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The Pritzker Military Library focuses on the role of the Citizen Soldier in the preservation of democracy.
The Pritzker Military Library focuses on the role of the Citizen Soldier in the preservation of democracy.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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