with Dr. Brian Jordan- A Thousand May Fall: Life, Death, and Survival in the Union Army

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How did ordinary soldiers navigate the extremes of war? How did they make sense of their service and sacrifices? These are the questions at the heart of Brian Matthew Jordan's A Thousand May Fall, an intimate chronicle of the Civil War from the common soldier's perspective. At the heart of the tale is the 107th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, an ethnically German Union regiment caught in the crosshairs of Stonewall Jacksons flank attack at Chancellorsville--and decimated again two months later atop Blocher's Knoll at Gettysburg. Demonstrating how soldiers from a politically divided region weathered two devastating battles, the scourge of nativism, inconsistent support from home, and the ordeal of life on picket, this talk reveals the Civil War--and its long aftermath--anew. REGISTER HERE This event is suitable for all ages. Program funding made possible by the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation through the generous support of Generac Power Systems.    

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Book Talk with Dr. Teasel Muir-Harmony – Operation Moonglow: A Political History of Project Apollo

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On July 20th, 1969, over half the world’s population witnessed Neil Armstrong’s first step on the Moon. While often remembered as a scientific and technological feat, the ambitions of the Apollo program aimed far beyond the Moon. Through spaceflight, America sought to win hearts and minds, foster alliances, and shape the political trajectories of newly independent nations. Drawing on a rich array of untapped archives and firsthand interviews, Operation Moonglow knits together a story of politics and propaganda; diplomacy and spaceflight; decolonization and globalization to reveal the political forces that not only sent humans to the Moon but also attracted the largest audience in history. This event is suitable for all ages. Program funding made possible by the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation through the generous support of Generac Power Systems. REGISTER HERE  

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Mess Night: Joseph Tachovsky

Wisconsin Veterans Museum 30 W. Mifflin St, Madison, WI

Please join us for the return of our quarterly ‘Mess Night’ series to the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. This event features our popular dinner and lecture, presented by author Joseph Tachovsky. Mr. Tachovsky will be speaking about the formation of a specialized group of Marines and their preparations for the assault on Saipan. Author Joseph Tachovsky describes the creation of "40 Thieves on Saipan." His research into the platoon his father led in the WWII Battle for Saipan unearthed details and stories about this unique Special Operations platoon of Elite Marines. The oral histories of surviving members shed light into how the platoon got their nickname of the "40 Thieves," other nefarious antics, and their role in the Battle for Saipan, D-Day in the Pacific. Each MESS NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM features a guest speaker, topic, dinner, drinks, and time to socialize before and after the talk. Registration will be required before the event. Join us as we transform this historic naval tradition into our own. Please register in advance. $38 MEMBERS |  $46 NON-MEMBERS | $30 STUDENTS (W/ID) Sponsored by the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation.   REGISTER HERE  

Movie Night Virtual Discussion – All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

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Grab some popcorn and a seat in your favorite chair, and join us for a Movie Night and Virtual Discussion with the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Staff. While we can’t all be together, we can share discussion on major motion pictures that deal with the hardships, humor, and horrors of combat. For November, we will be looking at the 1930 powerhouse, All Quiet on the Western Front, starring Lew Ayres, Louis Wolheim, John Wray, Raymond Griffith, and Slim Summerville. Set during WWI, this film follows a group of German Schoolboys who enlist to fight during the war and highlights the tragedy of the conflict through the eyes of these soldiers. Your mission is to watch the movie, which is available from most libraries or on streaming services (we will not be watching the movie the night of the program), while thinking about the discussion questions we will provide you. On November 19, 2021, at 7:00 pm we’ll all meet via Zoom for a discussion led by museum staff. We will cover themes such as conflict, politics, pop culture, the military, and movie-making. After you register, we will email you the discussion questions and a link to join the virtual discussion via Zoom. This event is free and open to the public. This event is suitable for all ages. Program funding made possible by the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation through the generous support of Generac Power Systems. REGISTER HERE  

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Wisconsin Veterans Museum Trivia Night

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Join us for our virtual trivia night and test your historical knowledge. Sign up as individuals or as a team and go head to head with other players. This free event will be based on 3 rounds of trivia, with each round focusing on topics such as: history, pop culture, names and places, events, and fun facts. REGISTER HERE For this virtual trivia night, we will be using the Kahoot! app. This app will allow for the multiple choice questions we will use during each round. Simply log onto Kahoot.it the night of the event (either through your mobile device or on a separate browser tab) and we will provide the access code…nothing to download and easy to use. Lots of fun will be had by all and prizes are given to the top 3 players/teams. This event is suitable for all ages. Program funding made possible by the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation through the generous support of Generac Power Systems.    

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Virtual Drink & Draw December

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Join us for our virtual Drink & Draw events as our Artist In-Residence is joined by talented guest artists who lead you through a delightful drawing experience inspired by images from the Wisconsin Veterans Museum collection. So gather your supplies, pour yourself a beverage, and bring your artistic energy as we spend the evening together stretching our creative muscles. This event is free of charge and open to anyone who registers. We will send you a link to join the event after you register. Program funding made possible by the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation through the generous support of Generac Power Systems. REGISTER HERE  

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Wisconsin Veterans Museum Trivia Night

Online WI

Join us for our virtual trivia night and test your historical knowledge. Sign up as individuals or as a team and go head to head with other players. This free event will be based on 3 rounds of trivia, with each round focusing on topics such as: history, pop culture, names and places, events, and fun facts! For this virtual trivia night, we will be using the Kahoot! app. This app will allow for the multiple choice questions we will use during each round. Simply log onto Kahoot.it the night of the event (either through your mobile device or on a separate browser tab) and we will provide the access code…nothing to download and easy to use. Lots of fun will be had by all and prizes are given to the top 3 players/teams. This event is suitable for all ages. Program funding made possible by the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation through the generous support of Generac Power Systems. REGISTER HERE  

Free

Movie Night Virtual Discussion – Jarhead (2005)

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Grab some popcorn and a seat in your favorite chair, and join us for a Movie Night and Virtual Discussion with the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Staff. While we can’t all be together, we can share discussion on major motion pictures that deal with the hardships, humor, and horrors of combat. For December, we will look at the life of a Marine sniper during Operation Desert Storm with 2005’s Jarhead. Following the story of a Marine Corps recruit who is sent to Iraq during Operation Desert Storm, this film focuses on the uncertainty of war and home as this Marine tries to maintain his composure and return alive and unharmed. Your mission is to watch the movie, which is available from most libraries or on streaming services (we will not be watching the movie the night of the program), while thinking about the discussion questions we will provide you. On December 17, 2021, at 7:00 pm we’ll all meet via Zoom for a discussion led by museum staff. We will cover themes such as conflict, politics, pop culture, the military, and movie-making. After you register, we will email you the discussion questions and a link to join the virtual discussion via Zoom. This event is free and open to the public. This event is suitable for mature audiences as there is strong language throughout and graphic scenes of war violence. Program funding made possible by the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation through the generous support of Generac Power Systems. REGISTER HERE  

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