The Highground honors all who have served in times of conflict and in times of peace. All veterans of any era have, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to ‘The United States if America,’ for an amount up to and including their life.
All names from Korea to present are read at The Highground, out loud with the toll of the replica Liberty Bell. (20,000+ individual names are read on Memorial Day and Veterans Day.) At several events a representative group of names are read with those attending answering “Present” on their behalf. The Highground does not let our fallen go in silence. Please see this page for more information.
2017 Highground Learning Center Exhibits:
Nov. 2016—Jan. 2017 — Through the Eyes
A collection of photographs, memorabilia,
weapons, equipment and other artifacts from
Vietnam. This collection belongs to Vietnam Vet
John Hosier; put together as a way of dealing
with his PTSD.
Feb.-April 2017 — B.G. Everett Military Collection This personal multi-era collection of military memorabilia...
My War: Wartime Photographs by Vietnam Veterans
Curated by Marissa Roth with June Berg
In June of 2014, Marissa Roth visited The Highground Veterans Memorial Park in Neillsville, Wisconsin, for the opening of her exhibition about women who survived war, One Person Crying: Women and War, which was shown for three...
Fighting For Democracy-Carl Gorman:
Native American, Carl Gorman; born in 1907 on a Navajo reservation in Chihle, Arizona.
At 10 years old he was sent to Rehoboth Mission School where he was beat for speaking his native language. He would be locked in a basement in the middle of winter with...
21st Century Conflicts:
During September and October we paid tribute to our Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans.
The Rise of the Fallen: Spirit Box exhibit by Andre Ferrella was on loan to us from the Wisconsin Veterans Museum in Madison, WI.
The exhibit contains portraits that are surreal, almost spirit-like, of the Wisconsin...
Faces Of Freedom Display:
“Faces of Freedom” Exhibit was on display throughout the Learning Center from July 1st until August 31, 2012. We collected over 1500 photos of past and present service men and women from all over Wisconsin and other states. This is just a “drop in the bucket”...
Medal Of Honor & Branch Service:
Medal of Honor and Branch Tribute
May & June 2012
The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government. It is bestowed by the president, in the name of Congress, upon members of the United States Armed Forces who distinguish...
The Paper Wall Vietnam Veterans Tribute:
The Highground’s Learning Center is featured The Paper Wall during the Vietnam Veterans Tribute, running March 1, 2012 – April 30, 2012.
The Paper Wall is a collection of newspaper obituaries and stories about the Wisconsin Vietnam KIA’s. The Paper Wall is a collaborative project...
January & February 2012
Service Animals and their Handlers: Board member Mike Olson was a sentry dog handler and then turned Vet Tech in Vietnam. He shared his slides, photo albums and stories with us. We converted his slides into digital format and created a movie that was aired in...
Veterans Art Exhibit :
Art; so much more than just “pretty”
Twenty veterans from all over Wisconsin had their talents on display at The Highground Learning Center. Some of them have always had a given talent for what they do, some picked up a form of art as a pass time,...
“Forgotten War” Remembered at Opening Reception :
The Highground hosted an invite only, opening reception to introduce their new exhibit paying tribute to Korean War Veterans. 35 people from all over WI attended the reception were they viewed two portrait collections on loan to us from the Korea Society in...
Living Through Forgotten War: Portrait of Korea
30 black and white photographs accompanied by thorough captions that explain the history and cultural context of the images. The photographs in Living Through Forgotten War: Portrait of Korea eschew the combat and military hardware shots typical in war photography, and instead focus...