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Tune in now for a free Livestream of tonight's program: Pritzker Military Presents General Tony Zinni and Ivo Daalder, "Before the First Shots are Fired." http://www.pritzkermilitary.org/whats_on/pritzker-military-presents/general-tony-zinni-first-shots-are-fired/
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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.
Research rare 18-century and 19th-century military books in the climate-controlled Pritzker Military Museum & Library Rare Book Room.
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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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From our exhibit dedicated to the Greatest Generation of the Illinois National Guard's 132nd Infantry Regiment, those who served on Guadalcanal and across the South Pacific: "March 26, 1945 amphibious landing on the island of Cebu."

Watch our special 10th anniversary program on the 132nd at Guadalcanal tomorrow on Chicago's WYCC at 11 a.m. CT — or watch it online right now! http://www.pritzkermilitary.org/whats_on/pritzker-military-presents/132nd-infantry-regiment-guadalcanal/.
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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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"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
EUSKIRCHEN, Germany (Reuters) - A World War II-era bomb exploded in the German town of Euskirchen near Bonn on Friday, killing a construction worker after his mechanical digger dislodged it and injuring eight other workers.
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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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Author Alex Kershaw will be here Thursday night to talk about his book THE LIBERATOR. The book tells the story of Felix Sparks and his World War II experience from the beaches of Sicily to the liberation of Dachau. Don't forget--members receive free admission to our regular programs! Reserve your seat here: http://www.pritzkermilitary.org/whats_on/pritzker-military-presents/alex-kershaw-liberator/
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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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Stay safe on this dangerously cold morning in Chicago — and don't forget, we're opening late today, at 11 a.m.

Image: Illustrated by Albert Dorne, this WWII-era home front poster was distributed by the Solid Fuels Administration for War in 1945 as part of ongoing efforts to regulate the American fuel industry. http://www.pritzkermilitary.org/explore/museum/digital-collection/view/oclc/40637151
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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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Join us today at 1 p.m. for a big-screen showing of Stanley Kubrick's iconic "Paths of Glory," starring Kirk Douglas as the embattled Colonel Dax. Free to members and included in the regular price of admission: http://www.pritzkermilitary.org/events/saturday-matinee-series/saturday-matinee-paths-glory/.

Image courtesy Ronald Grant Archive.
Based on a novel by Humphrey Cobb, Stanley Kubrick's iconic anti-war film stars Kirk Douglas as Colonel Dax, a French commander ordered to send his troops on a high-risk "suicide mission" into German territory during World War 1.
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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.