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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WORLD WAR 100: A CENTENNIAL SYMPOSIUM

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

OCTOBER 27- 28, 2017 

 

 WORLD WAR 100: A CENTENNIAL SYMPOSIUM

 


 

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.     

Speakers: Bruno Cabanes, Holly Case, Jennifer Keene, and Michael Neiberg.

Scheduled: 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*

 

 

 

                                 

New Temporary Exhibit: THE ART OF PERSUASION: MOBILIZING THE MASSES IN WORLD WAR I

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

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 4, 2017.


 

MESS NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: OUR BOYS IN FRANCE

Date: January 26, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: 30 W Mifflin St
City: Madison, WI

Travel back to 1918 with WVM Reference Archivist Russ Horton as he presents OUR BOYS IN FRANCE. Featured materials include: original scripts, slides, and supporting propaganda distributed by the U.S. government's Committee on Public Information.

Community leaders received these materials after the U.S. entered World War I and used them to drum up public support for the war effort. Experience what it was like to be in such a crowd almost 100 years ago and see firsthand how the American public viewed World War I.

$22/members $30/non-members

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

Register Here 

Registration/Cancellation deadline: Thursday, January 12th 

 

 

School Day Off at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum: Scavenger Hunt

Date: February 3, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: 30 W Mifflin St
City: Madison, WI

School Days Off at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum

Friday, February 3rd
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM 

Join us for drop-in, FREE family-friendly activities at the museum on "No School" days  for the Madison Metropolitan School District. Our first School Days Off at the Museum is Friday, February 3rd from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM.  

Feb. 3rd Scavenger Hunt: Go on a scavenger hunt through the museum and look for different kinds of propaganda used throughout history. Create your own propaganda poster at the interactive touch-table in the temporary WWI exhibit, The Art of Persuasion.

Spark!

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

WARRIOR BOOK CLUB

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

WARRIOR BOOK CLUB 

 

 

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 17: All That You’ve Seen Here is God: 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

Friday, March 31st
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM 

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!

School Day Off at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum: Tissue Paper Poppies

Date: April 6, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: 30 W Mifflin St
City: Madison, WI

School Days Off at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum

Thursday, April 6th
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM 

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.  

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.

Spark!

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

School Day Off at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum: World War I Gas Masks

Date: April 11, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: 30 W Mifflin St
City: Madison, WI

School Days Off at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum

Tuesday, April 11th
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM 

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.  

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.

School Day Off at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum: Clothespin Airplanes

Date: April 12, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: 30 W Mifflin St
City: Madison, WI

School Days Off at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum

Wednesday, April 12th
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM 

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.  

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.

School Day Off at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum: Miniature Lighthouses

Date: April 13, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: 30 W Mifflin St
City: Madison, WI

School Days Off at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum

Thursday, April 13th
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM 

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.  

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.

School Day Off at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum: Trench Art

Date: April 14, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: 30 W Mifflin St
City: Madison, WI

School Days Off at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum

Friday, April 14th
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM 

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.  

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.

WARRIOR BOOK CLUB

Date: April 19, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Madison Public Library Downtown 201 W Mifflin Street
City: Madison, WI
Book Club meets one Wednesday per month for March, April and May. This spring we will be reading in Learning to Stay, Catch 22, and All That You’ve Seen Here is God: Ajax. For the discussion about “Learning to Stay” we will be joined by the author, Erin Cellelo. Registration is free and deadline to sign up is March 1st.

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

 

MESS NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: MILWAUKEE'S WWII COMBAT CORRESPONDENTS

Date: April 27, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: 30 W Mifflin St
City: Madison, WI
Join journalist Meg Jones as she shares stories about photographer Dickey Chapelle, radio journalist H.V. Kaltenborn and Associated Press Berlin office chief Louis Lochner.

Registration is required. To register, contact visitor.curator@dva.wisconsin.gov

$22/members, $30/non-members

Spark!

Date: May 9, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: 30 W Mifflin St
City: Madison, WI
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.

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.

WARRIOR BOOK CLUB

Date: May 17, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: Madison Public Library Downtown 201 W Mifflin Street
City: Madison, WI
Book Club meets one Wednesday per month for March, April and May. This spring we will be reading in Learning to Stay, Catch 22, and All That You’ve Seen Here is God: Ajax. For the discussion about “Learning to Stay” we will be joined by the author, Erin Cellelo. Registration is free and deadline to sign up is March 1st.

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

 

Spark!

Date: June 13, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: 30 W Mifflin St
City: Madison, WI
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.

Spark!

Date: July 11, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: 30 W Mifflin St
City: Madison, WI
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.
The Wisconsin Veterans Museum is an educational activity of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs.