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March 19th Newspaper Column

Have you had the opportunity to stop in to view the “Fur, Feathers, and Fidelity: Military Mascots” exhibit yet? If not, may I suggest you come to the library on Saturday morning, March 21? That’s when local legion members Mark Kramer and Jerry Basket will be here relating stories of the mascots they worked alongside in Vietnam. Mark’s army unit had adopted a stray dog, while Jerry’s naval mascot was a monkey. The men’s presentation will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the library’s meeting room, where you’ll also find the exhibit.

March 12th Newspaper Column

We have a very special exhibit in the library meeting room from March 9-27. “Fur, Feathers, and Fidelity: Military Mascots” introduces some of the birds, dogs, monkeys, and other animals that have served alongside Wisconsin troops as far back as the American Civil War. From the well-known (Old Abe, the War Eagle) to the anonymous pup cuddled up to his exhausted soldier, the critters who accompanied our soldiers, sailors, and marines brought a bit of normalcy (or at least a diversion) in wartime.

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