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Couldn't make it to our book sale last week? No problem! Many titles are available for sale through our Alibris bookstore: http://www.alibris.com/stores/pritzker
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Heading out to see a movie this weekend? Catch a big-screen showing of "Mrs. Miniver" — the classic British WWII film based on a novel by Jan Struther — today at 1 p.m. http://www.pritzkermilitary.org/events/saturday-matinee-series/
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Hey Chicago — Watch Museum & Library programming on local television! Up next, our special 10th Anniversary program honoring the service of Illinois National Guardsmen in the pivotal World War II Battle of Guadalcanal. Sunday, Jan. 12 at 11:00 a.m. on WYCC (PBS Channel 20). Details: http://www.pritzkermilitary.org/whats_on/pritzker-military-presents/132nd-infantry-regiment-guadalcanal/

Photo (courtesy National Archives and Records Administration): A member of Illinois's 132nd Infantry Regiment posed next to an abandoned rifle and skull near a captured Japanese camp in December, 1942.
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"A World War II bomb exploded at a construction site in Germany yesterday, killing one person and wounding at least eight others. The blast also shattered the glass of nearby houses and offices." http://ow.ly/sfFtw
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Due to inclement weather in the Chicagoland area, the Museum & Library will be closing today at 3 p.m. CT.

Stay in tonight to avoid the snow — and while you're at it, catch the premiere of ABC's new series, "The Assets," based on Sandra Grimes "Circle of Treason" (http://www.pritzkermilitary.org/whats_on/pritzker-military-presents/sandra-grimes/).
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General George Washington scored an important victory at the Battle of Trenton on this day in 1776, capturing nearly 1,000 Hessian soldiers and restoring hope to a fledgling nation who's citizens may have begun to doubt their odds of victory over a seemingly much stronger British military presence.
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On this day in 1883, the U.S. Navy took an important step in it's transition to modern technology as Congress authorized the construction of four modern steel ships that would eventually make up the core of its aptly named "Squadron of Evolution" (a.k.a. "White Squadron"), paving the way for the new steel navy.

From our collection of rare books: Following a tour of the Great Lakes in 1891, the Woolson Spice Co. published an album of lithographic prints of the ships in action, entitled "The White Squadron." Learn more or schedule a viewing: http://www.pritzkermilitary.org/explore/library/rare-military-book-room-military-academic-research-chicago/.

Photo, courtesy National Archives and Records Administration: "Chicago. Leading the Squadron of Evolution, 1889," by E.H. Hart.
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Among the most decorated and respected officers in modern military history, Soviet Army General Georgy Zhukov was appointed Chief of the General Staff of the Red Army on this day in 1940. Just six months earlier, as Commander of the First Soviet Mongolian Army Group, Zhukov scored an important victory over Imperial Japanese forces in a little-known conflict near the small town of Nomonhan, on the border of Mongolia and Manchuria.

Join us next Thursday to learn more about this Red Army victory that shaped the outcome of World War II, from Eurasian and Russian political/military affairs expert Stuart Goldman: http://www.pritzkermilitary.org/whats_on/pritzker-military-presents/stuart-goldman-nomonhan-1939/.
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"More than 150 years after he gave his life at Gettysburg leading the effort to repel Pickett’s Charge, 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing is finally on track to get the Medal of Honor after Congress last month approved waiving the time limit for the nation’s top military honor."

Read more from the Washington Times: http://ow.ly/soF9x
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General Manuel Antonio Noriega, the former Panamanian military leader and de facto dictator, surrendered to U.S. military forces on this day in 1990 on charges of drug trafficking, money laundering, and racketeering. After a long career that famously included a tumultuous relationship with the CIA, Noriega was sentenced in 1992 to 40 years in federal prison for his crimes, with pending extradition requests from both France and Panama.

Learn more by reading Frederick Kempe's "Divorcing the Dictator." http://www.pritzkermilitary.org/explore/library/online-catalog/view/oclc/20933992
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The Museum & Library is closed today in honor of the holiday. Ring in the new year by reflecting on the highs and lows of 2013 with Military.com's Year in Review: http://www.military.com/slideshows/year-in-review-2013.html
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Join us tomorrow at 1 p.m. for a showing of "This is the Army," starring a young Ronald Reagan. http://www.pritzkermilitary.org/events/saturday-matinee-series/saturday-matinee-army/

Written and produced in an effort to raise morale among U.S. troops during World War II, "This is the Army" is an adaptation of Irving Berlin's 1942 Broadway musical of the same name, featuring actors and performers who also served in the U.S. Army.
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The Pritzker Military Library focuses on the role of the Citizen Soldier in the preservation of democracy.
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Winner of the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the Pritzker Military Library features a collection of books and films on subjects covering the full spectrum of American military history, along with military-themed posters, photographs, medals, uniforms, and other artifacts from private donors and the collection of the Library’s founder, COL (IL) J.N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Retired).
 
Since opening in 2003, the Pritzker Military Library has produced over 300 programs including events with award-winning authors, interviews with Medal of Honor recipients, and Emmy-nominated panel discussions on military issues. All programs are presented in front of a live audience, webcast live on the Internet, and recorded for later broadcast on WYCC-TV/Channel 20, a PBS affiliate. Programs are also available for download as audio podcasts.