Feb 10 2021 - Mar 29 2021


10:00 am - 4:00 pm

WWI–Midwest Experience in the Great War

The “WWI–Midwest Experience in the Great War” exhibit will be at The Highground Museum from February 10-March 29, 2021.

This exhibition will focus on how the Midwest U.S. was involved and affected by WWI, “The Great War”. There will be several special exhibits focusing on local personal stories; the banner exhibit “WWI – Beyond the Trenches” on loan from the Wisconsin Veterans Museum in Madison; the involvement of women during this time; how the Spanish Influenza epidemic was spread and the public response to this great disease during WWI; and many more interesting aspects of how this war changed our everyday lives. In addition, there will be a notable exhibit on loan from the American Medical Women’s Association titled “American Women Physicians in WWI”.

The advent of Victory Gardens was in WWI. This Museum exhibit will have information and items available to help you plan your own Victory Garden in 2021.

The public is invited to participate in building the WWI exhibit by creating “WWI Shoebox Dioramas” to be displayed! This is a perfect opportunity for creative history buffs, students and parents to work on a fun project that will be displayed in the Museum and shared virtually. There are many available resources online to learn the basics of how to make a shoebox diorama, including this step-by-step pictorial of a World War I trench and this trenches project idea on Pinterest (you will need a Pinterest account to view it).

This is a great way for artists of all skill levels and ages to do a fun, winter project and learn a bit more about the conditions in which our WWI troops served. Many tutorials, craft items and plastic toy military figures can be found online, including on Amazon (if you’re shopping on Amazon, remember to select The Highground/”Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans Memorial Project Inc” as your charity on Amazon Smile!). The dioramas can be of any aspect of WWI and can portray your choice of U.S., British, and/or German troops, etc. scene.

For questions about any of The Highground Museum exhibits, please contact Theresa at museum@thehighground.us or by phone at 715-743-4224.

Thank you to these individuals and organizations that contributed displays to the exhibition:

Jackson County Historical Society – https://www.facebook.com/JacksonCountyHistoricalSocietyWisconsin/

Wisconsin National Guard – https://dma.wi.gov/DMA/about/ng/arng

The Wisconsin Veterans Museum – https://wisvetsmuseum.com/

Troy Buddenhagen, The Vinje family, Oran James Braatz, Carol Shaub

This poster exhibition is made possible by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and the National Museum of American History, in cooperation with the U.S. World War I Centennial Commission. It is funded in part by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee.

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