TALKING SPIRITS CEMETERY TOURS

CEMETERY TOURS GO 360 THIS YEAR Because we want to keep everyone safe and healthy during the pandemic, we will not be presenting in-person cemetery tours this year. While we agree that this change is a disappointment, the museum staff will present Talking Spirits Cemetery Tours: Myths and Realities through a 360-degree virtual tour of Forest Hill Cemetery on Madison’s near west side. Click here to take the tour. All you need to view the tour is internet access, and a computer, tablet, or smart phone; no special applications are required. You can view the tour at any time and as many times as you like. Access is free.  

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MOVIE NIGHT: APOCALYPSE NOW

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 this virtual discussion, we will look at the 1979 film Apocalypse Now, starring Martin Sheen, Marlin Brando, Robert Duvall, and Laurence Fishburne. In this gripping and often surreal Vietnam War tale, an Army Captain is sent upriver to terminate the command of a once-revered Colonel. This event may not be suitable for younger audiences as this film contains graphic war violence, language, and is of a mature subject matter. 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 October 30th, 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 Sponsored by the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation

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Army Aviation in Vietnam: Flying for an Assault Helicopter Company

Join Vietnam Huey pilot Mr. Richard Berry as he discusses his experiences during the Vietnam War. Mr. Berry will use the numerous photos he took during his tour and data from his flight records to describe 1st Cavalry Division airmobile operations and air assault tactics employed during the Vietnam War. This presentation will not only focus on Mr. Berry’s experiences, but will also recognize the service of the many crew chiefs, door gunners and pilots who operated Army helicopters during the war. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation REGISTER

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Wisconsin African Americans in the Civil War

Join us for a special Curator Conversation: Make Way for Liberty—A Conversation about Wisconsin African Americans in the Civil War with ‘Make Way for Liberty’ author Jeffrey Kannel and Wisconsin Veteran Museum staff Kevin Hampton, curator of history, Christopher Kolakowski, museum director, and museum board member Nathaniel T. Millsap, Jr, USN Ret. The event is cohosted by the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation and Wisconsin Historical Society Press. REGISTER

TRIVIA NIGHT

Join us Tuesday, November 17th for Trivia Night and test your historical knowledge. Sign up as individuals or as a team and go head to head with other players from around the state. This free event will be based on 4 rounds of trivia, with each round focusing on topics associated with Wisconsin military history, to include: history, pop culture, names and places, events, and fun facts. For this virtual trivia night, you will need to download the Kahoot! app. This app will allow for the multiple choice questions we will use during each round. Simply log onto Kahoot! the night of the event and we will provide the access code. There is nothing to download and it's easy to use. Lots of fun will be had by all and prizes are given to the top 3 players/teams. This event is an educational component of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum and is made possible by the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation. REGISTER

VIRTUAL MESS NIGHT: HONORING THE HO-CHUNK WARRIOR

Please join us for our first Virtual Mess Night on November 19, 2020 at 7:00 pm. While we can’t all get together for a fantastic meal yet, we can welcome Professor Tom Jones from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Professor Jones will be speaking about his experiences with the Memorial Day celebrations of Ho-Chunk Veterans, a project that he has been involved with since 1998. Professor Jones is a Ho-Chunk member and his specialty lies in the photographic documenting of Native American Warriors, which he connects to their pride in home, family, and community. He joins a growing group of Native photographers who are expanding the portrayals of Native people with insider perspectives. REGISTER Sponsored by the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation

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Movie Night: 1917

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 this virtual discussion, we will look at the 2019 film 1917, starring George MacKay, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Dean-Charles Chapman. In a desperate race to deliver a message that could save thousands of troops during World War I, two British soldiers must brave danger and cross into enemy territory. This event may not be suitable for younger audiences as this film contains graphic war violence, language, and is of a mature subject matter. 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 November 27th, 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 Sponsored by the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation

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Vietnam: The Indochina Wars, 1945-1975

What we know today as "the Vietnam War" was actually part of a broader series of conflicts over three decades that emerged in French Indochina after World War II. Increasing United States involvement over the years culminated in a major war from 1965 to 1973 - the effects of which are still felt today.  Join Museum Director Chris Kolakowski and Curator of History Kevin Hampton as they explore this story, from the surrender of Japan to the Fall of Saigon.  REGISTER

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