UW-Parkside Veterans Week to Feature ‘I am Not Invisible’ Exhibit

Published: October 18, 2022

I Am Not InvisibleSomers, Wis.- The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is honored to host the “I am Not Invisible” (IANI) exhibit, to be displayed in the Brookwood Foundation Main Place in Wyllie Hall from Monday, Nov. 7 through Friday Nov. 11. A reception event is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. in the Brookwood Foundation Main Place. Refreshments will be provided and there will be a cash bar available. 

Mary Kolar, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA), will attend and speak at the Opening Night reception for the exhibit. Secretary Kolar is one of the 16 women veterans featured in the exhibit provided by the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. Chancellor Ford will also share a few words about this exhibit and UW-Parkside’s commitment to serving veterans and their families.

Secretary Kolar serves as the foremost advocate for over 350,000 Wisconsin veterans and their families. She was commissioned in the United States Navy in 1980, served for 28 years, and retired as a Captain (O-6). Secretary Kolar grew up in Wilton, Wisconsin. Her 28-years of experience in the Navy has enabled her to work with diverse groups of people and large organizations with multi-million-dollar budgets. 

The I Am Not Invisible awareness campaign started as a program featuring twenty photographs of Oregon women who were military veteran and is now a nationwide program.  The goal of the campaign is to increase awareness and facilitate dialogue about women veterans.

The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs through the Wisconsin Veterans Museum created their IANI exhibit to recognize this important part of the veteran community and increase awareness about these veterans. For more information about the oral history interviews from the veterans who contributed to this project visit: https://wisvetsmuseum.com/traveling-exhibits-2/i-am-not-invisible-iani/

The traveling exhibit is comprised of multiple pop-up banners and is available to local libraries, historic societies, schools and community spaces throughout Wisconsin. There is no cost to reserve and host the exhibit.

To attend this event, please RSVP at https://uwparkside.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8ANr6wt483EcPvE

Exhibit provided courtesy of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum and Funded in part by the Wisconsin Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is committed to high-quality educational programs, creative and scholarly activities, and services responsive to its diverse student population, and its local, national, and global communities. We are a dynamic learning community grounded in academic excellence and focused on student success, diversity, inclusion, and community engagement. The campus serves as a premier comprehensive public institution and a destination of choice, serving as a focal point of local, regional, and global progress.

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