The Fox Cities P.A.C. Partners With Military Veterans Museum

Written by Philomena Dorobek, Brand Storyteller
Fox Cities Performing Arts Center

Theater Latté Da’s All Is Calm returns to the Fox Cities P.A.C. on November 27, 2022, for a 6:30 p.m. performance. In anticipation of this moving performance, I sat down and talked with the Center’s Community Engagement Partner for the show: Oshkosh's Military Veterans Museum & Education Center. I spoke with Dale Anderson, a dedicated member of the Military Museum. We discussed the museum’s history, its displays, its involvement as a Community Engagement Partner, the significance of this partnership and how it ties into the All Is Calm performance.

Dale holds several positions at the Military Veterans Museum, including being on the Board of Directors and multiple committees. According to Dale, this isn’t an uncommon occurrence for the museum personnel, as many of them hold various positions. “Jack of all trades, master of none,” Dale joked. But while Dale may downplay the impact of his role at the museum, it’s undeniable the amount of work that goes into ensuring the preservation of historical artifacts and accounts of combat.

As we toured the museum, Dale called attention to various uniforms, vehicles and weapons with historical significance reaching back into the Civil War and carrying through to the present. Some with even local ties. While the non-profit that is now the Military Museum started in 1990, the museum building itself was built in 2009 and opened to the public in 2014. With so many years of service to the community, it’s not hard to imagine the sheer numbers of items that have been collected and donated.

In fact, there is a warehouse of about 3,000 sq. ft. that houses more than 20,000 catalogued artifacts. What is currently on display at the museum is only a small fraction of what they have. Dale shared that they still are building, growing and making more displays. In the future, they are looking to expand and add additions. “We’re the best kept secret in Oshkosh,” Dale remarked. But it seems that people are slowly finding their way to the museum.

In its history, the Military Veterans Museum has operated as a Community Engagement Partner before, as they have partnered with Fox Cities P.A.C. in November 2018 with Beyond Glory, an experience that shared the stories of Medal of Honor recipients. This is not too different from the partnership in the 2022-23 Season for All Is Calm. The performance and the museum’s mission run parallel: the desire to tell and share stories of military veterans. By offering each other support in this shared purpose, the community reaps the benefits of hearing amazing stories of those in service.

To further the appreciation of this live performing arts experience, the Military Veterans Museum will set up a World War I artifact display 1 hour prior to the performance in the Main Lobby of the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center. This event is free for All is Calm ticket holders with community support from Community First Credit Union. Patrons will see a close-up of authentic World War I uniforms that soldiers wore and the tools they used. Members of the museum will be present to answer questions about the display, the museum and its partnership with the Center. “I think people will find it (the display) very interesting,” Dale commented. “It ties in very nicely with the performance.”

To read more about the Center’s 2022-23 Season Community Engagement Partners, click the link and watch for more blogs about each partner throughout this season
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