Curator Conversations: The Spanish Civil War

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In James Madison Park sits a small monument, one of four in the United States to the International Brigades that fought in the 1936-39 Spanish Civil War. It lists the names of over forty Wisconsinites who fought for the Spanish Republic in the conflict, many seeing their first action eighty-five years ago this February and March as part of the famous Abraham Lincoln Battalion. Join Chris Kolakowski and Kevin Hampton for a look at the Spanish Civil War, the Lincoln Battalion and its members, and how the fighting influenced World War II. This event is free, virtual, and suitable for all ages. Please register in advance. REGISTER HERE Event sponsored by The Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation with support for the Foundation from Generac Power Systems.  

Free

Movie Night Virtual Discussion – Free State of Jones (2016)

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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. For March, we will discuss 2016's Free State of Jones.  REGISTER HERE Your mission is to watch the movie, which is available from most libraries or on streaming services (we will not be watching the movie the night of the program), while thinking about the discussion questions we will provide you. On March 25, 2022, 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. This event may not be suitable for children under the age of 16. Event sponsored by The Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation with support for the Foundation from Generac Power Systems.    

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Curator Conversations with Kenneth Smith, Jr- The Long Shadow of the Cold War: Milwaukee’s Civil Defense Program

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Historian Kenneth Smith, Jr. will examine the history of the Civil Defense program and the impact the Cold War had on Milwaukee’s Civil Defense plan. REGISTER HERE This program is free, open to the public, and is suitable for all ages. Event sponsored by The Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation with support for the Foundation from Generac Power Systems.

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Virtual Drink & Draw April

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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, open to anyone who registers, and is suitable for all ages. 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. Event sponsored by The Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation with support for the Foundation from Generac Power Systems.

Free

Book Talk with Laurence Desotell – The Captured, the Sick, and the Dead: Confederate Soldiers at Camp Randall

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Twelve hundred Confederate soldiers, mostly from Alabama and Tennessee regiments, were captured in the late winter of 1862 and taken to a POW camp in Wisconsin. In a period of six weeks, 140 of them died and were buried far from their southern homes. What were the backgrounds of these men? What were the movements of their regiments, their battles? Why did so many die? Author Laurence Desotell skillfully answers these questions in his carefully researched text. He also tackles a timely question: how to acknowledge the Confederate dead without championing their cause. REGISTER HERE This program is free and suitable for all ages. Event sponsored by The Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation with support for the Foundation from Generac Power Systems.

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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. 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

Mess Night: Cold War Wisconsin

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

Sorry, the event is SOLD OUT Join us for our April Mess Night featuring Chris Sturdevant as he talks about his 2018 book, Cold War Wisconsin. Chris is a U.S. Air Force veteran and chairman of the Midwest Chapter of the Cold War Museum in Washington, D.C. 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. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation.

Movie Night Virtual Discussion- Men in War (1957)

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Grab some popcorn and a seat in your favorite chair, and join us for a Movie 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 April, we will discuss 1957’s Men in War. REGISTER HERE Your mission is to watch the movie, which is available from most libraries or on streaming services (we will not be watching the movie the night of the program), while thinking about the discussion questions we will provide you. On April 29, 2022, 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. After you register, we will email you the discussion questions and a link to join the virtual discussion via Zoom.  This film may not be appropriate for all ages as there are some instances of combat violence, nudity, and strong language Event sponsored by The Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation with support for the Foundation from Generac Power Systems.

Free

Live from The Storefront: Veteran Artists Create

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

Featuring the temporary exhibit, “Wisconsin Was There: Sharing the Legacies of Printmakers Who Served in the Military” and the evening’s program will be our Live from the Storefront Window Series. Guest artists will create and discuss their artwork from the museum’s storefront windows. Passers-by can observe and are welcomed into the museum to tour the galleries and chat with the artist. This program is part of Gallery Night in downtown Madison. Click here for a venue list.

Free

Virtual Drink & Draw May

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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, open to anyone who registers, and is suitable for all ages. 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. Event sponsored by The Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation with support for the Foundation from 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. 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

Movie Night Virtual Discussion- The Keeping Room (2014)

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Grab some popcorn and a seat in your favorite chair, and join us for a Movie 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 May, we will discuss 2014's The Keeping Room. REGISTER HERE Your mission is to watch the movie, which is available from most libraries or on streaming services (we will not be watching the movie the night of the program), while thinking about the discussion questions we will provide you. On May 27, 2022, 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. After you register, we will email you the discussion questions and a link to join the virtual discussion via Zoom. This film may not be appropriate for all ages as there are some instances of combat violence, nudity, and strong language. Event sponsored by The Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation with support for the Foundation from Generac Power Systems.

Free