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The Lives of Veterans in Gilded-Age America


Enjoy some traditional Southern fare and hear an engaging talk on Civil War veterans' return to the home front during "Taste Traditions of Wisconsin: the Lives of Union and Confederate Veterans in Gilded-Age America" on Tuesday, July 12

The Wisconsin Historical Museum continues its popular dinner series celebrating Wisconsin food, history and culture with Taste Traditions of Wisconsin: The Lives of Union and Confederate Veterans in Gilded-Age America from 6:30 to 9 pm on Tuesday, July 12 (reservation deadline is June 28). Start your evening with a dinner featuring Southern cuisine. After dinner, Professor James Marten, chair of the history department at Marquette University, will discuss his new book, "Sing Not War: The Lives of Union and Confederate Veterans in Gilded Age America," which explores how the 19th century's "Greatest Generation" was received upon their return from the war. He will examine how these veterans were revered or resented depending upon where "home" was, and explore the ways in which disability, alcoholism, financial stress and the sometimes bitter debates over soldiers' pensions affected the relationships between veterans and civilians.

Enjoy Some Traditional Southern Fare

Guests can expect to partake of a Southern-inspired menu, including the following dishes:

  • Salad with spring and romaine lettuce mix, grape tomatoes, red onion slices and cucumbers, with buttermilk dressing on the side
  • Mini corn muffins
  • Southern-style fried chicken and greens
  • Roasted corn with red peppers, onions and spices
  • Mashed potatoes with a chicken gravy
  • Buttermilk biscuits
  • Peach cobbler

For more details, visit our calendar of events, buy a ticket online or call 608-264-6563.

More Taste Traditions Events

Two more Taste Traditions of Wisconsin events, each focused on a Civil War-related topic in keeping with the Society's ongoing commemoration of the war's 150th anniversary, are scheduled in August:


:: Posted June 23, 2011

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