WI Historical Museum Opens Sterling Hall Exhibit

By: NBC 15
By: NBC 15

Wednesday is the 35th anniversary of a day many long-time Madison residents will never forget.

On August 24th, 1970, four men bombed UW-Madison's Sterling Hall. Using a ton of ammonium nitrate, they bombed the building that held the Army Mathematics Research Center to protest the Vietnam War.

The blast killed post-graduate student Robert Fassnacht and injured four other men.

Tuesday, the Wisconsin Historical Museum opened a new exhibit called "Resistance or Terrorism? The 1970 Sterling Hall Bombing."

"What the exhibit seeks to do is to provide a little of historical context and background, so visitors to the exhibition can understand what was going on at the time. What some of the emotions were, what some of the philosophies were of the time... things that led to the particular event, and the aftermath," says Paul Bourcier from the Wisconsin Historical Museum.

The exhibition at the museum on the Capitol Square runs through October first.


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