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: May 27, 2016 - March 1, 2017
Location: 30 W. Mifflin St.
This new 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 2017.
Date: October 19 - November 16, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: 30 W. Mifflin St. WVM Research Center, 3rd Floor
The Wisconsin Veterans Museum introduces WARRIOR BOOK CLUB AT THE MUSEUM. Join us as we explore the theme of deployment featured in The Things they Carried, Redeployment, and a modern translation of Philoctetes.
Books will be provided. Registration is free and required.
Dates: Sept. 21 | Oct. 19 | Nov. 16
Date: October 22, 2016
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Wisconsin Veterans Museum 30 W. Mifflin St.
The Wisconsin Veterans Museum presents
Madison Public Library's Wisconsin Book Festival
AMERICA'S WAR FOR THE GREATER MIDDLE EAST
Presenter: Andrew Bacevich, Author and veteran
Presented in partnership with the Madison Institute, retired army colonel and New York Times bestselling author Andrew J. Bacevich provides a searing reassessment of U.S. military policy in the Middle East over the past four decades.
From the end of World War II until 1980, virtually no American soldiers were killed in action while serving in the Greater Middle East. Since 1990, virtually no American soldiers have been killed in action anywhere else. What caused this shift? Andrew J. Bacevich, one of the country’s most respected voices on foreign affairs, offers an incisive critical history of this ongoing military enterprise—now more than thirty years old and with no end in sight.
Connecting the dots in a way no other historian has done before, Bacevich weaves a compelling narrative out of episodes as varied as the Beirut bombing of 1983, the Mogadishu firefight of 1993, the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and the rise of ISIS in the present decade. Understanding what America’s costly military exertions have wrought requires seeing these seemingly discrete events as parts of a single war. It also requires identifying the errors of judgment made by political leaders in both parties and by senior military officers who share responsibility for what has become a monumental march to folly. This Bacevich unflinchingly does.
A twenty-year army veteran who served in Vietnam, Andrew J. Bacevich brings the full weight of his expertise to this vitally important subject. America’s War for the Greater Middle East is a bracing after-action report from the front lines of history. It will fundamentally change the way we view America’s engagement in the world’s most volatile region.
Date: October 26, 2016
Time: 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Wisconsin Veterans Museum 30 W. Mifflin Street
The Wisconsin Veterans Museum is a participating location for Downtown Madison Family Halloween. Stop by and TRICK OR TREAT at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum and enjoy family Halloween activities on State Street and Capitol Square.
Halloween fun for families and kids 12 & under.
Date: November 11, 2016
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Wisconsin Veterans Museum 30 W. Mifflin St.
Wisconsin Veterans Museum and Schlitz Audubon Nature Center present
Eagle and Friends at the Museum
This program features our national symbol, the bald eagle, with a discussion about the importance of the bald eagle, and its relationship to veterans of the United States Armed Forces and Wisconsin. In addition to meeting the bald eagles, Glory (adult male) and Valkyrie (young female), a falcon and owl will be present for comparison. The 60-minute program begins at 11:30 am followed by a 30-minute meet-and-greet with the birds.
For questions contact Erin Hoag 608.264.7663 or email@example.com
Date: November 16, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: 30 W Mifflin St
City: Madison, WI
A Distinguished Lecture event
The Yankee Plague: Escaped Union Prisoners and the Collapse of the Confederacy
Presenter: Lorien Foote
Author and Professor of History at Texas A&M
During the final winter of the Civil War, more than 3,000 Union prisoners of war escaped from make-shift prisons in the Carolinas. Slaves and deserters from the Confederate army aided them on their journey back to Union lines. Their story sheds new light on what really happened inside the Confederacy during its final months.
Date: December 10, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location: University Club, 803 State Street
Join us for an evening of dancing and fun as you step back into the 1940s with the Wisconsin Veterans Museum HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS USO-Style Holiday Dance at the University Club in Madison.
Enjoy this WWII-era experience with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, dance all night to music, take beginner swing lessons at 7 PM. Period dress encouraged and awards given to best dressed. Opportunities to sponsor the museum’s upcoming World War I exhibit will be available by the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation Giving Tree.
$50 Student with ID | $60 Member | $80 Non-Member
Space is limited. Registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Erin Hoag 608.264.7663