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Pritzker Military Museum & Library Founder's Award

The Founder's Award is presented at the annual Liberty Gala by Museum & Library Founder & Chair Jennifer N. Pritzker and recognizes an individual or organization for an extraordinary contribution to the mission of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library and the preservation of the heritage of the Citizen Soldier.

Gordon H. "Nick" Mueller PhD : 2018 Founder's Award

Mueller was selected by the Museum and Library’s founder Colonel Jennifer N. Pritzker to receive this award for his immense contribution to furthering the public’s understanding of military history and affairs. In addition to a lifetime of work devoted to military history, Mueller’s exceptional contributions to the preservation and interpretation of WWII history have resulted in him receving numerous awards, including the French government’s Legion of Honor. 

Ginny Narsete: 2018 Founder's Award

MSgt Narsete (Ret.) was selected by the Museum and Library’s founder Colonel Jennifer N. Pritzker to receive this award for her immense contribution to furthering the public’s understanding of military history and affairs. In addition to being one of 2018's Founer's Award recipients, Narsete has received a number of awards including the Lisa P. Jackson Distinguished Public Service Award as an EPA Administrator, the Federal Employee of the Year as recognized by the Federal Executive Board, the Air Force Reserve Photojournalist of the Year for five consecutive years, and several acclaimed projects in photography and multimedia. 

Edwin Bearss: 2017 Founder's Award

Bearss was selected by the Museum and Library’s founder Colonel Jennifer N. Pritzker to receive this award for his immense contribution to furthering the public’s understanding of military history and affairs. Bearss has received a number of awards in the fields of history and preservation; including the Harry S. Truman Award for Meritorious Service in the field of Civil War History and the Department of the Interior Distiguished Service Award, among many others.

Sir Alistair Horne: 2016 Founder's Literature.

Horne was selected by the Museum and Library’s founder Colonel Jennifer N. Pritzker to receive this award for his immense contribution to furthering the public’s understanding of military history and affairs.  In addition to a lifetime of work devoted to military history, Horne served in the Royal Air Force as from 1943-44, as an officer in the Coldstream Guard from 1944¬-47. He received the honor of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in 1992.

Sir Michael Howard: 2015 Founder's Literature Award

Renowned British Historian Sir Michael Howard was awarded one of two inaugural Founder's Literature Awards at the Museum & Library's 2015 Liberty Gala, presented for an immense contribution to furthering the public’s understanding of military history and affairs.

Edward M. Coffman: 2015 Founder's Literature Award

Military historian, author, and educator Edward M. Coffman was awarded one of two inaugural Founder's Literature Awards at the Museum & Library's 2015 Liberty Gala, presented for an immense contribution to furthering the public’s understanding of military history and affairs.

Medal of Honor Recipient Hershel "Woody" Williams: 2014 Founder's Award

Woody Williams—a hero of the iconic Battle of Iwo Jima and an inspiration to countless Americans—was recognized with the 2014 Founder's Award for extraordinary contributions to the mission of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library and the preservation of the heritage of the Citizen Soldier, including donating his original presentation medal and official citation.

Albert B. Ratner and the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation: 2012 Founder's Award

Albert B. Ratner received the Pritzker Military Museum & Library's Founder's Award in 2012 for extraordinary support of the mission of the Museum & Library. Retired Army Major General Thomas L. Wilkerson accepted a second award on behalf of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, where he served as President and CEO.

Peder Dahlberg: 2011 Founder's Award

Peder Dahlberg's dedication to the Pritzker Military Museum & Library ranges from support of the annual Liberty Gala to involvement in the actual construction of the facility.

Dave Truitt and Karen Pritzker: 2010 Founder's Award

Captain Dave Truitt and Karen Pritzker received the 2010 Founder's Award for their dedication to the mission of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library.

Union League Club of Chicago: 2009 Founder's Award

The Union League Club of Chicago received the 2009 Founder's Award for their long-time support and partnership with the Pritzker Military Museum & Library.

McCormick Foundation: 2008 Founder's Award

Chicago's McCormick Foundation was an early supporter of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library and sponsored the public and televised programming for several years.

John Callaway: 2007 Founder's Award

The late Chicago television host John Callaway was instrumental in the early programming of the Museum & Library, hosting the popular series Front & Center.

Left to Right: Peithman, Pritzker & Ratner

Robert Pritzker, Audrey Ratner and Lt. Col. Robert C. Peithman, USMCR (Retired): 2005 Founder's Award

Innaugural Founder's Award medallions were presented to Robert Pritzker and Audrey Ratner—parents of Museum & Library founder Jennifer N. Pritzker—and retired Marine Corps colonel Robert C. Peithman for their outstanding support of the organization.