Wednesday, April 22, 2015

2015 Call for Chicago Honor Flight

World War II and Korean War Veterans from Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana are invited to participate in this year's flight to experience an unforgettable day in Washington, D.C. at no charge. For further information veterans should contact Honor Fight Chicago at 773-227-8387 or


Thursday, April 16, 2015

"Tam Ky: The Battle for Nui Yon Hill" an upcoming library program

Vietnam veteran and author, Tom Podzol,  will present an illustrated lecture based on his book and his experiences with Charlie Company, 3/21,196th Light Infantry Brigade in 1969.

This author-lecture event will take place on Sunday, May 17 at 2pm at the Niles Public Library, 6960 W. Oakton St. The library is located at the northeast corner of the intersection of Oakton and Waukegan.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

"The Forgotten War"

R. Conrad Stein of Chicago penned a moving  12-paragraph letter that appeared in the Voice of the People section of the Chicago Tribune on Saturday, April 4, 2015, describing his time at Lane Technical High School in the early 50s when older students faced the prospect of serving in Korea. After he graduated in 1955, he joined the Marine Corps. His recollections of the student body, the military draft and teachers provide glimpses of days now perhaps yellowing in history. In conclusion he observes: "The Korean War remains a forgotten war, fought by a forgotten  generation."

The national Veterans History Project collects and preserves the memoirs of service of America's soldiers so that they are not all forgotten. The Niles Public Library has interviewed 9 veterans who served in  Korea. Their accounts can be read and heard through the Niles Public Library homepage.

Any local veterans who  wish to be interviewed for  the Veterans History Project are encouraged to contact Neil O'Shea , 847-663-6425,  at the Niles Public Library

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

R.I.P. Major Irwin F. Williger

 The centenarian participant in the national Veterans History Project at the Niles Public Library passed away on March 3, 2015. The interview of this American hero and member of the Greatest Generation can be read and heard via the Niles Library website.

 His death notice can be read at the link below.

Dr. Irwin Williger, a surgeon fascinated with needlepoint, dies at 101 entitled the  appreciative obituary  written by Joan Giangrasse Kates which appeared in the March 19, 2015 issue of the Chicago Tribune.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St Patrick's Day and a Salute to the Fighting 69th from Ward's Irish Music Archives

Famed in film and song for their martial exploits during World War I, the 69th and its Irish Brigade is said to have received its nickname from General Robert E. Lee during the Battle of Malvern Hill on July 1, 1862, and would earn eternal glory at the Battle of Fredericksburg  that December. The proud New York regiment has seen action in five wars and its members have earned 7 Medals of Honor.

"Courtesy of the  Irish Fest Collection, Ward Irish Music Archives, Milwaukee Irish Fest".

.The Ward Irish Music Archives are located at 1532 N. Wauwatosa Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53213-2623
Phone: (414) 476-8999

Monday, March 16, 2015

Chicago and the First World War, Library Program, Sunday, March 22, 2pm

Dr. Diane Dillon, co-curator and director of the recent Newberry Library exhibition, Chicago, Europe and the Great War,  will present an illustrated lecture in the first floor auditorium of the Niles Public Library, 6960 W. Oakton St. in Niles, Illinois. Noting that March is Women's History Month, Dr. Dillon will also touch on the role of women in her presentation as she references the other recent companion  exhibition at the Newberry  American Women Rebuilding France, 1917-1924.  Dr. Dillon currently serves as theInterim Vice President for Research and Academic Program. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

London Statue of Edith Cavell, World War I Heroine

Honoring the English nurse slain in Belgium, this statue stands just up from the apron of St. Martin's-in-the Fields Church at the northeast corner of Trafalgar Square. Her message to humanity reads," Patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards any one."  Miss Cavell is profiled in Kathryn Atwood's book, Women Heroes of World War I.