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Special Programs & Events

In addition to regular author lectures, panel discussions, movie screenings, and Book Club gatherings, the Museum & Library occasionally holds special events and programs—including member receptions, press conferences, book sales, and more.

Mid-Day Muster: Jessica Hulten, The Price Of Victory

The Mid-Day Muster series aims to create conversations about military topics through brief lectures in a more informal setting. Lectures will feature scholars, authors, educators and representatives f…

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#ColorOurCollections Week

Launched by The New York Academy of Medicine Library in 2016, #ColorOurCollections is a week-long coloring fest on social media, generally occurring on the first full week of February, organized by li…

Mid-Day Muster: Dr. Rob Havers, Reassessing The Japanese POW Experience: The Changi POW Camp, 1942-45

The Mid-Day Muster series aims to create conversations about military topics through brief lectures in a more informal setting. Lectures will feature scholars, authors, educators and representatives f…

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Zero To Hero Book Launch

Join us for the book launch of Al Lynch's memoir "Zero to Hero: From Bullied Kid to Warrior" published by the Pritzker Military Museum & Library.

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WWICC To Honor And Remember

This two-day livestreamed event will showcase some of accomplishments of the state centennial bodies to commemorate the Great War and the United States World War One Centennial Public Meeting.

2018 On War Military History Symposium

The Museum & Library's sixth annual ON WAR symposium features a full day of programs on military history and affairs, and includes appearances by Pritzker Literature Award recipients.

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Oral History Week Transcription Class

Oral History Week Transcription Class

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Oral History Week 2018

Oral History Week will be July 8-14, 2018. We will be releasing 3 new podcasts, host a transcription class, have drop-in times for oral history recording, and more.

Printers Row Literature Fest 2018

Join us at the 2018 Printers Row Literature Fest on June 9 & 10, 2018

2018 Chicago Memorial Day Observation

The Pritzker Military Museum & Library will recognize Memorial Day on Saturday, May 26th with several free admission to the public.

Spring Book Sale 2018

Building on the success of last fall's inaugural event, the Museum & Library will again look to clear hundreds of duplicate books from its inventory in its second annual book sale. Don't miss this uni…

2017 WWII Conference

The Pritzker Military Museum & Library is the sponsor of the International WWII Conference

Lest We Forget Exhibit Opening Reception

Join us for the opening of the Museum & Library's latest exhibition, Lest We Forget: Sailors, Sammies and Doughboys Over There in World War I.

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WWICC Upper Midwest Regional Meeting September 27 2017

A public meeting of the World War One Centennial Commission Upper Midwest Region will be held on Tuesday, September 27, 2017, at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, the founding sponsor of the WWI…

100C/100M Press Annoucement

The World War One Centennial Commission and the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, in partnership with The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, to announce the first 50 awardees to be designated WWI Centennial Memorials as part of the matching grants program 100 Cities/100 Memorials.

Military History Symposium 2017

The Museum & Library's fourth annual ON WAR symposium features a full day of programs on military history and affairs, and includes appearances by Pritzker Literature Award recipients Peter Paret, Gerhard Weinberg, Allan Millett, David Hackett Fischer and Tim O'Brien.

Fall 2017 Book Sale

The Museum & Library will hold a fall book sale to clear hundreds of duplicate books from its inventory. This fall's sale offers an entirely new batch of books available for purchase.

2017 Warrior Games

The Pritzker Military Museum & Library through the Pritzker Military Foundation is a gold level sponsor of the 2017 Warrior Games in Chicago. Traditionally held on a military base, the Department …

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2017 Chicago Memorial Day Observation

The Pritzker Military Museum & Library will recognize Memorial Day on Saturday, May 27th with several free offerings for the public.

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WWI Centennial Commemoration Event

On the centennial of the United States entry into WWI, the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission and the National WWI Museum will host "In Sacrifice for Liberty and Peace: Centennial Commemoration …

National WWII Museum 2016 International Conference

Presented by the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, the 2016 International Conference on World War II, titled 1946: Year Zero—Triumph and Tragedy, embraces and enhances the standard already set by pa…

Fall 2016 Book Sale

The Museum & Library will hold a fall book sale to clear hundreds of duplicate books from its inventory. This fall's sale offers an entirely new batch of books we are offering you.

Hunting Charlie Opening Reception

Special opening reception for the Museum & Library's newest exhibition, Hunting Charlie. Remarks will be provided by Albert Goodman, whose collection of North Vietnamese art will be showcased in the …

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On War Military History Symposium 2016

The Museum & Library's fourth annual ON WAR symposium features a full day of programs on military history and affairs, and includes appearances by Pritzker Literature Award winners and special present…

On War Military History Symposium 2016

The Museum & Library's fourth annual ON WAR symposium features a full day of programs on military history and affairs, and includes appearances by Pritzker Literature Award winners and special present…

WWICC Upper Midwest Regional Meeting September 13, 2016

A public meeting of the World War One Centennial Commission Upper Midwest Region will be held on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, the founding sponsor of the WWIC…

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2016 Memorial Day Observation

The Pritzker Military Museum & Library will recognize Memorial Day on Saturday, May 28th with several free offerings for the public—including free regular admission for everyone, drop-in oral history sessions, and a big-screen Citizen Soldier marathon—and will again participate in the city of Chicago’s annual Memorial Day Parade by sponsoring a float dedicated to the 33rd Infantry Division, otherwise known as the "Illinois Division".

WWICC Upper Midwest Regional Meeting March 2016

A public meeting of the World War One Centennial Commission Upper Midwest Region will be held on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, the founding sponsor of the WWICC.

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Book Sale 2018

Now an annual tradition in its third year, the Museum & Library will hold a Spring Book Sale to clear hundreds of duplicate books from its inventory. Don't miss this unique opportunity to add to your …

Brigadier General Malcolm B. Frost: Meet Your Army

As part of a community initiative to sustain a connection with the American public, Brigadier General Malcolm Frost visits for a free public program on the current state and future plans of the nation…

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Public Reception: Unveiling The FACES OF WAR Exhibit

An eye-opening exploration of the Vietnam War featuring a unique collection of the work of the Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO), 'FACES OF WAR: Documenting the Vietnam War fr…

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WWICC Upper Midwest Region Inaugural Meeting

The inaugural public meeting of the World War One Centennial Commission Upper Midwest Region will be held on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, the founding spons…

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2015 9/11 American Red Cross Blood Drive

In honor of all those who have served in our nation's military since the terror attacks on September 11, 2001, the Museum & Library will host a blood drive by the American Red Cross. Co-sponsored with…

ON WAR Military History Symposium 2015

The Museum & Library's third annual ON WAR symposium features a full day of programs on military history and affairs, and includes appearances by Pritzker Literature Award winners Gerhard Weinberg, Al…

Public Reception: The Official Launch Of "Dignity Of Duty"

In an evening dedicated to the official launch of the Museum & Library's newest book and accompanying exhibit, the public is invited to attend a special reception and an installment of Pritzker Milita…

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Film Screening: "Last Days In Vietnam"

Directed and produced by acclaimed filmmaker Rory Kennedy and premiering on PBS in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, "Last Days in Vietnam" is an Academy Award-nominated doc…

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2015 Memorial Day Observation

The Pritzker Military Museum & Library will recognize Memorial Day on Saturday, May 23 with several free offerings for the public—including free regular admission for everyone, drop-in oral history se…

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Symposium - Urban Warfare: Operational, Ethical, And Legal Challenges

Presented in partnership with the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest, the Museum & Library will host a trio of panel discussions featuring expert commentary on the operational, ethical, and le…

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Book Sale 2019

Building on the success of last year's event, the Museum & Library will again look to clear hundreds of duplicate books from its inventory in its annual book sale. Don't miss this unique opportunity t…

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USS Illinois Commissioning Committee Presentation

U.S. Navy Commander Jesse Porter, commanding officer of the soon to be commissioned USS Illinois (SSN-786), discusses the newest Virginia Class Submarine, sharing details about its construction, capab…

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National WWII Museum 2015 International Conference

Presented by Tawani Foundation and the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, the National WWII Museum's 2015 International Conference, 1945: To the Bitter End, explores the dramatic final throes of Worl…

United States World War One Centennial Commission Partnership

The Museum & Library will host a private reception and press event by the United States World War One Centennial Commission, recognizing the PMML as a founding sponsor and partner in commemorating the…

On War Military History Symposium 2014

Recipients of the Pritzker Literature Award will gather for the Museum & Library's second annual On War Military History Symposium, featuring a day's worth of programs. Guests include: Gerhard Weinber…

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Special Screening Of "4-4-43"

Film-maker John Lukacs discusses and shares his original film about the true story of a daring WWII escape from an Imperial Japanese prison by a group of American POWs.

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National Guard Association Conference & Exhibition

As a proud sponsor of NGAUS 2014, the Pritzker Military Museum & Library will participate in the conference as an exhibitor and will offer special, extended hours to the public throughout the weekend.

American Red Cross Blood Drive

A blood drive by the American Red Cross, honoring the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks on the United States and the heroic first responders who provided disaster relief, rescue efforts, an…

Special Event: "Bravo! Common Men, Uncommon Valor"

Union League American Legion Post 758 cordially invites you to attend a complimentary screening of this documentary about the legendary 77-day Battle of Khe Sanh in 1968, during the Vietnam War. Spons…

2014 Memorial Day Observation

The Pritzker Military Museum & Library will observe Memorial Day on Saturday, May 24 with several free offerings for the public, including a military genealogy talk, drop-in oral history sessions, a m…

Finishing The Story: Military Genealogy Lecture

Learn key skills needed to research and write the story of the military service members in your family.

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SEAL Member Preview Reception

A members-only preview reception to celebrate the opening of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library's exhibit "SEAL The Unspoken Sacrifice."

Book Sale 2014

Don't miss this opportunity to add to your personal collection of books on military history as we clear nearly 1,000 duplicate books from our inventory! Featuring a wide selection of fiction and non-f…

Metz Collection Unveiling

The Museum & Library is proud to unveil the Dr. Charles E. Metz Collection on WWII Military Aviation.

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