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Standing Together

Working Warriors: Military Life Beyond Combat
The Wisconsin Veterans Museum Tours Two Traveling Exhibitions

"Fur, Feathers and Fidelity: Military Mascots" is a brand new traveling exhibition about how animals support the troops at home and afar. It opens on October 28th in the Nohr Gallery at UW-Platteville. The opening reception is from 5-7 pm and there will be special activities during Veterans' Week, November 10-14th, 2014. See event details here.

"Working Warriors: Military Life Beyond Combat" is part of the WHC's Working Lives Project. This traveling exhibition of historic images explores the important role of military dentists, mechanics, and others whose work is not on the front lines. It will open in the Roberta Fiskum Art Gallery at UW-Whitewater with a reception on November 11th. See event details here.

We are proud to be a sponsoring partner of both exhibitions, thanks to funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Standing Together: The Humanities and the Experience of War initiative supports projects that focus on the history, experience, or meaning of war and military service.

"What do you do?"

Author Maia Surdam and musician Cris Plata
For most of us, there are different answers to the question.

When asked "What do you do?" Maia Surdam wonders what to say. "I cook vegetables, I make biscuits, I pour beer, I plant seeds, I pull weeds. I think of classes I want to teach and stories I plan to tell."

We all do many things. Maia Surdam, who is the author of a children's biography called "Cris Plata: From Fields to Stage," has written a blog for us on the subject of work.

Cris Plata is a musician, among other things.

About Plata's work, Maia writes, "It is physical and creative, regimented and unpredictable. Sometimes it follows a time-clock but, more often, it begins as a seed in his mind that grows according to the seasons of his soul."

As part of the WHC's Working Lives: Making a Living and Making a Life initiative, we are eager to hear from you. How do you respond when asked the classic question, "What do you do?"

Click here to read the blog.