February 24, 2016



MADISON, Wis. (Feb. 22, 2016) –The Wisconsin Veterans Museum in Madison is honored to help visitors connect with the unique stories of Wisconsin’s past and present service men and women by hosting several events and presentations. The upcoming 2016 programs feature several brand new activities, including the opening of a new World War I exhibit in May, Spark events and Mess Night At The Museum events allowing the public to experience a long held formal military dining tradition while listening to a guest speaker. All events will be held at The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, located at 30 W. Mifflin St. in Madison. The Wisconsin Veterans Museum is an educational activity of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs. Events are free unless otherwise noted. Additional information about the events below can be found at https://wisvetsmuseum.com/events/.

WHEN: Tuesday, Mar. 8, 2016 – 10–11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Apr. 12, 2016 – 10-11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 – 10-11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 – 10-11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016 – 10-11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016 – 10-11:30 a.m.

Wisconsin Veteran’s Museum will host several 90-minute programs that work to tap into the pasts of those suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia while bringing families together. All programs include an art-based project for participants to work on individually or together.

WHAT: Selling War: Truth, Lies, and ‘Progress’ In The Vietnam War (Distinguished Lecture Series Event)
WHEN: Thursday, March 17, 2016 – 7–8:00 p.m.
WHO: Gregory Daddis, Professor, Author

Gregory Daddis is an author and professor at Chapman University who will discuss the controversy behind official backchannel messages and public pronouncements of progress during the critical year before the 1968 Tet Offensive. This event is part of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum’s Distinguished Lecture Series.

WHAT: Mess Night At The Museum: The Enemy At Home
WHEN: Thursday, May 5, 2016 – 6–8:00 p.m.
WHO: Cora Lee Kluge, Co-Director of Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies

This is the second in the series of Mess Night At The Museum events. Guest speaker Cora Lee Kluge, Co-Director of the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies, will explore anti-German American sentiments in the World War I era and German American thoughts about the hostile environment, especially in Wisconsin. The event will also feature a cocktail hour in the museum gallery and a special menu. Event registration is $22 for museum members and $30 for non-members.

WHAT: Madison’s Gallery Night – WAR : RAW Healing Military Trauma Through Expressive Art Exhibit
WHEN: Friday, May 6, 2016 – 5–9:00 p.m.

This is the last time for the public to experience the WAR : RAW Healing Military Trauma Through Expressive Art exhibit. The entire museum will be open during this event.

WHAT: New Temporary Exhibit – The Art of Persuasion: Mobilizing The Masses In World War I
WHEN: Friday, May 27, 2016 – May 1, 2017

This new exhibit examines the role of propaganda in shaping public opinion during World War I. The Art of Persuasion: Mobilizing The Masses in World War I will be on display in the museum’s temporary exhibit space until April 2017.

WHAT: Print-Making Summer Camp
WHEN: Tuesday, July 5-8, 2016 – 1–5:00 p.m.

Wisconsin Veteran’s Museum is partnering with the Madison Children’s Museum for the museum’s first Young Printer Makers Summer Camp. During this four-day afternoon camp, children ages 8-12 will learn about the various print making techniques. The first day will be spent working with Drew Matott of the Peace Paper Project to make paper. During the rest of the week, students will learn about block cutting, type-setting, and also use digital technology to create memes. Registration/Cancellation deadline: Monday, June 27, 2016.

WHAT: Peace Paper Project on State
WHEN: Tuesday, July 6, 2016 – 10:00 a.m–2:00 p.m.
WHO: Drew Matott

The public is invited to participate in the paper-making process! Peace Paper Project is an international community-arts initiative that utilizes paper-making as a form of trauma therapy, social engagement, and community activism. Guest artist Drew Matott uses the ancient tradition of hand paper-making as a vehicle for personal expression and cultural change. No registration is required.

WHAT: Talking Spirits Cemetery Tour XVII
WHEN: Oct. 8-9, 2016
WHERE: Forest Hill Cemetery – 1 Speedway Road, Madison, WI 53705

This annual event offers the public a chance to connect with the spirits of Wisconsin’s Civil War veterans and citizens buried at Forest Hill Cemetery. Actors portraying these local historical figures will guide attendees on a tour of the gravesites. New this year are Saturday Night Self-Guided Candlelit Tours and the ability to purchase tickets online. More details will be available at https://wisvetsmuseum.com/events/ as the event dates near.

WHAT: Home For The Holidays
WHEN: Saturday, December 10, 2016
WHERE: University Club – 803 State St., Madison, WI 53703

Wisconsin Veterans Museum closes out the event season with Home For The Holidays, a 1940s USO-style holiday dance at the University Club at 8 p.m. on Sunday, December 10. A live band will play swing, 1940s and holiday music. Guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres contemporary to the 1940s. Beginner swing dance lessons will be held at 7 p.m. More details will be available at https://wisvetsmuseum.com/events/ as the event nears.