OCTOBER 13-16, 2022

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Progressives in Navy Blue

Scott Mobley

10/19/2019 - 11:00am

Wisconsin Veterans Museum

This study examines how intellectual and institutional developments transformed the U.S. Navy from 1873 to 1898. The period was a dynamic quarter-century in which Americans witnessed their Navy evolve. Cultures of progress clusters of ideas, beliefs, values, and practices pertaining to modern warfare and technology guided the Navy's transformation. The agents of naval transformation embraced a progressive ideology. They viewed science, technology, and expertise as the best means to effect change in a world contorted by modernizing and globalizing trends. Within the Navy's progressive movement, two new cultures Strategy and Mechanism influenced the course of transformation. Although they shared progressive pedigrees, each culture embodied a distinctive vision for the Navy's future.

Progressives in Navy Blue - Scott Mobley - <span class="date-display-single">10/19/2019 - 11:00am</span>



America's War for the Greater Middle East

Andrew Bacevich

10/22/2016 - 2:00pm

Wisconsin Veterans Museum

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.

America's War for the Greater Middle East - Andrew Bacevich - <span class="date-display-single">10/22/2016 - 2:00pm</span>



Dickey Chapelle Under Fire

John Garofolo

10/24/2015 - 11:00am

Wisconsin Veterans Museum

John Garofolo, author of “Dickey Chapelle Under Fire” shares the inspiring life story of, and most poignant photographs by, Wisconsin native and award-winning war photographer Dickey Chapelle. She covered combat and unrest in World War II and in countries throughout world from Cuba to Hungary before becoming the first American female war correspondent killed covering combat, 50 years ago while on patrol with the U.S. Marines in Vietnam.  In Dickey Chapelle Under Fire, the American public can see the world through Dickey's lens for the first time in almost fifty years, with a foreword by Jackie Spinner, former war correspondent for The Washington Post.

Dickey Chapelle Under Fire - John Garofolo - <span class="date-display-single">10/24/2015 - 11:00am</span>



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

Amy Greenberg

10/16/2014 - 7:00pm

Wisconsin Veterans Museum

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. Amy S. Greenberg's definitive history of the 1846 conflict paints an intimate portrait of the major players and their world, including the birth of both America's first national antiwar movement and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico - Amy Greenberg - <span class="date-display-single">10/16/2014 - 7:00pm</span>



Alamo Doughboy

Jennifer Rude Klett

10/18/2014 - 11:00am

Wisconsin Veterans Museum

This detailed account of World War I is told through family interviews, US Army regiment and division histories, service records, newspaper accounts, and letters from over there. The author, a descendent of the book's protagonist, is able to pinpoint one man's steps in the chaos of war nearly one hundred years ago by the week, day and sometimes even the hour. It is a true story about a private who served with the Texas/Oklahoma Ninetieth Division, his two brothers and two cousins, all of whom grew up in the same small town in Minnesota and served in the war. One cousin served with the legendary Lost Battalion. Alamo Doughboy is a solid military history, yet it transcends the war book genre. It's also about the home front, a boy and his dog, faith, love, courage, and duty. Its author, Jennifer Rude Klett, is the twelvth grandchild of Pvt. George "Judge" Knott. 

Alamo Doughboy - Jennifer Rude Klett - <span class="date-display-single">10/18/2014 - 11:00am</span>



The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire

Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessy

10/17/2013 - 7:00pm

Wisconsin Veterans Museum - Lecture Room

Britain seemingly should have won the Revolutionary War.  Its failure to do so is commonly assumed to be due to the incompetence of commanders and the politicians who are ridiculed in fiction and in movies. Although less crudely presented, such caricatures even permeate scholarly literature.  The talk will challenge the stereotypes and offer a very different explanation of why Britain lost the American War of Independence.

The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire - Andrew Jackson O10/17/2013 - 7:00pm'>
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