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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!

  • Putin
    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. 

  • Tarbell's book on Lincoln
    Abraham Lincoln and Ida M. Tarbell

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

  • Soldiers with Flag
    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.

  • 1st IndoChina War
    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.

  • Pearl Harbor print
    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.

  • Veterans Day 1969
    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.

  • 2021 Liberty Gala
    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. 

  • Bill Mauldin turns 100
    An American Icon Turns 100!

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

  • Israeli F-4 Phantom
    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. 

  • Adaptive Basketball
    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.

  • Unzueta, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons
    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.

  • Ground Zero
    Commemorating September 11th

    As we commemorate the 20th Anniversary of September 11th, the Museum & Library wanted to take a moment to reflect on its impact on a more personal level while also providing a few resources for those interested in learning more about the tragic events that took place that day in 2001. 

  • M1 Carbine
    A Brief Look at the Development of the M1 Carbine

    The M1 Carbine is one of the first successful intermediary long guns in the modern U.S. arsenal.

  • Air Force
    Air Force Day

    America’s successful use of air power in World War II led President Truman to establish Air Force Day on August 1, 1947. 

  • Cold War
    5 Books on the Cold War for Summer Reading

    5 Books on the Cold War for Summer Reading

  • Buffalo Soldier
    Buffalo Soldier

    Have you heard of the Buffalo Soldier?

  • Mauldin Cartoon
    Curating Mauldin: Selecting Cartoons for Drawn to Combat

    Curating Mauldin: Selecting Cartoons for Drawn to Combat

  • Vindman
    National Security Imperatives in the Near Abroad

    This December will mark the 30th anniversary of the collapse of the Soviet Union.

  • Drafting the declaration of Independence
    Happy July 4th

    Thinking about the origins of Independence Day and the history of the American Revolutionary period.

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