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Wisconsin Veterans Museum lists virtual events schedule

MADISON, Wis. — The museum staff invites the public to participate safely in the Wisconsin Veterans Museum’s programming this winter through virtual platforms.

“Despite being closed, we can still make our mission to tell Wisconsin veteran stories through engaging digital programming. The great staff here has assembled a wonderful lineup of programs that highlight many aspects of what we do and the stories we are charged to preserve and share,” said Chris Kolakowski, museum director.

This winter, WVM staff presents these free events:

Movie Night Discussions: Participants watch a designated movie and get together via Zoom with museum staff from 7 to 8 p.m. to discuss points of military and historic significance.

Jan. 29 — “Dr. Strangelove”

Feb. 26 — “A Soldier’s Story”

March 26 — “Platoon”

Curator Conversations: Panel discussions that cover various topics of interest and include subject-matter experts on the WVM staff and guest speakers, held noon to 1 p.m.

Jan. 28 — “Rock Force,” a book by Kevin Maurer. The award-winning journalist and bestselling author will discuss his book. “Rock Force” is a play-by-play of the 10 days it took for U.S. troops to win back Corregidor during World War II.

March 8 — “I Was Anxious to Go: Women and the Military” A discussion of women veterans in service as taken from their personal letters, diaries and reminiscences, and what service meant to them at the time and later in their lives.

March 22 — “WARdrobe: Examining the Military Service Uniform for Women” From ill-fitting compromises to designer couture, the quest for uniformity with male counterparts has been almost as great of a struggle as the desire for women to serve. The museum staff will discuss the military uniform designs and regulations for women in service from WWI to present and they will examine the strengths and weakness of this evolution.

Trivia Nights: Individuals or teams to go head-to-head in a friendly test of wit, 7 to 8 p.m. Participants play four rounds of trivia, with each round focusing on topics associated with Wisconsin military history, and include: history, pop culture, names and places, events, and fun facts. Trivia nights will be tonight, Feb.16 and March 16.

Drink and Draw on Feb. 12 and March 12, 7 to 8 p.m. Host artists invite participants to gather art supplies and a beverage for an informal drawing lesson.

The 32nd Red Arrow Division in World War I: In this lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, World War I historian Dr. Edward Lengel looks at the exploits of the Red Arrow Division in World War I, emphasizing what the war was like from the perspective of the men who fought it.

All events are free and open to the public. Find more information and how to register at https://wisvetsmuseum.com/.

For additional information, contact Wisconsin Veterans Museum, Jen Stevenson, senior marketing specialist at 608-224-9653 or jennifer.stevenson@dva.wisconsin.gov.

Since its creation in 1901, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum has existed to acknowledge, commemorate and affirm the role of Wisconsin veterans in the United States of America’s military past and present. The Wisconsin Veterans Museum is an educational activity of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs.

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