KING - The Wisconsin Veterans Home at King is the beneficiary of some remodeling of the state veterans museum in Madison.
Two Civil War statues were delivered to King last Friday.
They have a significant meaning to the home as well.
"It's very impressive," King Veterans Home resident Claire Trepanier says of the resin, bronze-finished statues.
And he says the statues representing the Civil War era are a welcome addition to the veterans museum.
"Yes, yes, yes, before I would come in and say 'these are the pictures of the Civil War,' now we have these statues that really mean something."
The statues are on loan from the state veterans museum in Madison, which had them on display along with 11 other statues since 1993. The museum in Madison is undergoing renovation and officials say they didn't want to leave the statues in storage.
"We thought it would be fitting to send these to some of the veterans homes throughout the state to share that history with them," said Kristine Zickuhr, Assistant Director of the Wisconsin Veterans Museum.
One of the statues represents Civil War soldiers, and the other the wife of a former governor of Wisconsin.
What makes the statue of Cordelia Harvey so special is the unique roll she played in helping further the mission of the veterans home in King following the Civil War.
"She did some nursing, she raised money for supplies and she did an unbelievable job of caring for the Civil War soldiers," said King Veterans Home volunteer Billie Jo Read.
The statues now greet visitors to the museum as they enter, a prominent place for a piece of history with a deep connection to King.
"This is the Civil War area here and so it's a perfect place to put them with our Civil War pictures because we just have a few relics and these here are ideal," said Trepanier.
The other statues from the state museum are being loaned out to veterans homes in Chippewa Falls and Union Grove.
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