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.

Talking Spirits Cemetery Tour XVI

Date: October 12, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Forest Hill Cemetery, 1 Speedway Road
City: Madison

Time: Tours leave every 20 minutes from 12pm through 4pm

Join us on Sunday October 12th for the sixteenth-annual Talking Spirits Cemetery Tour, held at beautiful Forest Hill Cemetery in Madison. On this 90 minute walking tour, local actors will portray important Civil War-era figures buried at Forest Hill.

A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico

Date: October 16, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison

Dr. Amy Greenberg, Professor of History, The Pennsylvania State University

Lecture and Book Signing

Often forgotten and overlooked, the U.S.-Mexican War featured false starts, atrocities, and daring back-channel negotiations as it divided the nation, paved the way for the Civil War a generation later, and launched the career of Abraham Lincoln.

The World War I Doughboy Experience and Writing Alamo Doughboy

Date: October 18, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison

Jennifer Rude Klett, Author and Historian

Book Talk and Signing

This year marks 100 years since the beginning of “The Great War” in Europe. Join us as former journalist Jennifer Rude Klett, author of Alamo Doughboy:  Marching Into The Heart Of Kaiser's Germany During World War I, discusses the contributions of the 4.8 million U.S. "doughboy" soldiers who served in the years following the outbreak of war.

A Wisconsin Book Festival Event.

Little Hawk and the Lone Wolf: A Conversation with Ray Kaquatosh

Date: November 1, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison, WI

Ray Kaquatosh, Author

Lecture and Book Signing

Sit in on a unique discussion between World War II and Korean War veteran Ray Kaquatosh and interviewers as the  90-year-old Menomonee Indian shares stories from his recent coming of age memoir “Little Hawk and the Lone Wolf,” a new book by Wisconsin Historical Society Press. A book signing will follow.

Wisconsin Stories from WWI

Date: November 5, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: Mead Public Library, 710 N. 8th Street
City: Sheboygan, WI

In part two of the two-part series on Wisconsin veterans, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum’s Kevin Hampton, Curator of Research & Public Programs, will present on stories from Wisconsin’s involvement in World War I.

A Quiet Corner of The War: Hijinks and Home

Date: November 6, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison, WI

Judy Cook, Folksinger and Author

Musical Presentation

Featuring songs and stories from the Civil War, folksinger Judy Cook’s presentation will highlight the often overlooked aspects of Civil War era history by exploring the everyday activities and pastimes of those that served and those that remained at home.

Never Forgotten: Honoring Wisconsin's Heroes

Date: November 7, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin State Capitol Building, Capitol Rotunda
City: Madison, WI

Annual Veterans Day Commemoration Ceremony

Join us in recognition of the Wisconsin men and women who served their country. This year’s ceremony will focus on honoring and welcoming home all of Wisconsin’s heroes from all eras of service. The event will be held in the Wisconsin State Capitol Rotunda.

Salute to Veterans History Events

Date: November 11, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Location: The Weber Performing Arts Center, 428 Front Street South
City: La Crosse, WI
Kick off the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Wisconsin History Tour programming in La Crosse with a Salute to Veterans History on Veterans Day. In partnership with the Wisconsin Historical Society, Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, and Wisconsin Public Television, events include an evening concert with readings from a selection of the Civil War letters from the Society’s collections, screenings of documentaries featuring Wisconsin veterans including Wisconsin Korean War Stories, Wisconsin Vietnam Stories, and Wisconsin World War II Stories, and discussions led by authors of “Private Soldiers: A Year in Iraq with a Wisconsin National Guard Unit” and “This Wicked Rebellion: Wisconsin Civil War Soldiers Write Home.” The day also features the Wisconsin History Tour traveling exhibit and booths staffed by the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs and Wisconsin Veterans Museum with information on veterans benefits and military history

Barbarians and Brothers, Anglo-American Warfare 1500-1865

Date: November 13, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison, WI

Dr. Wayne Lee, Professor of History, The University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Book Talk and Signing

Wayne Lee will discuss his book, Barbarians and Brothers, examining the origins and nature of atrocity and restraint in warfare in the early modern Anglo-American world.  This talk will focus on two campaigns during the American Revolution as contrasting examples of culture, capacity, and calculation combine to shape the violence of war.

1914: The War That Should Have Been Over By Christmas

Date: November 21, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: The Wisconsin Veterans Museum, 30 West Mifflin Street
City: Madison, WI

Allan Mallinson, Author and Britain's Foremost Military Historian

Lecture and Book Signing

Britain had not expected to be drawn into a land war in Europe, or if she were, it would be "over by Christmas."  The miscalculation cost her dearly.  Yet there were some who, before the war, advocated a different strategy, one that would have saved the huge losses of the Western Front and probably shortened the war.  Two men in particular, Winston Churchill and General Sir Douglas Haig, each of them more usually associated with, respectively, the debacle of the Dardanelles and Gallipoli in 1915, and the disastrous Somme Offensive in 1916.

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