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The Museum & Library is proud to continue guiding the general public through their exploration of military history, military affairs, and national security in greater detail thanks to the Pritzker Military Museum & Library blog. Here, the Museum & Library posts longer form content covering a wide array of events, topics, people, and moments in history. Blog posts are written by staff members of the Museum & Library, partners and friends, as well as authors that take part in or contribute towards programming. Keep the conversation alive by interacting in the comment section of each post!

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    The 100th Infantry Regiment and 442nd Regimental Combat Team

    May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. In our blog, we honor the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to US Military efforts. 

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    Follow-up Q&A for the “Assessing the Ukrainian War” Panel

    As a follow up to our event on April 13, panelists answered additional questions. 

  • John McCrae
    War Poetry

    In honor of National Poetry Month, we share insight and additional resources on poet-soldiers from WWI, specifically, John McCrae, writer of In Flanders Fields.  

  • Ashlynne Deason
    A Perspective from a Military Child

    April is designated as the Month of the Military Child, recognized as a time to honor the sacrifices made by military families, especially children.  Ashlynne Deason, one of the children involved with Kids Rank, a service-based organization whose mission is to empower military children, shares a little about herself and the inspiring relationship she has with her military father. 

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    Women in the Military

    Our final blog in our series of guest blog posts, Dr. Heather Stur discusses women and the military. 

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    The Historian's Take: Updated Thoughts on Putin and the Ukrainian Crisis

    Chief Military Historian, Dr. Matthew Muehlbauer, shares updated thought on Putin and the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. 

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    Mrs. Cordelia Harvey

    Meet Mrs. Cordelia Harvey, wife of Governor Louis Harvey, who became known as “The Wisconsin Angel” and represented the white middle class face of soldier’s relief efforts in Wisconsin during the Civil War (1861-1865).

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    Brothers of Valor, Valor Denied: African American Soldiers in US History

    The second in our series of guest blog posts, Dr. Robert F. Jefferson discusses the role of African American soldiers in US History. 

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    The Historian's Take: Thoughts on Putin and the Ukrainian Crisis

    Chief Military Historian, Dr. Matthew Muehlbauer, shares thought on Putin and the current crisis in Ukraine. 

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    Abraham Lincoln and Ida M. Tarbell

    In honor of Abraham Lincoln's birthday, we explore Ida M. Tarbell's groundbreaking biography on Lincoln. 

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    Military and Civil Rights

    In his "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," Dr. King’s words also reflect a broader vision of inclusivity — that all who come to this country immediately form part of its fabric.

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    First Indochina War & the Battle of Hanoi

    Often when people think of the Cold War, they see it as a great battle of superpowers - the United States vs. the Soviet Union. However, the Cold War was much more nuanced than that.  It included smaller conflicts around ideologies and imperialism, with some of those conflicts resulting from the treaties and areas of influence created at the end of World War II.

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    80th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

    December 7th marks the 80th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Described at the time as a “day that will live in infamy”, the attack is seen as the catalyst that brought the United States into World War II on the side of the Allies.

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    In Honor of Veterans Day

    On November 11th, Americans gather to honor the country’s veterans and the sacrifices those veterans have made to preserve our country’s democracy, rights, and freedoms.

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    2021 Gala Recap

    The 2021 Liberty Gala honored the achievements of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library and the service of Citizen Soldiers, particularly those who served during the Cold War. 

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    An American Icon Turns 100!

    October 29, 2021 marks the 100th birthday of Bill Mauldin, one of the greatest cartoonists of the twentieth century.

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    Yom Kippur War

    The fourth Arab-Israeli war broke out on October 6, 1973, as most Israeli soldiers were observing Yom Kippur, affording the Arab armies the ability to make impressive initial advances.

  • Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
    Hispanic Heritage Month

    The diversity of those who have served and continue to serve in the United States military is incredible and Hispanics and Latino Americans account for a strong part of that population in each branch of the military, at all levels. 

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    Adaptive Sports for Veterans

    One of the ways many veterans cope with their injuries is with the Unites States Department of Defense’s (DoD) Warrior Games. It is a competitive event for male and female military service personnel and veterans who have been injured or stricken by illness while in service.

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    In Honor of Mexican Independence Day

    Every September 16th, Mexico celebrates one of the most important days in Hispanic history - the anniversary of Mexico’s Independence from Spain.

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