Mess Night: Combat & Trust with Adam Holton

Online WI

Join us via ZOOM for a discussion with Adam Holton, former Commanding Officer of Golf Company, 2nd Battalion, 24th Marines. In 2004 Holton took Madison-based Golf Company to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Holton arrived a few months after the situation in Iraq had turned into full-scale insurgency. Challenged with a mission in an area of operation that was almost 50% Shia and 50% Sunni, Holton and the members of Golf Company learned to build trust. Since returning from deployment, Holton has stayed connected with the important effort of supporting veterans and conveying the importance of our country fulfilling the social contract we have with them. Currently, he is writing a book telling stories of the individuals he served with. REGISTER HERE

Free

Curator Conversations – Tracing Private Ryan: World War II Genealogy

Online WI

Are you interested in filling in the stories of your ancestors who are World War II veterans? Have you been trying but you’ve run into roadblocks? Let Wisconsin Veterans Museum Reference Archivist, Russ Horton help.   Privacy laws, federal records destroyed in a fire, and a plethora of acronyms and military jargon can all combine to make researching a World War II veteran challenging. In this Curator Conversation, Russ will share methods and tips you can use to figure out the types of information to seek, ways to understand the information when you get it, and more as you trace the World War II ancestor in your family tree.  REGISTER HERE  

Free

Movie Night Virtual Discussion – The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

Online WI

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 yet, we can share discussion on major motion pictures that deal with the hardships, humor, and horrors of combat. Our film for April is the 1957 classic, The Bridge on the River Kwai. This WWII drama stars William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, and Sessue Hayakawa and focuses on British POW’s tasked to build a bridge while allied planners plot to destroy it.   Your mission is to watch the movie on your own and review the questions we provide you before this discussion event. On April 30, 2021, at 7:00 pm we’ll all meet via Zoom for a conversation 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 and suitable for all ages.  REGISTER HERE

Free

Curator Conversations – Akira Toki and the Purple Heart Battalion

Online WI

Tune in to this Curator Conversations and be inspired by the bravery of Japanese-Americans who served in the United States military during World War II. Many of the 20,000 Japanese-Americans who served, including a Madison, Wisconsin native named Akira Toki, did so as part of the 442nd Regimental Combat team. This unit was made up predominantly of Japanese-Americans who fought Nazis, prejudice, and questions about their loyalty. These brave men defeated them all, becoming one of the most decorated American units in the war and earning the nickname The Purple Heart Battalion.  REGISTER HERE

Free

Virtual Drink & Draw May

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Join us for our virtual Drink & Draw events as we 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 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.  Sponsor:  Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation  REGISTER HERE

Free

May Trivia Night

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Have fun testing your historical knowledge and join us for virtual trivia night. 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 game, we use the Kahoot! app. This app will allow for the multiple-choice questions we ask 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.  Sponsor:  Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation  REGISTER HERE

Movie Night Virtual Discussion – The Sand Pebbles (1966)

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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. The Sand Pebbles will be our feature for May, which is the story of naval gunboat crew on the Yangtze River facing upheaval in China during the mid-1920’s. Starring Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, Richard Crenna, and Candice Bergen, this Academy Award winning film deserves a spot on our list. Your mission is to watch the movie on your own and review the questions we provide you before this discussion event. On May 28, 2021, at 7:00 pm we’ll all meet via Zoom for a conversation 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 and suitable for mature audiences. REGISTER HERE

Free

Virtual Drink & Draw June

Online WI

Join us for our virtual Drink & Draw events as we 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 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.  Sponsor:  Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation  REGISTER HERE

Free

June Trivia Night

Online WI

Have fun testing your historical knowledge and join us for virtual trivia night. 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 game, we use the Kahoot! app. This app will allow for the multiple-choice questions we ask 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.  Sponsor:  Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation  REGISTER HERE

Free

Movie Night Virtual Discussion – Fury (2014)

Online WI

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. June brings us into tank combat on the European front as we watch the Brad Pitt drama Fury. This film looks at a young rookie assigned to a veteran sergeant’s tank crew as they push through Germany to deliver the final blow to Nazis.   Your mission is to watch the movie on your own and review the questions we provide you before this discussion event. On June 25, 2021, at 7:00 pm we’ll all meet via Zoom for a conversation 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 and suitable for mature audiences.  REGISTER HERE

17th Annual WVMF Golf Outing

The Oaks Golf Course 4740 Pierceville Rd, Cottage Grove

The 17th annual Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation golf outing is scheduled for Monday, July 12, 2021. The event will take place at the beautiful course at The Oaks Golf Course in Cottage Grove. Registration includes green fees, a cart with GPS, range balls, tee gifts, lunch and a heavy hors d'oeuvres reception following golf. Competitors will be divided into two separate divisions, allowing contestants the opportunity to compete with individuals in their own age group. Division one will be made up of contestants ages 65 and younger. Division two will be contestants ages 65 and older. Winners in both divisions will receive prizes!  All proceeds from this event support educational programs and exhibits at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!!! FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW! Thank you to our 2021 sponsors! Corporate Sponsors:                      Individual Sponsors: Michael Ely Tim Reiland & Liz Orella *Sponsorships are still available!* To learn more about our sponsor packages or to sign up to sponsor this event, please contact Jennifer Carlson at jennifer.carlson@wvmfoundation.com or (608) 576-2553.