Book Talk with Annette Grunseth- Combat and Campus: Writing Through War

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Join us for a Book Talk with Annette Langlois Grunseth – Combat and Campus: Writing Through War  An infantryman's riveting letters from Vietnam, preserved for fifty years by his family, share experiences of living the war that are honest, raw, and graphic. A journalist and soldier with the 25th Infantry Division, riding armored personnel carriers into rice paddies, engaging in night time sweeps of the combat area, Sgt. Peter Langlois chronicles the smells, sights, and sounds during some of the darkest days of the war from 1968 - '69. He would return home to a nation still protesting the war in which his younger sister, Annette, had walked to class behind National Guardsmen marching across the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Their correspondence and her poetry offer a unique perspective of the war in Vietnam and social change happening at home. Together, they share what was learned and what was lost. This program is suitable for all ages. Program funding made possible by the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation through the generous support of Generac Power Systems. REGISTER HERE  

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Curator Conversations: Dissecting the Ukraine Conflict

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You've heard about the conflict over Ukraine in the news lately. Join historians Chris Kolakowski and Kevin Hampton for a timely Curator Conversation to explore why this area is contentious, the history and geography of this region, and how these factors impact the headlines today.  This is a virtual event that is free and suitable for all ages. Please register in advance. REGISTER HERE Program funding made possible by the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation through the generous support of Generac Power Systems.

Free

Virtual Drink & Draw January with Army Veteran Guest Artist: Amber Zora

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Welcome to Sumi Ink Painting. Using an image from the  Wisconsin Veterans Museum collection, guest artist Amber Zora will teach about Sumi Ink Painting and explore materials with essentials about paper, brushes, brush strokes, controlling water, and ways to use your brushes to the fullest abilities. You will look at the elements of composition and design principles in historical ink paintings to discover how artists have used negative space. Also, we will discuss different image transfer techniques to map out a composition. Let's start working on an ink painting together and by the end of the course you will have the techniques you need to complete your ink painting on your own. REGISTER HERE Materials Needed or Purchase a kit for $12 plus shipping here   PLEASE NOTE:  Due to increased USPS shipping times, kits ordered after noon on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 is not guaranteed to arrive in time for prepping before the event. Paper - Watercolor Paper (Cotton, 9”x12”) Arches 140 lb cold press is great if you have it. A small bottle of sumi inkTwo jars of waterBrushes - 3 Round Brushes: 1 small (#2 - 4), 1 Medium (#6 - 8), 1 Large (#12 - 14)Paper towelPalette - 3 separate mixing areasPencil and eraser PLEASE READ: Prior to the event please visit our blog for a sketching activity you are requested to complete prior to the event. Short Bio:Amber Zora is an interdisciplinary artist based in Rapid City, SD. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Photography + Integrated Media from Ohio University. Zora has exhibited her work in local and national galleries including the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Las Vegas Contemporary Art Center and the National Veteran Art Museum, among other notable spaces. Zora was enlisted in the US Army for eight years and deployed to Qayyarah West, Iraq as an ammunition specialist from 2006-2007 with the 592nd Ordnance Company. 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. Drink & Draw events are a longstanding tradition in the art community where people gather to draw in a welcoming environment without inhibitions. Although the events often coincide with happy-hour style programming, there is no requirement or emphasis on alcoholic consumption. Some of the best attended Drink & Draws are dry and we are just fine with that. If you or a loved one is a veteran struggling with alcohol or drug abuse, please reach out to your local VA or the Veterans Crisis hotline. REGISTER HERE Program funding made possible by the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation through the generous support of Generac Power Systems.    

Free

Wisconsin Veterans Museum Trivia Night

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Join us for our virtual trivia night and test your historical knowledge. 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 virtual trivia night, we will be using the Kahoot! app. This app will allow for the multiple choice questions we will use during 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. This event is suitable for all ages. Program funding made possible by the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation through the generous support of Generac Power Systems. REGISTER HERE  

Free

Mess Night: Shayne Jarosz

Wisconsin Veterans Museum 30 W. Mifflin St, Madison, WI

Join us for our first Mess Night of 2022 featuring Shayne Jarosz, Special Events Coordinator at the Iwo Jima Association of America. Iwo Jima was returned to the nation of Japan in 1968, and the U.S. maintained an agreement that veterans or family would be able to visit Iwo Jima anytime they wanted to return. 75 years after the battle, the island is closed. Now, the Iwo Jima Association is the only organization authorized to travel to the island. Jarosz discusses the Battle of Iwo Jima's legacy and how we as Americans can help keep the island open. Each MESS NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM features a guest speaker, topic, dinner, drinks, and time to socialize before and after the talk. Registration will be required before the event. Join us as we transform this historic naval tradition into our own. Please register in advance. $38 MEMBERS |  $46 NON-MEMBERS | $30 STUDENTS (W/ID) REGISTER HERE Sponsored by the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation.  

Book Talk with Mark Trapp- A Destiny of Undying Greatness: Kiffin Rockwell and the Boys who Remembered Lafayette

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A Destiny of Undying Greatness: Kiffin Rockwell and the Boys who Remembered Lafayette – A look at the boys who volunteered to fight in France while the U.S. sought neutrality. This event is free and suitable for all ages. Program funding made possible by the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation through the generous support of Generac Power Systems. REGISTER HERE  

Free

Virtual Drink & Draw February

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Cold days, warm colors. Grab your colored pencils and draw images of the cold using warm tones. Join us for our virtual Drink & Draw events as our Artist In-Residence, Yvette Pino, leads you through a delightful drawing experience inspired by images from the Wisconsin Veterans Museum collection. So 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. REGISTER HERE Drink & Draw events are a longstanding tradition in the art community where people gather to draw in a welcoming environment without inhibitions. Although the events often coincide with happy-hour style programming, there is no requirement or emphasis on alcoholic consumption. Some of the best attended Drink & Draws are dry and we are just fine with that. If you or a loved one is a veteran struggling with alcohol or drug abuse, please reach out to your local VA or the Veterans Crisis hotline. Program funding made possible by the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation through the generous support of Generac Power Systems.    

Free

Wisconsin Veterans Museum Trivia Night

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Join us for our virtual trivia night and test your historical knowledge. 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 virtual trivia night, we will be using the Kahoot! app. This app will allow for the multiple choice questions we will use during 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. This event is suitable for all ages. Program funding made possible by the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation through the generous support of Generac Power Systems. REGISTER HERE  

Free

African American Research: Strengthening and Connecting Families Through Genealogy

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Join the Wisconsin Veterans Museum and President of the African American Genealogical Society of Milwaukee Patricia Glover-Howard, for a workshop focusing on African American genealogy. This program is suitable for children, youth, and adults. We will provide military, local, state, federal and national resources for the genealogical journey. Case studies, DNA and other examples will be used to create the Family History Toolkit. This event is free, virtual, and suitable for all ages. REGISTER HERE Event sponsored by The Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation with support for the Foundation from Generac Power Systems.

Free

Wisconsin Veterans Museum Trivia Night

Online WI

Join us for our virtual trivia night and test your historical knowledge. 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. REGISTER HERE For this virtual trivia night, we will be using the Kahoot! app. This app will allow for the multiple choice questions we will use during 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. This program is suitable for all ages. Event sponsored by The Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation with support for the Foundation from Generac Power Systems.  

Free
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Artists Demonstrate Printmaking

View veteran artists Shawn Ganther, Ash Kyrie, Yvette Pino as they demonstrate printing techniques from the museum front window. Anchor Press, Paper & Print in Kenosha will bring a printing press on wheels and give a live demonstration. All ages welcome.

Free