Wisconsin Veterans Museum | Events

The museum sponsors events and programs throughout the year, most of which are free. Please check this page regularly for updates.

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Date: January 1 - October 28, 2017
Location: Overture Center, Wisconsin Veterans Museum, Wisconsin Historical Society, Pyle Center (downtown Madison/Campus)
City: Madison

OCTOBER 27- 28, 2017 





The Wisconsin World War I Centennial Commission, Wisconsin Veterans Museum, Wisconsin Historical Society, and War in Society and Culture Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will host World War 100: A Centennial Symposium on October 27-28, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin.     


Bruno Cabanes, Professor & Donald G. & Mary A. Dunn Chair in Modern Military History, Ohio State University

Holly Case, Associate Professor of History, Brown University

Jennifer Keene, Associate Professor of History, Brown University

Michael Neiberg, Chair in War Studies, U.S. Army War College


Featured Speakers, paper presentations, and exhibits and tours at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum and Wisconsin Historical Society. *Detailed schedule coming soon*

Call for Papers: more information coming soon

Registration: more information coming soon

Hotel Information: more information coming soon 

 *Continue to check this website for updated information*

Learn more about Wisconsin in World War I at https://bit.ly/ww100wi




Date: January 2 - March 4, 2017
Location: 30 W. Mifflin St.
City: Madison

This exhibit examines the role of propaganda in shaping public opinion during the war. The Art of Persuasion: Mobilizing the Masses in World War I will be on display in our temporary exhibit space until March 4, 2017.


Distinguished Lecture: Elvis and the Atomic Army

Date: March 9, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: 30 W Mifflin St
City: Madison, WI

A Distinguished Lecture event

Elvis and the Atomic Army

Presenter: Brian Linn

Author and Professor of History at Texas A&M 


Join Brian Linn, Professor of History at Texas A&M University at theWisconsin Veterans Museum for a discussion about his book: Elvis and the Atomic Army.

In an era that threatened nuclear annihilation, the 1950s US Army claimed it could limit atomic warfare to the battlefield. It also declared it could turn Elvis and millions of his comrades into skilled warriors and patriotic citizens. Largely forgotten today, this unique American military experiment is crucial to understanding both Cold War America and today’s armed forces.


Date: March 14, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: 30 W Mifflin St
City: Madison, WI

Mar. 14 | Apr. 11 | May 9 | June 13  

July 11 10:00- 11:30 AM


SPARK! Cultural Programming for People with Memory Loss is a new program being held at museums and arts organizations throughout the state. 90-minute program sessions will tap into the pasts of those suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia. Participants will explore the WVM collections to create meaningful experiences in a welcoming and stimulating environment.

Free event, registration is required. Contact Erin Hoag at 608-264-7663 or  visitor.curator@dva.wisconsin.gov to register.


Date: March 15, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Madison Public Library Downtown 201 W Mifflin Street
City: Madison, WI


 Mar. 15 | Apr. 19 | May 17 7:00- 8:30 PM

Madison Public Library – Central Branch

201 W. Mifflin St. Madison, WI 53703 

This year the Wisconsin Veterans Museum WARRIOR BOOK CLUB is meeting at the downtown Madison Public Library-Central Branch.

Books feature this season are: 

March 15Learning to Stay by Erin Cellelo. (Featured guest: Erin Cellelo, Author)

April 19Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko

May 17All That You’ve Seen Here is God, a modern translation of Sophocles' Ajax by Bryan Doerries

 Books will be provided. Registration is free and required.

Registration ends March 1st.

To register, contact Erin Hoag at visitor.curator@dva.wisconsin.gov or 608-274-7663

School Day Off at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum: Paracord Bracelets

Date: March 31, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: 30 W Mifflin St
City: Madison, WI

School Days Off at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum

 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

March 31st | April 6, 11,12,13, & 14

Join us for drop-in, FREE family-friendly activities at the museum on "No School" days  for the Madison Metropolitan School District. School Days Off at the Museum is from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM.  

March 31st Paracord bracelets: One activity used to help veterans suffering from PTSD is to make paracord bracelets. Make your own bracelet and discover how calming it can be!

April 6th Tissue Paper Poppies: It’s 100 years ago today that the United States entered into WWI. Learn more about Wisconsin troops in France, why the poppy is often used as a symbol of remembrance for the war, and make your own tissue paper poppy. 

April 11th World War I Gas Masks: Learn about innovations and tactics used in WWI and how those innovations changed modern warfare. Make a simplified gas mask that people still use today. 

April 12th Clothespin Airplanes: The first time major battles are fought in the air is during WWI. Find out about some famous pilots from Wisconsin and make your own clothespin airplane model.

April 13th Miniature Lighthouses: The Navy and Coast Guard played important roles in WWI. Learn about what they did, how lighthouses were used to help the war effort, and build a miniature lighthouse of your own

April 14th Trench Art: Soldiers in the trenches of WWI made art out of things they found lying around. Choose from our stash of common found objects to make your own masterpiece.



Date: April 4, 2017
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Playhouse Theater | Overture Center for the Arts 201 State St, Madison, WI 53703
City: Madison


***This FREE performance of Learning to Stay is open to Veterans (+Family Members), Active Military (+Family Members), & Service Providers***



APRIL 4, 2017 7:30 PM

FREE ADMISSION: Veterans (+Family Members), Active Military (+Family Members), & Service Providers


Learning to Stay
Adapted from the novel by Erin Celello
Written by James DeVita
Directed by Jennifer Uphoff Gray
The world premiere of a play commissioned by Forward Theater

Elise Sabato is thrilled when her husband Brad returns from his deployment in Iraq, and their plans for a life and family together can finally be realized. But it soon becomes clear that for Brad, coming home is only the beginning of a long journey. It is up to Elise to find help for a man she no longer recognizes, who suffers from injuries that neither of them can see or understand.

With a story set in Madison, and written and adapted by Wisconsin actor and playwright, James DeVita, Learning to Stay asks what you would do when the person you’re married to is no longer the person you married.

A timely novel, but also a novel that speaks to the tides of any marriage, in peacetime or at war.”- Joseph Monniger, author of Margaret from Maine

Post-show talks with cast, author, and service providers will be held after the performance



Date: April 27, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: 30 W Mifflin St
City: Madison, WI

During World War II, three Milwaukeeans had front row seats to the fighting as influential war correspondents. Photographer Dickey Chapelle put her life on the line covering Marines on Iwo Jima and Okinawa before losing her life during the Vietnam War. Radio journalist H.V. Kaltenborn interviewed Hitler, covered the Czech Crisis of 1938 and announced the attack on Pearl Harbor to millions of stunned Americans. Associated Press Berlin Bureau Chief Louis Lochner had the distinction of being embedded with both the German army (before America entered the war) and the U.S. army in Europe.

Join Milwaukee author, journalist, and Iraq & Afghanistan war correspondent Meg Jones as she shares stories and photographs of these correspondents. Jones will compare and contrast the difficulties of getting your stories out of war-torn countries back to readers during WWII and present time, report on the unique vantage points, and the fascinating lives of these three combat correspondents.

Jones is a reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel who specializes in military and veterans issues. She has traveled to Iraq four times and three times to Afghanistan as an embedded reporter with Wisconsin National Guard and reserves troops since 2003. Meg was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2003 for stories about chronic wasting disease discovered in Wisconsin’s whitetail deer herd. She earned a B.A. in journalism and history from the University of Wisconsin and has taught at Marquette University.

$22/members $30/non-members

To register, contact Erin Hoag at 608.264.7663 | visitor.curator@dva.wisconsin.gov or


 Registration/Cancellation deadline: Thursday, April 13th

Cocktails with a Curator

Date: May 11, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: 30 W Mifflin St
City: Madison, WI


A happy-hour event series (yes, with drinks!) with the Museum's curators, who will share stories from the collections here at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum.

Registration is not required and the event is free to attend

Happy hour with a cash bar begins at 5:30 PM

The Wisconsin Veterans Museum is an educational activity of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs.