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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Celebrate Shakespeare Day today by exploring our specially curated collection of William Shakespeare-themed programs, bo...
04/23/2021

Celebrate Shakespeare Day today by exploring our specially curated collection of William Shakespeare-themed programs, books, and digital archives centered around war here: https://bit.ly/3gxDJsn

Celebrate Shakespeare Day today by exploring our specially curated collection of William Shakespeare-themed programs, books, and digital archives centered around war here: https://bit.ly/3gxDJsn

04/22/2021
Drawn to Combat: Bill Mauldin & The Art of War

Catch a sneak peek of our upcoming exhibition: Drawn to Combat: Bill Mauldin & The Art of War shared by our Museum Curator, James Brundage. Featured is Mauldin's sketchbook from his time in Korea as a war correspondent in 1952.

Explore more original artifacts included in Bill Mauldin’s largest collection on display at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library starting May 14, 2021. #WhoIsBillMauldin

Learn more here: pritzkermilitary.org/billmauldinexhibit

04/20/2021

Thank you to the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center for hosting our Pritzker Military Museum & Library directors today! We enjoyed visiting the museum and previewing your exciting new virtual reality experience. We look forward to collaborating together in the future.

Don’t miss our upcoming episode of ‘In the Armory: The M1 Carbine’ on Wednesday, April 28 at 12 pm CT.  Led by our Direc...
04/19/2021

Don’t miss our upcoming episode of ‘In the Armory: The M1 Carbine’ on Wednesday, April 28 at 12 pm CT. Led by our Director of Collections, Dustin DePue will dig into our armory to look at the M1 Carbine, a lightweight semi-automatic carbine designed specifically to bridge the gap between pistol-caliber fi****ms and the powerful 30-06 cartridge fired by the M1 Garand.

Registration is free. Reserve your spot now: https://bit.ly/2QIHLDv

Don’t miss our upcoming episode of ‘In the Armory: The M1 Carbine’ on Wednesday, April 28 at 12 pm CT. Led by our Director of Collections, Dustin DePue will dig into our armory to look at the M1 Carbine, a lightweight semi-automatic carbine designed specifically to bridge the gap between pistol-caliber fi****ms and the powerful 30-06 cartridge fired by the M1 Garand.

Registration is free. Reserve your spot now: https://bit.ly/2QIHLDv

#OTD in military history in 1942, the U.S. retaliated against Japan after they attacked the U.S. Fleet at Pearl Harbor. ...
04/18/2021

#OTD in military history in 1942, the U.S. retaliated against Japan after they attacked the U.S. Fleet at Pearl Harbor.

Two weeks after the attack, President Franklin D. Roosevelt instructed the Joint Chiefs of Staff for the U.S. to bomb Japan as soon as possible to boost American morale. Army Air Corps Lt. Col. James Doolittle was assigned to plan and execute the raid.

After four months of extensive strategic planning, Doolittle and his volunteer crew launched sixteen B-25B Mitchell bombers to their target cities of Tokyo, Yokosuka, Nagoya, and Kobe, overhead dropping their specially-designed 500 pound conventional and incendiary bomb loads. The bomb raid mission was a success.

Learn more about the Doolittle B-25 Air Raid on Japan from our resources here: http://bit.ly/3qWDj0i

#OTD in military history in 1942, the U.S. retaliated against Japan after they attacked the U.S. Fleet at Pearl Harbor.

Two weeks after the attack, President Franklin D. Roosevelt instructed the Joint Chiefs of Staff for the U.S. to bomb Japan as soon as possible to boost American morale. Army Air Corps Lt. Col. James Doolittle was assigned to plan and execute the raid.

After four months of extensive strategic planning, Doolittle and his volunteer crew launched sixteen B-25B Mitchell bombers to their target cities of Tokyo, Yokosuka, Nagoya, and Kobe, overhead dropping their specially-designed 500 pound conventional and incendiary bomb loads. The bomb raid mission was a success.

Learn more about the Doolittle B-25 Air Raid on Japan from our resources here: http://bit.ly/3qWDj0i

Take advantage of our Spring Blowout Sale with 30% off all merchandise at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library gift sh...
04/18/2021

Take advantage of our Spring Blowout Sale with 30% off all merchandise at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library gift shop! Offer valid through Saturday, April 24. Shop now: pritzkermilitary.org/shop/

Take advantage of our Spring Blowout Sale with 30% off all merchandise at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library gift shop! Offer valid through Saturday, April 24. Shop now: pritzkermilitary.org/shop/

Thanks to Illinois Tech for sponsoring this year’s On War Military History Symposium. Our shared commitment to education...
04/15/2021

Thanks to Illinois Tech for sponsoring this year’s On War Military History Symposium. Our shared commitment to education, excellence and military service has created a long partnership between our institutions. Join Illinois Tech and its faculty and students for the virtual Symposium on May 3-4. Get your ticket today: pritzkermilitary.org/onwar2021

Thanks to Illinois Tech for sponsoring this year’s On War Military History Symposium. Our shared commitment to education, excellence and military service has created a long partnership between our institutions. Join Illinois Tech and its faculty and students for the virtual Symposium on May 3-4. Get your ticket today: pritzkermilitary.org/onwar2021

#OTD in military history in 1948, the U.S. Air Force Reserve was formed, and, since has played a crucial role in our nat...
04/14/2021

#OTD in military history in 1948, the U.S. Air Force Reserve was formed, and, since has played a crucial role in our nation’s defense. Its significance dates back further, however, with the passage of the National Defense Act of 1916, which established America’s reserve forces.

The Army Air Corps, with its own reservists, would be flying America’s combat missions 10 years later. Just after World War II, the U.S. Air Force was created as its own branch, and an Air Force Reserve was born out of the transfer of reservists from the Army Air Corps to the Air Force.

We’re celebrating their birthday by showcasing an Air Force Reserve window card from our collection. The inspiring phrase, “Air Reservists – Keep Active!” appeared on most recruitment posters.

Learn more about the Air Force Reserve from our resources here: https://bit.ly/3ePGS5T

#OTD in military history in 1948, the U.S. Air Force Reserve was formed, and, since has played a crucial role in our nation’s defense. Its significance dates back further, however, with the passage of the National Defense Act of 1916, which established America’s reserve forces.

The Army Air Corps, with its own reservists, would be flying America’s combat missions 10 years later. Just after World War II, the U.S. Air Force was created as its own branch, and an Air Force Reserve was born out of the transfer of reservists from the Army Air Corps to the Air Force.

We’re celebrating their birthday by showcasing an Air Force Reserve window card from our collection. The inspiring phrase, “Air Reservists – Keep Active!” appeared on most recruitment posters.

Learn more about the Air Force Reserve from our resources here: https://bit.ly/3ePGS5T

Get a sneak peek of what will be discussed in our upcoming ‘Rare Book’ webinar tomorrow by reading our latest blog post ...
04/13/2021
Rare Book: Baron von Steuben's "Regulations for the order and discipline of the troops of the United States, Part I" | Exhibits | Pritzker Military Museum & Library | Chicago

Get a sneak peek of what will be discussed in our upcoming ‘Rare Book’ webinar tomorrow by reading our latest blog post with an overview of the Regulations for the Order and Discipline of the Troops of the United States, 1779 1st edition: https://bit.ly/3tj0aF2

Interested in joining us for our ‘Rare Book’ webinar tomorrow, April 14 at 12 pm CT? Registration is free. Reserve your spot now: https://bit.ly/3d1zsKd

How Baron von Steuben's Regulations for the order and discipline of the troops of the United States, Part I, formalized U.S. Army training and was in use from 1779 to the War of 1812.

#OTD in military history marks the 160th Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Sumter and the start of the American Civil Wa...
04/12/2021

#OTD in military history marks the 160th Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Sumter and the start of the American Civil War.

After Lincoln was elected president, southern states began seceding and seizing federal forts throughout the south. Fort Sumter in South Carolina was one of the last forts in the south still held by a federal garrison when it was cut off from resupply in early 1861.

On April 12, 1861, the Confederate army fired a single 10-inch mortar to signal the opening bombardment from 43 guns and mortars surrounding Fort Sumter. The garrison was outmanned, outgunned, and undersupplied but returned fire and maintained control of the fort for nearly 36 hours before surrendering. This marked the beginning of the Civil War. By the time the war ended on April 9, 1865, 750,000 American soldiers had died, making the Civil War the deadliest conflict in American history.

Learn more about the Civil War from our collection of books and resources here: http://bit.ly/398NQzt

#OTD in military history marks the 160th Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Sumter and the start of the American Civil War.

After Lincoln was elected president, southern states began seceding and seizing federal forts throughout the south. Fort Sumter in South Carolina was one of the last forts in the south still held by a federal garrison when it was cut off from resupply in early 1861.

On April 12, 1861, the Confederate army fired a single 10-inch mortar to signal the opening bombardment from 43 guns and mortars surrounding Fort Sumter. The garrison was outmanned, outgunned, and undersupplied but returned fire and maintained control of the fort for nearly 36 hours before surrendering. This marked the beginning of the Civil War. By the time the war ended on April 9, 1865, 750,000 American soldiers had died, making the Civil War the deadliest conflict in American history.

Learn more about the Civil War from our collection of books and resources here: http://bit.ly/398NQzt

04/12/2021
Drawn to Combat: Bill Mauldin & The Art of War

Watch as our Museum Curator, James Brundage, shares a sneak peek of our upcoming exhibit, Drawn to Combat: Bill Mauldin & The Art of War. Featured is one of Mauldin's popular cartoons from the Vietnam War in 1966, in which he highlights the young age of the soldiers.

This is just one of the 125 drawings from the famous cartoonist that will be on display at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library opening on May 14, 2021.

Visit here for exhibit details: pritzkermilitary.org/billmauldinexhibit

Are you interested in discovering and uncovering your family’s legacy? This National Library Week, we are highlighting o...
04/10/2021
Genealogy Research | Pritzker Military Museum & Library | Chicago

Are you interested in discovering and uncovering your family’s legacy?

This National Library Week, we are highlighting our Museum & Librarys genealogy research services that help you answer questions involving deceased family members who served in the armed forces.

Research is free, but donations to the Museum & Library are accepted. Visit here for more information: https://bit.ly/2OZpX6p

The Pritzker Military Museum & Library offers a limited range of services related to genealogy research, taking great pride in helping individuals discover their family's legacy of service and sacrifice.

Today is National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day, an act signed into law in 1987 by President Ronald Regan to ho...
04/09/2021
POW Panel & Book Release: Taps on the Wall | Pritzker Military Museum & Library | Chicago

Today is National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day, an act signed into law in 1987 by President Ronald Regan to honor and pay tribute to captured wartime service members who eventually made it home.

Learn about the POW experience in our past program featuring a panel of three veterans in different conflicts discussing their experience as POWs and time in captivity. Watch here: https://bit.ly/3tyrzCW

Moderated by John Barr, president of the Poetry Foundation, this distinguished panel featured three American veterans who were prisoners of war in different conflicts. Sponsored by Hillshire Brands.

Mark your calendars for our upcoming ‘Rare Book’ webinar on Wednesday, April 14 at 12 pm CT. Led by our Reference Coordi...
04/09/2021

Mark your calendars for our upcoming ‘Rare Book’ webinar on Wednesday, April 14 at 12 pm CT. Led by our Reference Coordinator, Paul Grasmher, get a closer look at our first edition copy of the Regulations for the Order and Discipline of the Troops of the United States.

The session will highlight aspects of the training manual that are still in use by the U.S. military today. Registration is free. Learn more and reserve your spot now: https://bit.ly/3d1zsKd

Mark your calendars for our upcoming ‘Rare Book’ webinar on Wednesday, April 14 at 12 pm CT. Led by our Reference Coordinator, Paul Grasmher, get a closer look at our first edition copy of the Regulations for the Order and Discipline of the Troops of the United States.

The session will highlight aspects of the training manual that are still in use by the U.S. military today. Registration is free. Learn more and reserve your spot now: https://bit.ly/3d1zsKd

Get your early bird tickets for our virtual two-day ‘On War Military History Symposium’ event on Monday & Tuesday, May 3...
04/08/2021

Get your early bird tickets for our virtual two-day ‘On War Military History Symposium’ event on Monday & Tuesday, May 3-4 from 9 am-12 pm CT.

We are excited to welcome a panel of military historians to discuss the role of the Red Army on Germany’s Eastern Front in WW2. Highlights include chronologically exploring the nine seasonal campaigns comprising the Soviets and Germans at war and the major controversies regarding the war’s conduct.

Get early bird tickets by April 15 to get 10% off with promo code: EarlyBird. Visit here for more information and to purchase your ticket now: http://bit.ly/3reBTOE

Get your early bird tickets for our virtual two-day ‘On War Military History Symposium’ event on Monday & Tuesday, May 3-4 from 9 am-12 pm CT.

We are excited to welcome a panel of military historians to discuss the role of the Red Army on Germany’s Eastern Front in WW2. Highlights include chronologically exploring the nine seasonal campaigns comprising the Soviets and Germans at war and the major controversies regarding the war’s conduct.

Get early bird tickets by April 15 to get 10% off with promo code: EarlyBird. Visit here for more information and to purchase your ticket now: http://bit.ly/3reBTOE

The Pritzker Military Museum & Library is proud to announce its newest exhibition: Drawn to Combat: Bill Mauldin & The A...
04/07/2021

The Pritzker Military Museum & Library is proud to announce its newest exhibition: Drawn to Combat: Bill Mauldin & The Art of War, open to the public on May 14, 2021.

The exhibit will celebrate the artistic career of cartoonist Bill Mauldin, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning artist whose cartoons embodied the spirit of the infantryman during WWII before turning his critical pen to those in the political sphere.

Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the largest collection of Bill Mauldin’s work featuring 125 of his original drawings, another 35 reproduced images, and more than 20 original artifacts, spanning the breadth of his entire career from 1937 – 1994.

Learn more here: pritzkermilitary.org/billmauldinexhibit

The Pritzker Military Museum & Library is proud to announce its newest exhibition: Drawn to Combat: Bill Mauldin & The Art of War, open to the public on May 14, 2021.

The exhibit will celebrate the artistic career of cartoonist Bill Mauldin, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning artist whose cartoons embodied the spirit of the infantryman during WWII before turning his critical pen to those in the political sphere.

Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the largest collection of Bill Mauldin’s work featuring 125 of his original drawings, another 35 reproduced images, and more than 20 original artifacts, spanning the breadth of his entire career from 1937 – 1994.

Learn more here: pritzkermilitary.org/billmauldinexhibit

Teachers, explore a virtual tour with your class of our “Allied Race To Victory” exhibit featuring stories from veterans...
04/05/2021
End of War Programs | Pritzker Military Museum & Library | Chicago

Teachers, explore a virtual tour with your class of our “Allied Race To Victory” exhibit featuring stories from veterans and items in our exhibit related to the island hopping campaigns on the Mariana Islands and Iwo Jima. Watch here: https://bit.ly/3sUlG2L

This 17-minute video features stories from veterans and items in our exhibit related to the island hopping campaigns on the Mariana Islands and Iwo Jima. Watch today to learn more about what the U.S. Forces experienced in these battles, and why the Allies used the strategy of island hopping. Please....

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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).

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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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