Come See the ‘Hidden Three-Quarters of the Military’ at the Library
Library Hosts Traveling Exhibit from the Wisconsin Veterans Museum
For the City Times
Ever wonder who gives soldiers those practical haircuts? Or who fixes their engines, clothes, and teeth? Working Warriors: Military Life Beyond Combat, an exhibit from the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, showcases the 75 percent of the United States Armed Forces in non-combat roles.
The 14-banner display will be in Stevens Point from Jan. 13–Feb. 12.
The exhibit will be showcased upstairs at the main branch of the Portage County Public Library, 1001 Main St., and is open during regular library hours.
The library will also host Working Warriors Family Night on Jan. 28 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM, which will feature crafts, scavenger hunts of varying skill levels and other activities for kids and adults. Refreshments will be served. Families are encouraged to attend.
“I didn’t realize until I saw this exhibit how much ‘ordinary’ work is needed to ensure the troops on the ground have what they need to defend our country,” said Eddie Glade, public services librarian. “‘An army marches on its stomach’, as the saying goes.”
“Some things you can’t learn from books and documentaries,” Glade added. “Often, the best way to learn is discussing a subject with other people. We hope this display will give people the chance to do that.”
The exhibit is open to the public, with families encouraged to attend. The library’s regular hours are Sunday 1-5, Monday-Thursday 9-8, Friday 9-6, and Saturday 9-5.
For more information, contact the Portage County Public Library at 715-346-1544 or visit their Web site at www.pocolibrary.org.
About the Wisconsin Veterans Museum’s Traveling Exhibits Program
The Wisconsin Veterans Museum’s Marching Across the State traveling exhibits program features four unique exhibits that bring the stories and sacrifices of Wisconsin’s veterans to life. The program aims to make the museum’s exhibits available to a broader audience. Universities, nonprofit groups, and other venues can rent the traveling exhibits free or for a low cost through the museum. This program is funded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Wisconsin Veterans Museum is a free public educational activity of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs and is located at 30 W. Mifflin St., across the street from the State Capitol. For more information about the program, visit www.wisvetsmuseum.com/exhibitions/traveling_exhibits/ or call (608) 261-0542.
The Wisconsin Humanities Council is honored to include this Wisconsin Veterans Museum exhibit as part of our Working Lives Project. Go to www.wisconsinhumanities.org for more details.