Wisconsin Remembers exhibit to visit Wausau
For the first time, the Marathon County Historical Society will host Wisconsin Remembers: A Face for Every Name during May 2019. This traveling exhibit features a photo for each of the 1,161 Wisconsinites officially listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The photos will be on display at the Woodson History Center, 410 McIndoe St., Wausau, from April 30 through June 2.
The exhibit includes additional photos for names that are listed on The Highground Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Neillsville. Wisconsin Remembers is a tribute to lost life and lost potential. It is a project of Wisconsin Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Television and the Wisconsin Veterans Museum.
There will be a Welcome Reception from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Woodson History Center. It is free and open to the public.
Another special event during the exhibit will be a History Speaks talk by Mort McBain on the topic “Guilt, Survivorship, and the Trauma of War.” His presentation will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at the Woodson History Center.
To create the exhibit, students, teachers, and other volunteers from throughout Wisconsin collected photos from friends and families of those who were killed in the war. The images they found will help tell the story of the Wisconsinites behind the names on The Wall and become part of a permanent education center being built on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. Thanks to the partnership between public broadcasters, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, the Wisconsin Newspaper Association and many other groups, Wisconsin was the fifth state in the nation to find a photo for every name listed on The Wall.
The Wisconsin Veterans Museum has made the exhibit, which consists of 17 portable indoor display banners, available to local libraries, historic societies, schools and community spaces throughout the state. More information on Wisconsin Remembers: A Face for Every Name is available at wpr.org/veterans.