Wisconsin Veterans Museum And Partners To Host “World War 100: A Centennial Symposium”

Conference marks centennial observance of WWI; National and international scholars examine Great War’s legacy

The Wisconsin Veterans Museum today announced that it will host “World War 100: A Centennial Symposium” on October 27-28 in Madison, in partnership with the Wisconsin World War I Centennial Commission, the Wisconsin Historical Society, the War in Society and Culture Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Wisconsin Veterans Museum Foundation. The symposium is open to the public and will honor the centennial observance of World War I, bringing national and international scholars together to examine the Great War and its legacy.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I, during which more than four million Americans served, 116,516 U.S. soldiers gave their lives in combat, and another 200,000 were wounded.  The Great War changed the world forever, and this special symposium event will examine and pay homage to the 122,000 Wisconsin men and women that served on air, land and sea and the war’s profound impact through keynote presentations, roundtables and panel sessions. Featured topics include WWI’s impact in Wisconsin, medical history, cultural mobilization, gender and more.

The symposium will also feature the premiere of “Dawn of the Red Arrow,” a film about The United States 32nd Infantry Division formed from Army National Guard units from Wisconsin and Michigan who fought primarily during World War I and World War II. It was the first allied division to pierce the German Hindenburg Line of defense.

“Despite its significant impact on the world today, World War I is one of America’s forgotten wars,” said Michael Telzrow, director of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. “This symposium aims to shed a light on the Great War during its centennial observance. We are thrilled to welcome many renowned national and international scholars to Wisconsin for this special event, and we encourage everyone to join us for an unforgettable experience.”

The Centennial Symposium begins on Friday, October 27 with a tour of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, a reception at the Overture Center, a roundtable discussion and “Dawn of the Red Arrow” premiere. It continues on Saturday with additional keynote speakers and panel sessions. Guest scholars include:

  • Sir Hew Strachan, Professor of International Relations, University of St. Andrews
  • John Cooper, Professor Emeritus of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • David McDonald, Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Bruno Cabanes, Professor, Donald G. & Mary A. Dunn Chair in Modern Military History, The Ohio State University
  • Holly Case, Associate Professor of History, Brown University
  • JenniferKeene, Professor of History, Chapman University
  • Michael Neiberg,Chair in War Studies, S. Army War College

To view the full schedule of events and purchase tickets, visit HERE.

The centennial symposium is the second major WWI event to be hosted by the Wisconsin Veterans Museum this year. In April, the museum unveiled the “WWI Beyond the Trenches: Stories from the Front” exhibit, which shares the stories of Wisconsin WWI veterans in their own words through audio recordings, photographs, diary-like letters and more. The exhibit will run through April 2019. For more information, visit Wisconsin Veterans Museum.