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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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    World Space Week

    One of the amazing achievements of the Cold War was to accelerate space exploration. In our most recent post, take a look at the history of the Space Race and learn how we are continuing that legacy today. 

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    Happy 75th birthday to the United States Air Force!

    Happy 75th Birthday, US Air Force! 

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    Meet the PMML Staff - James Brundage

    Meet the PMML Staff! James Brundage is our Museum Curator. Find out how he became interested in military history and what drives his to share unique perspectives on historical events with the items in our collection. 

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    Life Behind the Wire: Oral Histories of Prisoners of War

    The current exhibit, Life Behind the Wire: Prisoners of War examines the treatment of prisoners of war during World War II and the Vietnam War as well as their physical and spiritual struggles. Learn about the experiences of Don Casey, Malcolm Esktrand, Carver McGriff, and John Borling in our latest blog. 

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    The Battle of Lorraine

    The Battle of Lorraine was fought by the armies of France and the German Empire in and around the city of Lorraine during WWI. It is included as part of the campaign series known as The Battle of the Frontiers.

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    Meet the PMML Staff - Leah Cohen

    Meet the PMML staff! Learn about Leah Cohen, our Oral History and Reference Manager. 

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    Ulysses S. Grant

    Have you ever wondered why there are so many things are named after Ulysses S. Grant in Illinois? Who was he? And what is his connection to Illinois?

  • Liz Carr
    Meet the PMML Staff - Liz Carr

    Meet our amazing staff! Liz is the Development Administrative Coordinator and she's likely helped you with program registrations or membership renewal. Learn more about Liz!

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    A Brief History of PRIDE

    Every year in June, the LGBTQ+ community celebrates Pride month, the community, and its achievements. Learn about the beginnings of this movement from the Stonewall Riots to today. 

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    Who is Uncle Sam?

    Who is Uncle Sam? And how did he come to represent the United States?

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    Memorial Day

    On this Memorial Day, we honor and commemorate the service and sacrifice of our soldiers.

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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. 

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    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.  

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    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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