27OCT2018 Program: Honor Before Glory: the Japanese American Contribution to European Campaigns

The Japanese American Citizens League and The WWII History Round Table Present a Very Special Program

Honor Before Glory: The Epic World War II Story of the Japanese American Contribution to the Allied Campaigns in Italy and France

Where: The Visitor Center at Historic Fort Snelling
When: Saturday, October 27, 2018
Doors Open at 12 Noon; Program 1–3:30 p.m.

Scott McGaugh, the author of Honor Before Glory, will discuss the World War II story of the Japanese American GIs of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team who rescued two hundred American soldiers who were surrounded by German troops in the Vosges Mountains of eastern France.

The 442nd was composed of two distinct units: the 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the 100th Infantry Battalion. These two units were formed independently at different times and did not share a common lineage. The 100th would eventually become the 1st Battalion of the 442nd in June 1944.

The 442nd was the most decorated unit for its size and length of service in the history of American warfare. The unit was awarded eight Presidential Unit Citations (5 earned in one month). Twenty-one of its members were awarded Medals of Honor. Its motto was “Go for Broke.”

Book event: Odd Lovoll’s Two Homelands: A Historian Considers His Life and Work

Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 11 AM CDT
Norway House in Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Odd S. Lovoll has spent his career chronicling the stories of Norwegian immigrants to the United States and Canada. He, too, was an immigrant at a young age, and like many international migrants returned to his homeland for a period during his young adult life before settling permanently in the United States. This personal connection has long informed his work, and now he turns his academic’s eye to his own story. His book includes a chapter on the 99th Infantry Battalion.

Fitzharris receives Simmons Award

Our very own Dr. Joseph C. Fitzharris, Professor Emeritus of History, University of St. Thomas, received the 2018 Edwin H. Simmons Award from the Society for Military History.

The Edwin H. Simmons Award (formerly the Victor Gondos Award) is presented for long, distinguished or particularly outstanding service to the Society for Military History.

Established in 1933 as the American Military History Foundation, renamed in 1939 the American Military Institute, and renamed again in 1990 the Society for Military History, the Society is devoted to stimulating and advancing the study of military history. Its membership (today more than 2700) has included many of the world’s most prominent scholars, soldiers, and citizens interested in military history.

VE Day 2017 — Honoring Vets

10:30 – Assemble on SOUTH Capitol Lower Steps
11:00 – March to WWII Memorial, South Side
11:15 – Ceremony at WWII Memorial (See Video)
11:45 – Closing
Sponsored: WWII History Round Table
WWII Russian Veterans Association

See flyer for the program.
See Video on the Immortal Regiment

“Wiesenthal” — Play at Illusion Theatre, 2017 APR 25-30

Filled with hope, humanity and humor, Wiesenthal is the riveting true story of Simon Wiesenthal, an ordinary man who did extraordinary things. Nicknamed the “Jewish James Bond,” he devoted his life to bringing more than 1,100 Nazi war criminals to justice. Intelligent, funny, flawed and noble, Wiesenthal was a universal hero. His unbelievable dedication and tenacity over decades is honored in this play, which gives equal weight to his wisdom and wit during his long, purposeful life.

Tony Award winner Daryl Roth and Karyl Lynn Burns present the New York premiere of Wiesenthal, the award-winning play written by and starring Tom Dugan.

We are grateful for the Sponsorship of JCRC to support this production.

Wiesenthal Playbill

For tickets and information call the Illusion Theatre at 612-339-4944 or go the website

Commemorate Exec Order 9066

The Japanese American Citizens League is organizing a program to commemorate FDR’s Executive Order 9066 that incarcerated Japanese-American Citizens.  
19 Feb 2017, Sunday, 3M Auditorium at MN Historical Society, 345 West Kellogg, St Paul

CALL:  651-259-3015 for reservation of FREE ticket