Madison, Wisconsin.  Our state capital.  Home of the University of Wisconsin.  I attended school here and Son and Dil are both alumni.     During the warmer months, state street is a place you can just sit and be entertained for hours. 
   Hubby and I took a fun  little get-away here last week-end. We used to go often,when my son and dil were living here.  Since they have moved to Tempe, it's been less frequent.    . 
We spent a bit of our time walking state street but it was BRRRR cold so we ended up ducking in shops a lot.
Also on our agenda was a little tour of the Veterans Museum.  We both love history and we both love free!

This museum is beautiful, a wonderful tribute to our veterans.

It's also  very realistic and filled with great memorabilia and touching tributes.

My little mosaic, filled with lot's of blue! The quilt was made in 1901, in honor of Wisconsin Civil War Veterans. It looked like it had been made last week, it was in such great condition. 

This desk was utterly amazing!  I wish I could have gotten closer, but it was roped off a bit.

My Dad was a veteran of WWII.  He enlisted in the Navy at the tender age of 17.  It was 1944, just the tail end and then he served through the Korean Conflict. 

These pieces were pretty awesome!   I wish antique road show had been around.  I would have loved to known their value.

I am joining Mary @ Little Red House for Mosaic Monday
Smiling Sally for Blue Monday
Please stop by and visit their blogs!


  1. What a fun place to visit - I love to see all that old stuff too...that desk was really neat - could you not just step over the ropes for a close up ?? LOL ! I am catching up blogging after of a week with no computer ( been crazy busy !) Love your Johnson Bros new china...keep looking as I have the salad plates from TJ Maxx and a tea pot - it isn't Johnson but, the same transferware color...remember I found tea cups and saucers at the thrift in the spring...keep hunting !
    Hugs and it is snowing today !

  2. This museum is awesome...and Iloved those vases too! What a fun little get a way with the hub! Come say hi :D

  3. My son would love this. He is quite the history buff!

  4. We stayed overnight in Madison on our way to Door County, a few years ago. I wish I had known about this museum, we might have explored, before moving on.

  5. It looks like fun. I'm about ready for a weekend away...but, the weather hasn't been very cooperative. It will have to wait until spring!

  6. Cindy, looks like a great trip. What a beautiful capitol building! We enjoy history a lot, especially military history. I saw an old radio cabinet in one pic that reminded me of one that my granddaddy had! Linda

  7. Hi Cindy! Oh, what a wonderful museum. Mr. Precious and I could spend hours in there, I'm sure. Those wax figures just look so real, don't they?
    Thanks for popping in to see my Pinkness.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  8. Looks like a great place to visit - but cold!!. Beautiful building. Thanks for sharing your trip with us

  9. Cindy, what amazing displays! They look so realistic. My husband is a VN War Veteran, so those were especially touching for me to see. That quilt does look new! Thanks for a great tour. laurie

  10. I love this post. The photos are awesome. Sounds like your dad and my dad had a lot in common.

  11. Hi Cindy...that looks like a wonderful museum of military history...the Boss is a huge fan of military anything.,...We have a similiar wonderful museum down her in Georgia at Fort Benning.....not to mention all the Boss' miniatures up in his den....there are like thousands of little lead men in uniform...I think one of these nights they are going to come to life.....Like my own Night at the Museum.....scary.

  12. Enjoyed my visit at the military museum with you.

  13. Oh it does look like you had a wonderful outing!! I do so wish those places would just let us borrow their pretties now and again!! I could so use that pretty portrait vase in my home!


  14. What a great myseum. Lovely mosaic and pictures

  15. Beautiful photos, Cindy! I love historical places, thanks for taking us!..Christine

  16. Hi Cindy!!!
    The state Capitol looks so pretty all surrounded by snow!!!!
    What a terrific Veterans Museum, I love History and Museums too!!! They are so informative, and this one seems so real, it is quite interesting and glad you went!!!!

  17. What a wonderful military museum. Great photos.

  18. What a shame that we always have wars; it's a good thing to remember them. Happy Blue Monday.

  19. The displays are outstanding - it's so important to keep history alive and honor the sacrifices of the people who came before us.

  20. Thanks for the tour of the wonderful museum. That marvelous desk....I want one!

    Ya'll have a greatly blessed day and stay safe!

  21. I like museum and love to visit one. Happy blue Monday. Mine is up too.

    Mine is up

  22. Wow.. This looked like a fascinating place to visit! Thanks for bringing us along a bit! Happy Blue Monday! ~tina

  23. This looks like a wonderful place to visit. Those figures are so life like, it is scary. What a great military museum.
    Have a blessed day.

  24. What a great place, Cindy! I love history, and this would have been right up my alley. How neat!


    Sheila :-)

  25. Looks like a wonderful museum. Thanks for taking us with you!

  26. What a great museum. Thanks for sharing. I am out doing some blog hopping with the Blue Monday participants. Stop by if you have time and see mine at http://jeanstockdale.typepad.com.


  27. I need to get out more and do something educational like this. Expand my horizons. I so love the pic of your cottage out there surrounded by greenery!

  28. GREAT tour, Cindy!
    Tales from Bloggeritaville

  29. Looks like a great way to spend an afternoon..not as great as Home Goods, but more educational! :)

  30. I also echo the sentiments of a wonderful tour!
    Isn't History so interesting? MR B and I love to visit historical places and learn everything we can of what makes America so wonderful. We truly are so very lucky and proud to be Americans with the beautiful hertiage we enjoy.

  31. Good morning Cindy,

    I love the spirit in "Mad Town," and hope to visit it when I am on book tour this June.

    Looks like you had fun!

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

  32. Great Museum.

    Saw you on Rue's blog and want you to know - I've done the same exact thing - think we all have.


  33. What a great museum! I will have to put that on my list of places to go!

  34. I would love to visit this museum one day! My family has been in this country since Jamestown and as such, family members have been in every war. As the family historian, I have collected service records of many of my ancestors, including the files of my 2nd great-grandfather who was captured at Gettysburg. My wish is that somehow, one day we will learn to live in peace, but the journey there has been fascinating and this museum has done an outstanding job. Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos with all of us!


I would love to hear from you. Come back and visit anytime. Warmest Wishes, Cindy