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Museum

Museum Coordinator
Theresa Hebert
museum@thehighground.us
wewerethere@thehighground.us
715-743-4224

An educational center was part of the original vision for The Highground. The center would educate its visitors about the cost of war, “the human cost”. With the Parks neighbors deciding to sell, The Highground needing to expand to accommodate more visitors, and unexpected grants becoming available, this learning center has become a reality.

Today, The Highground Museum encompasses a library filled with over 4,000 books covering military history. Its garage is a place for our volunteers to get their lunches during work weeks, and the gallery, media room and meeting room holds many of the different exhibits. The Museum Coordinator is responsible for the daily operations, donations including artifacts and library materials, and exhibit setup and removal. The coordinator also researches, evaluates and books the incoming exhibits.

We are always looking for more displays! Please let us know if you have something you are willing to share or something specific you would like to see in the museum.

Museum News

Traveling Displays

The Highground has traveling displays that are available for loan. My War: Wartime Photographs by Vietnam Veterans and Tribute to the Fallen can be obtained for display at a venue in your hometown regardless of where you are located in the world. We would love to help you educate and heal your visitors.

The creation and compilation of educational videos about The Highground, areas of historical military significance and other mission-relevant topics began in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The annual “Highground Education Days” event was an in-person gathering of over 2,000 students from 15 schools that visited The Highground to take part in four full days of educational programming. The state mandate regarding large gatherings made it necessary for The Highground to cancel the in-person event. However, the importance of the event is such that Highground staff and the many presenters decided to go forward with creating and offering the many presentations as videos for students, families and the general public. 

 This is the first ever “virtual” video event attempted by the Highground and to say there has been a steep learning curve is an understatement! Through the generous donation of funds to gather the necessary equipment and “learning as we go” on how to create and present these videos, we are able to start compiling what we hope will become an interesting and valuable video archive. We will continue to fine-tune our videos and we hope that you come back often to view our ever-growing collection.

Thank you to all the brave interviewees, presenters, and donors! In special recognition for kick-starting this program is a donation from the family of Marliss J Collinson. It is through their generosity in her honor that we were able to begin upon this new chapter in our mission.

Gary Foster, author of “Notes From the Trenches, A Musician’s Journey Through WWI”, gives a two-part presentation on WWI.  The Great War is covered, in general, with specific information about troops from Wisconsin. NOTE: Part One can be watched standalone; however, Part Two should be viewed after watching Part One.

Gary Foster, author of “Notes From the Trenches, A Musician’s Journey Through WWI”, gives a two-part presentation on WWI.  The Great War is covered, in general, with specific information about troops from Wisconsin. NOTE: Part One can be watched standalone; however, Part Two should be viewed after watching Part One.

Learn about the creation and purpose of The Highground’s Dove Effigy Mound, presented David Giffey, Vietnam Veteran and Designer of the Dove Effigy Mound.

Learn about the history and meaning of the National Native American Vietnam Veterans Tribute—“Forgotten Warrior”—presented by Mike Kesling.

This video combines aspects of the history of The Highground along with a special wood carving project to honor Veterans. Presented by Henry Smith. NOTE: This is a two-part video that should be watched consecutively.

This video combines aspects of the history of The Highground along with a special wood carving project to honor Veterans. Presented by Henry Smith. NOTE: This is a two-part video that should be watched consecutively.

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