Old World Wisconsin was established in 1976 commemorating 200 years of American History. Old World Wisconsin is the largest museum of rural life history in the world. European Immigrants, from the late 19th century to early 20th century, have been preserved on 600 acres of land in Eagle, WI. The natural prairie and woodlands have been untouched to represent the rural heritage of the 1870’s villages.
Countless historians searched, documented, and authenticated historical buildings of the Midwest. The over 60 historical structures were relocated to Old World Wisconsin. The reconstructions of the buildings were perfected to original form. Upon moving the buildings and ethnic farmsteads, the bricks, boards, logs, and stones were numbered to assure precise reconstruction.
To visit Old World Wisconsin is to take a walk into history. The 2 ½ mile walk from settlement to settlement is astonishing. There are live oxen and horsed tilling the land showing the traditional farming methods. Dressed in full costume the wives are preparing dinner over a wood burning stove. You can visit the general store, observe a school classroom, and walk inside the church. The blacksmith will teach and talk to you about blacksmithing as he has his irons in the coal fire. The ladies will shear the wool from the sheep, spin it on the spinning wheel, and make hand crafts.
In 1998, Old World Wisconsin added Pleasant Ridge. This replica of an African-American homestead was originally located in Grant County near Lancaster. Freed slaves from Virginia arrived in 1850 and helped found Pleasant Ridge. Pleasant ridge consisted of over 50 African-American, Germans, Irish, and English farmers. The diverse group bonded and built a log schoolhouse in 1873 and the United Brethren Church in 1884. This group of dedicated farmers formed and shaped a community.
Old World Wisconsin is dedicated to the immigration and resettlement of America. It is a piece of American History for all immigrants. The 10 farmsteads have furnished log houses, barns filled with hay and animals, a school, a church, a shoemaker, a blacksmith, a general store, and a well tended garden with heirloom plants. The furnished houses and costumed workers bring back American History for yesterday, today, and generations to come.
The Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial is dedicated to the United States soldiers who died or who are still missing in action over the conflict in Vietnam. Soldiers who fought in the war experienced harsh conditions and nobody who fought in the war came home unaffected. Many were underappreciated because of the political climate back home. However, nobody can deny the bravery and dedication of the soldiers who fought there. The Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial is an attempt to honor the memories of those men and women who gave their lives for their country and commemorate the significance of their achievements.
The Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial is located in Constitution Gardens in Washington, D.C. There are actually three separate parts to the memorial including the Three Soldiers statue and the Women’s Memorial. However, the Veteran’s Memorial Wall is the most famous part of this memorial. Nearly four million people visit the memorial every year. In addition to visiting to look up names and honor those killed or missing, many friends and family members bring flowers and mementos to commemorate the memories of their loved ones. These mementos are collected every day and stored.
The wall itself was designed by Maya Ying Lin and is comprised of two walls approximately 246 feet and made of black granite. The wall is engraved with the names of men and women who are either dead or missing in action. The confirmed deaths are denoted with a diamond at the side of their name while those missing in action are denoted with a cross. Every name is in chronological order and consists of nearly sixty thousand names including twelve hundred missing in action. Visitors may look up individual names and find their precise location on the wall with the use of directories. Often people will pray, leave mementos or make pencil rubbings of the name.
The Vietnam War was a controversial time in American history and caused a lot of upheaval in the country. Thousands of military personnel were killed or missing in the war but went underappreciated for many years. The Veteran’s Memorial is an outstanding piece of architecture as well as a commemorative monument to order honor the soldiers who died or are still missing during the war. Visitors from around the world to Washington D.C visit many of the various monuments in the capital city. However, most make sure not to miss this historical monument that is such an important part of United States history.