“I was Anxious to Go”: Women and the Military

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Join a discussion of women veterans in service as taken from their personal letters, diaries, and reminiscences, and what service meant to them at the time and later in their lives. Jennifer Van Haaften, assistant director, and Brittany Strobel, processing archivist, will share these stories from the Wisconsin Veterans Museum archives. REGISTER HERE

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Virtual Drink & Draw March

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Brief Description: Draw with inspiration from the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Collection.

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Trivia Night

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Join us for our virtual trivia night and test your historical knowledge.

Women in Aerospace: Stories from the Smithsonian Collection

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As a Smithsonian Affiliate, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum is proud to share this program with you. Dr. Margaret Weitekamp has researched and written on how a groundswell of support helped create a Lego set representing women’s contributions to aerospace. Join us for a discussion of how women have worked from the very beginning of aviation to innovate, and how museums have documented their stories. Featuring:  Margaret Weitekamp, PhD, Curator and Department Chair, Space History Department, National Air and Space Museum REGISTER HERE

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Curator Conversations WARdrobe: Examining the Military Service Uniform for Women

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From ill-fitting compromises to designer couture, the quest for uniformity with male counterparts has been almost as great of a struggle as the desire for women to serve. The museum staff will discuss the military uniform designs and regulations for women in service from WWI to present and they will examine the strengths and weakness of this evolution. REGISTER HERE

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Movie Night and Virtual Discussion – Platoon (1986)

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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. With Vietnam Veterans Day right around the corner (March 29), we will be discussing the gritty war drama Platoon (1986), starring Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe, Tom Berenger, John C. McGinley, and Forest Whitaker. Set in 1967, a young man leaves college and enlists in the U.S. Army for duty in Vietnam. Quickly disillusioned of his idealistic attitude toward the conflict, he faces the reality and horrors of war and man in this Academy Award winning film by Oliver Stone. Your mission is to watch the movie, which is available from most libraries or on streaming services, while thinking about the discussion questions we will provide you. On March 26th, 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. REGISTER HERE

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How to Index Oral Histories Using the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS)

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This beginner-level workshop will focus on using the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer (OHMS) for quickly providing access to oral histories utilizing the index function. The class explains the general purpose and uses of OHMS. This course will teach the user how to request access, set up initial metadata records, index oral histories (audio/video), and assign project users. This event is free and sponsored by The Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation. REGISTER HERE:

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Mess Night: Combat & Trust with Adam Holton

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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

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