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1943 Indian Murals from Truax Service Club/East High for sale in Cambridge!

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on June 8, 2013

ESHC  member Becky Wornson sent us a notice saying that the Cambridge Furniture Traders store in Cambridge has three large mural panels (8′ tall x 30′ long) for sale and did we know anything about them.

Ann Waidelich found the following article in the Wisconsin State Journal for April 4, 1943.

“One of the most ambitious art projects being carried on for service men stationed in Madison is the painting of the large mural to be hung above the balcony fireplace in the new Service Club at Truax Field.

William A. McCloy, upper right, UW art instructor, designed and executed the mural which depicts the Oneida creation myth. He is being assisted in his work by two talented soldiers ( Pfc. Frederick Counsel, left, and Pfc. Richard  Fox, center) and by students in one of his classes.”

Wisconsin State Journal April 4, 1943.

Wisconsin State Journal April 4, 1943.

Another article in the Journal for May 21, 1943 says:” The official unveiling of the Indian murals was a highlight of the tea held in the Service Club at Truax Field for 225 Madison women who have served as hostesses and receptionists at the USO club.”

Wiliam McCloy painted the Wisconsin Centennial Mural that hangs at the top of the north stairwell in the Wisconsin Historical Society library on campus.  He left the UW to go into the service during WW II and spent most of his art teaching career at Connecticut College. He died in 2001.

In the late 1950s the murals were taken out of the Service Club and given to East High School where they hung in the back of the auditorium until a remodeling in the 1970s.  An East High School art teacher bought them and stored them.

Now they are for sale.  Do you remember them at East High School ? or in the Service Club at Truax?

-Ann Waidelich

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One Response to “1943 Indian Murals from Truax Service Club/East High for sale in Cambridge!”

  1. c anderson said

    They are available at an antique store behind Rowe Pottery in Cambridge WI

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