Learning Center Coordinator
Available for loan to come to YOUR venue are traveling displays from The Highground. “My War: Wartime Photographs by Vietnam Veterans”, “Remembering our Fallen” and “Tribute to the Fallen” can be obtained to be on display in your hometown regardless of where around the world you are located. We would love to help you educate and heal your visitors..
Upcoming Events at The Learning Center
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 Park’s neighbors deciding to sell, The Highground needing to expand to accommodate more visitors, and unexpected grants becoming available—The Learning Center became a reality.
Today, The Learning Center 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 changing exhibits. The Learning Center Coordinator, Julie Dallman, is responsible for the daily operations, donations of artifacts & library materials, and set up & removal of exhibits. Incoming Exhibits are researched, evaluated & booked by our Exhibit Coordinator, June Abrahamson.
We are always looking for more displays, let us know if you have something or would like to see something in the Center for viewing.
Learning Center News and Articles
- Personal Portraits and Stories Tell the Legacy of Holocaust Survivors Grand Opening June 7th at 4:00 pmJune 4, 2019“Multiply by Six Million: Portraits and Stories of Holocaust Survivors” presents a visually arresting and powerful first-person history of one of the defining events of the 20th century through photographic portraits and personal stories of Holocaust survivors. The Highground Veterans Memorial Park presents “Multiply by Six Million” from June 2 to July 31. The public is invited for a Grand Opening Ceremony planned for June 7th at 4 pm at The Highground Museum. The exhibition showcases contemporary photographer Evvy Eisen’s 15 year-long project to create portraits of survivors living in California and to collect their personal histories. Critically lauded, the project works are included in the archives of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC, the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, and the Centre de Documentation Juive Contemporaine in Paris, France. By featuring individual survivor portraits and stories, “Multiply By Six Million” offers viewers a personal perspective on the Holocaust. Survivors tell their stories in hopes that the seeds of today’s intolerance and bigotry are recognized in time to prevent tomorrow’s genocides. The exhibition describes the horrors that the survivors experienced in Europe during the Holocaust and how they then come to the United States to create meaningful lives and contribute to society in their adopted county. Survivor Frank Roubicek shares, “The horror years of the wartime taught me how to appreciate the basic values of life and to fully appreciate the good things it has to offer.” “Multiply by Six Million” includes 37 stunning black and white photographs and is accompanied by a stunning 24-minute DVD and an album of additional survivor portraits. The Interpretive text allows visitors to understand historical events in Europe, leading up to the Holocaust and contemplate current concerns about intolerance and genocide. The exhibition will be on display at the Highground Museum through July 31 “Multiply by Six Million: Portraits and Stories of Holocaust Survivors” were organized by Exhibit Envoy, with support from photographer Evvy Eisen. Exhibit Envoy provides traveling exhibitions and professional services to museums throughout California. Our mission is to build new perspectives among Californians, create innovative exhibitions and solutions, and advance institutions in service to their communities. For more information, please contact Julie Dallman Museum Coordinator at 715-743-4224 firstname.lastname@example.org or June Berg at 715-773-1162 email@example.com...
- The Highground Annual Bike Tour/ Hero’s Tribute RideAugust 2, 2018The Highground Annual Bike Tour/ Hero’s Tribute Ride Many visitors ask about the history of the park and are humbled to hear of our beginnings. The idea for The Highground was actually born on December 18, 1965 on a battlefield in Vietnam. Twenty- four- year old, Tom Miller was holding in his arms his good friend and buddy, 22-year-old Jack Swender. Jack was unconscious and bleeding. As Jack lay dying in Tom’s arms, Tom made a silent promise to himself and to Jack that this terrible loss and great sacrifice wouldn’t be given in vain. Twenty years later in 1985, Tom organized the first bike-a-thon, peddling around the perimeter of Wisconsin for a total of 1,244 miles, which is the number of Wisconsin military personnel killed or missing in action in Vietnam. This was the first significant amount of money raised. The Annual Bike Tour, which is celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2009 at 11:30am for a very special Journey’s End Celebration picnic. In honor of this major milestone, Vietnam veteran Tom Kingsbury has volunteered to recreate the ride that Tom Miller made back in 1985. The Highground Hero’s Tribute Ride will cover 1,244 miles plus 1 mile for each person, that has died in action from Wisconsin, since Vietnam. Tom will peddle around the state – touching each border and many communities in between; over 1500 miles in 10 days. Tom and his crew will make several stops along his journey reaching out to communities to help honor Wisconsin’s Heroes. Flags that have been flown in Iraq will be provided to a Gold Star family representative at each stop. They will present them to a local dignitary and ask that they be flown to honor area KIA’s. A special certificate with the names of all the area KIAs will also be presented to the dignitary by a service organization. The money raised from this special Highground Hero’s Tribute Ride will help bring the Persian Gulf Tribute to The Highground. This new tribute will honor the men and women, who have served around the world beginning with Desert Storm, through multiple Middle East conflicts, while marching forward in the Global War on Terrorism. For a full list of details and information please go to https://thehighgroundheroesride.com...
- Invisible WoundsJuly 13, 2018“I thought if I never stopped moving, I could hold down my stress.” By: Humans Of New York (Invisible Wounds) http://www.humansofnewyork.com/tagged/Invisible-Wounds#6 “I was inside an armored carrier with my platoon commander. He tried to open a pressurized fuel container and it sprayed across the vehicle and hit a camping stove that he was using to make hot chocolate. It burst into flames. He dropped the fuel canister and fire covered the floor. Then he caught on fire. He grabbed onto the exit hatch and wouldn’t let go. I couldn’t pull him away. He wouldn’t let go. The vehicle is filling up with flames. It was so dam hot! It’s like when your hand is on a stove, except you can’t pull it away, because it’s your whole body. It’s so bright and I can hear him screaming. The hood around my neck is shrinking and tightening. My Gore-Tex uniform is melting, spreading, and falling off my body. I could feel myself burning and I couldn’t take it anymore. I gave up. I didn’t want to burn to death. I decided to take a deep breath to singe my lungs and close my throat. Then the hatch opened. Someone heard us screaming and opened the hatch.” “I kept having these nightmares of being trapped in a burning vehicle. They were non-stop. I’d wake up screaming and I couldn’t breathe. I wasn’t sleeping at all. I was overworked and going through a horrible divorce. At the time, I was working as a medic on a SWAT team, and one night at work I had a really bad flashback. We were about to serve a warrant. All of us were in the back of a truck and it was completely dark because we were preserving our night vision. Somebody turned on a red flashlight to adjust their equipment. I’m seeing our shadows on the wall, and suddenly I think we’re in a helicopter. I’m trying to tell myself ‘Keep it together. Keep it together.’ I know it’s not real, but I’m actually smelling the fuel and hearing the sounds of the turbine. Then the back door opened. The next thing I know, I’m standing on the third floor of this building with no idea how I got there. That was the last raid I ever did. We had a training session later that week. Afterwards, I closed myself in a van, put down my rifle, and started to cry. I was stressed to the hilt. The next day I started looking for help.” “After I had the flashback that night, two of the guys on my team cam up to me and said: ‘You’re getting help.’ I said: ‘No, I’m not.’ They said: ‘Yes, you are. Most of us do.’ That finally convinced me. I’d never gotten help, because I never wanted to appear weak. I’m the son of a man who lost his entire team in Vietnam. I’ve been through some of the toughest training on earth. I never quit anything in my life. So, it took me the longest time to admit that I had a problem. Whenever, I saw a homeless vet, or an alcoholic vet, I’d say: ‘That’s not me. I’ve got a good job. I’ve got a family.’ I did my best to cope with my issues through physical exertion. I threw myself into work. I’d go for long swims in the morning and long runs at night. I thought if I never stopped moving, I could hold down my stress. But, it finally caught up with me. I broke down. Those two guys convinced me to go to therapy. It was the best decision I’ve ever made. I used to think that I was weak for needing help. I realize now that; my weakness was never getting it.”...