OCTOBER 27, 2014

Contact: Carla Vigue
(608) 266-0517


UW-Platteville and UW-Whitewater kick off program with exhibits beginning Oct. 28 and Nov. 11

MADISON, Wis. (Oct. 27, 2014) – The Wisconsin Veterans Museum today announced the
launch of the Marching Across the State traveling exhibits program, which features four unique exhibits that help bring the stories and sacrifices of Wisconsin’s veterans to life.

The program aims to make the museum’s exhibits more available to a broader audience. Organizations like universities, nonprofit groups and other venues can rent the traveling exhibits free or for a low cost through the museum.

“We work hard to honor Wisconsin’s veterans and connect our visitors with their unique stories,” said Michael Telzrow, director of the museum. “This new traveling exhibit program will help even more people learn about the brave sacrifices of our past and present veterans.”

The four exhibits included in the program are:

  • “Fur, Feathers and Fidelity: Military Mascots,” which features photos and information about the military mascots that are a large source of pride and morale for our troops.
  • “Working Warriors: Military Life Beyond Combat,” which explores many of the traditionally non-combat roles of military servicemembers. This exhibit is a part of the Wisconsin Humanities Council “Working Lives” project.
  • “Zingale: Artist Turned Sailor,” which features 13 original charcoal sketches completed by Santos Zingale while aboard the USS Bremerton during WWII. The sketches provide an intimate view of daily life on the ship.
  • “Watercolors of Corporal John Gaddis: Documenting the Civil War,” which features 14 watercolors painted by John Gaddis while serving with the 12th Wisconsin Infantry. The paintings feature scenes from Wisconsin, Camp Randall, Kansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is the first organization to take advantage of the new program by hosting the “Fur, Feathers and Fidelity: Military Mascots” exhibit from Oct. 28 through Nov. 21 at the Harry and Laura Nohr Gallery in Platteville. The university will kick off the exhibit with a free public reception Oct. 28 from 5 to 7 p.m.

In addition, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater will host the “Working Warriors: Military Life Beyond Combat” exhibit from Nov. 11 through Nov. 20. The exhibit will be on display at the Roberta Fiskum Art Gallery at 800 W. Main Street in Whitewater and the public is invited to attend a special reception Nov. 11 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Marching Across the State is funded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information about the traveling exhibits program, visit  our Traveling Exhibits page or call 608-261-0542.


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