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.

Did you miss a program at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum? Visit our YouTube and Vimeo channels to watch our award-winning programs or find links to select past events here.

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

Date: May 27, 2016 - March 1, 2017
Location: 30 W. Mifflin S
City: Madison

This new exhibit will examine 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.


SPARK!

Date: July 5, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: 30 W. Mifflin St
City: Madison
*FREE event, registration is required*

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. 

 

WVM PAPER WORKSHOP ON STATE

Date: July 6, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location: 30 W. Mifflin St
City: Madison

Peace Paper Project is an international community-arts initiative that utilizes paper making as a form of trauma therapy, social engagement, and community activism. Veteran Paper Workshop provides veterans with a platform to share their stories.

Guest artist Drew Matott uses the ancient tradition of hand papermaking as a vehicle for personal expression and cultural change. The portable studio model is the cornerstone of the Project and we’re taking it to the streets! Pedestrians are invited to become participants in the papermaking process. No registration is required.

To learn more about this project, visit the webpage here: Paper Project.

 

SPARK!

Date: July 7, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: 30 W. Mifflin St
City: Madison

*Free event, registration is required*

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. 

 

 

 

ART AT THE MUSEUM: WVM PAPER WORKSHOP

Date: July 7, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Location: 30 W. Mifflin S
City: Madison

 Register here!

Guest artist, Drew Matott uses the ancient tradition of hand papermaking as a vehicle for personal expression and cultural change with veterans. Come learn about the Veterans Paper Project and participate in a hands-on papermaking workshop using military uniforms. Light refreshments will be provided.  

 
Advance registration is required. For more information or to register, please contact Erin Hoag, Education Specialist, at 608-264-7663, or email visitor.curator@dva.wisconsin.gov.

12th Annual Golf Outing

Date: July 11, 2016
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Location: The Oaks Golf Course
City: Madison

SOLD OUT

The 12th annual Wisconsin Veterans Museum golf outing, is scheduled for Monday, July 11, 2016. The event will take place at the beautiful course at The Oaks Golf Course in Cottage Grove.

The fee for individual golfers is $95 before June 10th and $125.00 after June 10th. Price includes green fees, cart with GPS, range balls, tee gifts, lunch and a heavy hors d' eourves reception following golf. Register online by clicking here.

All proceeds from this event support educational programs and exhibits at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum.

 WE NEED YOUR HELP! We currently are seeking sponsors and prize drawing donations. View the downloadable form below for information. If you are interested, contact Eileen Newcomer at eileen.newcomer@wvmfoundation.com or (608) 261-0536.

All proceeds from this event support educational programs and exhibits at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum.

SPARK!

Date: August 9, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: 30 W. Mifflin St
City: Madison

*FREE event, registration is required*

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.

 

This month, participants will meet in the museum galleries to look at some chosen artifacts in the collection. There will be informal discussion, conversation and observation in the gallery.
 

MESS NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: MRE (MEAL READY TO EAT) CHALLENGE

Date: August 18, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: 30 W. Mifflin S
City: Madison

Register here!

Ever had an MRE (Meal Ready to Eat)? Try our version, transformed by talented chefs from Madison's own, Food Fight Restaurant Group. During your meal, learn how soldiers were fed from the Civil War to the present day.

 

 

FALL GALLERY NIGHT

Date: October 7, 2016
Time: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: 30 W. Mifflin S
City: Madison

Join us for Madison Gallery Night presented by the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Explore the Museum and experience our new temporary exhibit The Art of Persuasion: Mobilizing the Masses in World War I.


TALKING SPIRITS CEMETERY TOUR XVIII

Date: October 8-9, 2016
Location: Forest Hill Cemetery
City: Madison
The Eighteenth Annual Talking Spirits Cemetery Tour at Forest Hill Cemetery will take place the first week of October.  New this year are Saturday night Candlelit Tours, and the ability to purchase tickets online for public day Sunday tours. Purchasing tickets online will allow you to book preferred time slots of tours. 

Tuesday, Oct. 4-Friday, Oct. 7: Talking Spirits Cemetery Educational/School Tours available. For more information or to book at tour, contact us at (608)-264-7663 or by email at visitor.curator@dva.wisconsin.gov

Saturday, Oct. 8: Experience the evening at the cemetery with the first-ever Candlelit Tour of Forrest Hill Cemetery (more information available early Summer).

PUBLIC DAY-Sunday, Oct. 9: Join us for the Eighteenth Annual Talking Spirits Cemetery Tour Public Day tours. On the 90-minute walking tour, local actors portray the contributions of Wisconsin Civil War soldiers and citizens buried at Forest Hill Cemetery. Sunday Tours leave every 20 minutes starting at 12:00 PM-4:00 PM. Purchase tickets online for public day Sunday tours. Purchasing tickets online will allow you to book preferred time slots of tours.  Online ticket purchase will become available early Summer.


 

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Date: December 10, 2016
Time: 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location: University Club
City: Madison

To close out or event season and welcome the holiday spirit, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum will feature Home for the Holidays, a 1940s USO-Style holiday dance at the University Club, 8 PM on Saturday, December 10th. A live band will play swing, 1940s and holiday music. Guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres contemporary to the 1940s. Join us at 7 PM for beginner swing dance lessons.

Registration is required, ticket price is to be determined. 

 

 

 

 

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