Pritzker Military Museum & Library

Pritzker Military Museum & Library The Pritzker Military Museum & Library features books, exhibits, live webcasts, and audio podcasts about the military history and affairs.

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Who is Bill Mauldin? Track down and take a selfie with Mauldin's famous cartoons featured at 5 downtown Chicago bus shel...
06/08/2021

Who is Bill Mauldin? Track down and take a selfie with Mauldin's famous cartoons featured at 5 downtown Chicago bus shelters for a chance to win our #MauldinandMe giveaway!

The more cartoons you take selfies with, the bigger your chance to win the grand prize. Plus, earn 3 extra points for taking a selfie at the new Drawn to Combat: Bill Mauldin & The Art of War exhibit at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library.

Hurry, three lucky winners will be chosen Sunday, July 4. Visit here for giveaway details and bus shelter locations: pritzkermilitary.org/mauldin-giveaway

Who is Bill Mauldin? Track down and take a selfie with Mauldin's famous cartoons featured at 5 downtown Chicago bus shelters for a chance to win our #MauldinandMe giveaway!

The more cartoons you take selfies with, the bigger your chance to win the grand prize. Plus, earn 3 extra points for taking a selfie at the new Drawn to Combat: Bill Mauldin & The Art of War exhibit at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library.

Hurry, three lucky winners will be chosen Sunday, July 4. Visit here for giveaway details and bus shelter locations: pritzkermilitary.org/mauldin-giveaway

In partnership with the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, don't miss out on your chance to register for our ...
06/07/2021

In partnership with the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, don't miss out on your chance to register for our free virtual program this Wednesday, June 9 at 12 pm CT as we welcome acclaimed author Tim Brady to discuss his new book, Three Ordinary Girls: The Remarkable Story of Three Dutch Teenagers Who Became Spies, Saboteurs, Nazi Assassins--and WWII Heroes.

Brady offers little-known perspective of the Dutch Resistance by telling the stories of three courageous young women and how their dedication evolved into dangerous, life-threatening missions on behalf of Dutch patriots – regardless of consequences.

Visit here for more details and reserve your spot now: https://bit.ly/3fIOyFI

In partnership with the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, don't miss out on your chance to register for our free virtual program this Wednesday, June 9 at 12 pm CT as we welcome acclaimed author Tim Brady to discuss his new book, Three Ordinary Girls: The Remarkable Story of Three Dutch Teenagers Who Became Spies, Saboteurs, Nazi Assassins--and WWII Heroes.

Brady offers little-known perspective of the Dutch Resistance by telling the stories of three courageous young women and how their dedication evolved into dangerous, life-threatening missions on behalf of Dutch patriots – regardless of consequences.

Visit here for more details and reserve your spot now: https://bit.ly/3fIOyFI

This week’s #PrideMonth spotlight features James Darby, who served as a Communications Technician with the U.S. Navy at ...
06/07/2021
James Darby, Communications Technician, 2nd Class | Pritzker Military Museum & Library | Chicago

This week’s #PrideMonth spotlight features James Darby, who served as a Communications Technician with the U.S. Navy at the end of the Korean War and deciphered Russian radio communications during the Cold War.

In our interview with Darby, he recalls his fear of getting kicked out of the Navy due to his sexual orientation, sharing one close call of being “discovered.” Now retired, he is an outspoken activist for veterans, the LGTBQ+ community, as well as human rights.

Listen to our past Holt Oral History interview with Darby as he shares his story: https://bit.ly/2QxBnPE

James Darby served in the United Sates Navy at the end of the Korean War as a Communications Technician deciphering Russian radio communications.

In honor of today’s anniversary of D-Day, read our latest blog post highlighting the history of this monumental day in m...
06/06/2021

In honor of today’s anniversary of D-Day, read our latest blog post highlighting the history of this monumental day in military history, as well as a curated collection of our books and programs discussing D-Day: https://bit.ly/3x1nvMT

In honor of today’s anniversary of D-Day, read our latest blog post highlighting the history of this monumental day in military history, as well as a curated collection of our books and programs discussing D-Day: https://bit.ly/3x1nvMT

Today marks the anniversary of D-Day, remembered as the largest seaborne invasion in military history. On June 6, 1944, ...
06/06/2021

Today marks the anniversary of D-Day, remembered as the largest seaborne invasion in military history. On June 6, 1944, Allied soldiers made a surprise landing on the shores of Northern France during WWII.

By the end of the day, nearly 175,000 Allied soldiers had either parachuted into France or landed on one of five beaches of the Normandy coast. Operation Overlord — and Operation Neptune as the amphibious assault was codenamed — proved to be a vital turning point in World War II as Allied forces pushed the Germans off the Atlantic coast and began the march to Germany.

Interested in learning more about D-Day? Visit our website to explore our previous exhibit, D-Day +75, dedicated to its 75th anniversary, here: https://bit.ly/2QAUmJ6

Today marks the anniversary of D-Day, remembered as the largest seaborne invasion in military history. On June 6, 1944, Allied soldiers made a surprise landing on the shores of Northern France during WWII.

By the end of the day, nearly 175,000 Allied soldiers had either parachuted into France or landed on one of five beaches of the Normandy coast. Operation Overlord — and Operation Neptune as the amphibious assault was codenamed — proved to be a vital turning point in World War II as Allied forces pushed the Germans off the Atlantic coast and began the march to Germany.

Interested in learning more about D-Day? Visit our website to explore our previous exhibit, D-Day +75, dedicated to its 75th anniversary, here: https://bit.ly/2QAUmJ6

Today is National Doughnut Day! The day originated in Chicago in 1938 as a fundraiser and tribute to the Salvation Army ...
06/04/2021

Today is National Doughnut Day! The day originated in Chicago in 1938 as a fundraiser and tribute to the Salvation Army “Doughnut Lassies” who supported the troops during WWI.

In 1917, the Salvation Army started a mission to provide spiritual and emotional support to troops on the front lines in France. One of the volunteer's challenges was serving baked goods due to the limited rations.

This is when two volunteers, Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance, came up with the idea of providing doughnuts. They baked the doughnuts in soldiers’ helmets and used spent artillery casings as rolling pins. The women who served the doughnuts to soldiers were nicknamed “Doughnut Lassies” and are credited with popularizing the doughnut in the U.S.

Learn more about the Salvation Army from our resources here: https://bit.ly/3u2iMJg

Today is National Doughnut Day! The day originated in Chicago in 1938 as a fundraiser and tribute to the Salvation Army “Doughnut Lassies” who supported the troops during WWI.

In 1917, the Salvation Army started a mission to provide spiritual and emotional support to troops on the front lines in France. One of the volunteer's challenges was serving baked goods due to the limited rations.

This is when two volunteers, Ensign Margaret Sheldon and Adjutant Helen Purviance, came up with the idea of providing doughnuts. They baked the doughnuts in soldiers’ helmets and used spent artillery casings as rolling pins. The women who served the doughnuts to soldiers were nicknamed “Doughnut Lassies” and are credited with popularizing the doughnut in the U.S.

Learn more about the Salvation Army from our resources here: https://bit.ly/3u2iMJg

Did you know that the U.S. Military is one of the largest employers for members of the LGBTQ community in the U.S. today...
06/04/2021

Did you know that the U.S. Military is one of the largest employers for members of the LGBTQ community in the U.S. today?

Join the Pritzker Military Museum & Library for our upcoming virtual program: Exploring the Intersection of the U.S. Military and the LGBTQ Community on Wednesday, June 23 at 12 pm CT. The panel discussion will feature military members in the LGBTQ+ community who will share their experiences, challenges, and what policy changes have meant for their service. The discussion will be moderated by Mara Keisling, founder and executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality.

Registration is free. Learn more and reserve your spot now: https://bit.ly/3yuCAYW

Did you know that the U.S. Military is one of the largest employers for members of the LGBTQ community in the U.S. today?

Join the Pritzker Military Museum & Library for our upcoming virtual program: Exploring the Intersection of the U.S. Military and the LGBTQ Community on Wednesday, June 23 at 12 pm CT. The panel discussion will feature military members in the LGBTQ+ community who will share their experiences, challenges, and what policy changes have meant for their service. The discussion will be moderated by Mara Keisling, founder and executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality.

Registration is free. Learn more and reserve your spot now: https://bit.ly/3yuCAYW

The Pritzker Military Museum & Library is excited to announce the winner of this year’s Pritzker Literature Award this s...
06/03/2021

The Pritzker Military Museum & Library is excited to announce the winner of this year’s Pritzker Literature Award this summer.

In the meantime, read the literary work from our past award recipients from authors Dr. John Morrow Jr. and Denis Showalter. Browse our collection of their books from our Museum & Library online gift shop now: https://bit.ly/3yYsHTN

The Pritzker Military Museum & Library is excited to announce the winner of this year’s Pritzker Literature Award this summer.

In the meantime, read the literary work from our past award recipients from authors Dr. John Morrow Jr. and Denis Showalter. Browse our collection of their books from our Museum & Library online gift shop now: https://bit.ly/3yYsHTN

Did you know Bill Mauldin was often outspoken on the privilege he witnessed in American politics during his career as a ...
06/03/2021

Did you know Bill Mauldin was often outspoken on the privilege he witnessed in American politics during his career as a cartoonist? #WhoIsBillMauldin

Mauldin devoted some of his most intense critiques in his cartoons to the social injustices of the period, addressing segregation in the armed forces, the civil rights movement of the 1960s, and the economic inequalities in America.

Explore Mauldin’s cartoons depicting the social injustices of his era by visiting our new exhibit, Drawn to Combat: Bill Mauldin & The Art of War. Learn more and purchase your exhibit tickets ahead of time here: whoisbillmauldin.com

Did you know Bill Mauldin was often outspoken on the privilege he witnessed in American politics during his career as a cartoonist? #WhoIsBillMauldin

Mauldin devoted some of his most intense critiques in his cartoons to the social injustices of the period, addressing segregation in the armed forces, the civil rights movement of the 1960s, and the economic inequalities in America.

Explore Mauldin’s cartoons depicting the social injustices of his era by visiting our new exhibit, Drawn to Combat: Bill Mauldin & The Art of War. Learn more and purchase your exhibit tickets ahead of time here: whoisbillmauldin.com

In partnership with the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, we are excited to welcome acclaimed author Tim Bra...
06/02/2021

In partnership with the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, we are excited to welcome acclaimed author Tim Brady to discuss his new book, Three Ordinary Girls: The Remarkable Story of Three Dutch Teenagers Who Became Spies, Saboteurs, Nazi Assassins--and WWII Heroes.

Join us virtually on Wednesday, June 9 at 12 pm CT as Brady offers little-known perspective of the Dutch Resistance by telling the stories of three courageous young women and how their dedication evolved into dangerous, life-threatening missions on behalf of Dutch patriots – regardless of consequences.

Registration is free. Visit here for more details and reserve your spot now: https://bit.ly/3fIOyFI

In partnership with the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, we are excited to welcome acclaimed author Tim Brady to discuss his new book, Three Ordinary Girls: The Remarkable Story of Three Dutch Teenagers Who Became Spies, Saboteurs, Nazi Assassins--and WWII Heroes.

Join us virtually on Wednesday, June 9 at 12 pm CT as Brady offers little-known perspective of the Dutch Resistance by telling the stories of three courageous young women and how their dedication evolved into dangerous, life-threatening missions on behalf of Dutch patriots – regardless of consequences.

Registration is free. Visit here for more details and reserve your spot now: https://bit.ly/3fIOyFI

Happy #PrideMonth to our U.S. military active duty and veterans of the LGBTQ+ community!  Check out our latest blog post...
06/01/2021

Happy #PrideMonth to our U.S. military active duty and veterans of the LGBTQ+ community!

Check out our latest blog post focusing on the history of the LGBTQ+ community and the military, plus explore our curated list of our Holt Oral History program interviews with LGBTQ+ veterans, LGBTQ+ books, and resources related to the military here: https://bit.ly/2SNLQHv

Happy #PrideMonth to our U.S. military active duty and veterans of the LGBTQ+ community!

Check out our latest blog post focusing on the history of the LGBTQ+ community and the military, plus explore our curated list of our Holt Oral History program interviews with LGBTQ+ veterans, LGBTQ+ books, and resources related to the military here: https://bit.ly/2SNLQHv

Watch WTTW - Chicago PBS’s recent ‘Chicago Tonight’ segment discussing our new exhibit, Drawn to Combat: Bill Mauldin & ...
06/01/2021
Military Museum Remembers the Master Cartoonist Who Was ‘Drawn to Combat’

Watch WTTW - Chicago PBS’s recent ‘Chicago Tonight’ segment discussing our new exhibit, Drawn to Combat: Bill Mauldin & The Art of War featuring our Museum Curator, James Brundage. #WhoIsBillMauldin

Purchase your exhibit tickets ahead of time here: whoisbillmauldin.com

By the age of 23 he had fought in World War II, tangled with Gen. Patton, and won his first Pulitzer Prize. Cartoonist Bill Mauldin created artwork for magazines, books and newspapers from the 1940s into the ‘90s. We explore a new exhibition of his work.

On this Memorial Day, join the Pritzker Military Museum & Library as we observe our nation’s annual National Moment of R...
05/31/2021

On this Memorial Day, join the Pritzker Military Museum & Library as we observe our nation’s annual National Moment of Remembrance at 3 pm local time. Pause in silence for one minute to honor and remember our heroic servicemen and women who have passed while serving in our nation’s highest honor of the U.S. military.

On this Memorial Day, join the Pritzker Military Museum & Library as we observe our nation’s annual National Moment of Remembrance at 3 pm local time. Pause in silence for one minute to honor and remember our heroic servicemen and women who have passed while serving in our nation’s highest honor of the U.S. military.

05/31/2021
Memorial Day 2021

In honor of Memorial Day, the Pritzker Military Museum & Library presents our 2021 Memorial Day commemoration video in dedication to our fallen heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice to serve to protect our country and defend our freedom. Watch now!

The Pritzker Military Museum & Library is proud to capture veterans’ stories from our Holt Oral History program. In ligh...
05/30/2021

The Pritzker Military Museum & Library is proud to capture veterans’ stories from our Holt Oral History program. In light of Memorial Day tomorrow, take time to listen and reflect on the stories of service and sacrifice from our U.S. veterans.

Howell Joseph Malham, Private First Class. Malham was a U.S. Marine, serving in the Battle of Okinawa and a proud recipient of the Purple Heart award. He has since passed from the taping of the interview. Listen to his story here: https://bit.ly/3fnv6PZ

Stewart Barbee, Specialist 5, DASPO (Department of the Army Special Photographic Office). Barbee captured and documented the Vietnam War from the front lines as a cinematographer for DASPO from 1969- 1970, where he worked on training films and documentaries throughout Southeast Asia: https://bit.ly/3umttGz

Diana J. Ramsey, 1st Lieutenant. Ramsey served in the U. S. Army Nurse Corps as an Operating Room Nurse with the 67th EVAC in Qui Nhon, Vietnam from 1967 to 1968- including during the Tet Offensive: https://bit.ly/37Ft35A

Dr. Melvin Collins, Radarman 3rd Class. Dr. Collins served aboard the USS Franks DD554, a destroy shipper, in the Pacific during WWII. During his tour, he rescued twenty-two downed pilots from planes that had been hit by enemy gunfire, awarded the Bronze Star and the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for his act. Dr. Collins has since passed from the taping of the interview. Listen to his experience here: https://bit.ly/34jINJv

This Memorial Day weekend, honor and remember a veteran in your life with a Commemorate Their Service memorial or honori...
05/30/2021
Commemorate Their Service

This Memorial Day weekend, honor and remember a veteran in your life with a Commemorate Their Service memorial or honorial.

With your donation, your veteran will be featured on the Pritzker Military Museum & Library’s Commemorate Their Service Wall of Honor and in a book in our circulating collection. Visit here for more details: https://bit.ly/3fkJXeb

Honor and remember those in your life who served in the military with a Commemorate Their Service™ memorial or honorial. Everyone knows someone who served. Whether you know someone who served in the American Revolution, WWII, the Vietnam War or curren

Take advantage of our Memorial Day Weekend Sale by saving 30% off all books at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library gi...
05/29/2021

Take advantage of our Memorial Day Weekend Sale by saving 30% off all books at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library gift shop! Offer valid through Monday, May 31. Save now: pritzkermilitary.org/shop/

Take advantage of our Memorial Day Weekend Sale by saving 30% off all books at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library gift shop! Offer valid through Monday, May 31. Save now: pritzkermilitary.org/shop/

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104 S Michigan Ave, Fl 2nd
Chicago, IL
60603

Adams/Wabash CTA elevated Monroe CTA subway

General information

Since opening in 2003, the Pritzker Military Museum & Library has produced over 300 programs including events with award-winning authors, interviews with Medal of Honor recipients, and Emmy-nominated panel discussions on military issues. Programs are presented in front of a live audience, webcast live on the Internet, and recorded for later broadcast on WYCC-TV/Channel 20 and WTTW-TW/Channel 11, PBS affiliates. Programs are also available for download as audio podcasts. Winner of the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the Pritzker Military Museum & Library features a collection of books and films on subjects covering the full spectrum of American military history, along with military-themed posters, photographs, medals, uniforms, and other artifacts from private donors and the collection of the Library’s founder, COL (IL) J.N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Retired).

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00

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(312) 374-9333

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