Past Events

  • Propaganda Posters for the Modern Day: An Exhibition of Original Artwork by the Students at Columbia College

    Join us at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library on Thursday, March 23rd at 5:00 PM for a hour-long reception celebrating the opening of a temporary, juried art exhibition of propaganda posters designed by students at Columbia College’s Illustration Department. The exhibit features original artwork that address a variety of topics while capturing the attention-grabbing, emotion-stirring spirit that defines great military propaganda posters. Explore the exhibit and meet the artists and following the reception, at 6:00 PM, join us for a special moderated panel discussion with the creators of the top three submissions.

  • Persuasion on the Page: The Art of Propaganda Poetry

    Join us at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library on Saturday, March 18th from 1:00-3:00 pm for a poetry workshop, where three talented poets from the Chicago-based organization Poems While You Wait will demonstrate how to channel the persuasive power of WWI propaganda poetry into poems about any topic. Explore what made the propaganda poems of WWI so impactful, experience a performance of improvisational poetry, and craft a poem alongside professional poets Kathleen Rooney, Andrea Rehani, and Alex Berge.

  • PMML Book Club: MASH

    Before the beloved movie and television series that became a household viewing staple, the story of the 4077th was told in Richard Hooker’s hilarious and moving novel, M*A*S*H: A Novel About Three Army Doctors. The first in a series of 15 books by multiple authors, MASH follows a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital during the Korean War where, in the words of the author, "a few flipped their lids, but most of them just raised hell, in a variety of ways and degrees." Join the PMML Book Club as we discuss the story of MASH - part dramatic Korean War history, part farce - which has become an ingrained part of American culture and entertainment.

  • Play Attention at the Kohl Children’s Museum

    Are you a military or veteran family? Join the PMML Public Programs Team at our activity table at the Kohl Children’s Museum in Glenview, IL on Sunday, February 5th from 2-5pm for a FREE Sunday afternoon play session provided exclusively for military and veteran families to bond together.

  • Bravo Company: An Afghanistan Deployment and Its Aftermath

    Join the Pritzker Military Museum & Library and Chicago native, author Ben Kesling, on Thursday, November 10th at 6:00 pm CDT for a conversation and discussion in observance and recognition of Veterans Day, of his new book, Bravo Company: An Afghanistan Deployment and Its Aftermath.

  • PMML Book Club: Von Ryan's Express

    Join us for a discussion of the POW escape thriller, Von Ryan's Express, by David Westheimer.

  • POWs in The Great War

    FREE STUDENT WEBINAR. Learn about one of the most globally shared experiences of WWI, being a prisoner of war with Lora Vogt, Curator of Education and Interpretation of the National WWI Museum and Memorial.

  • PMML Book Club: Fail-Safe

    Join us for a discussion of the Cold War fiction classic, Fail-Safe, by Eugene Burdick and Harvey Wheeler.

  • Guests of the Third Reich

    FREE STUDENT WEBINAR. Kimberly Guise, Senior Curator and Director for Curatorial Affairs, at The National WWII Museum, will explore aspects of the American POW experience in Europe and how many “Guests of the Third Reich” coped with captivity.

  • Operation Underworld with Matthew Black

    Join the International SPY Museum and the Pritzker Military Museum & Library on Wednesday, January 25th at 5:30pm CT as we’re joined by author, journalist and crime historian, Matthew Black, for a conversation about his new book Operation Underworld: How the Mafia and US Government Teamed Up to Win World War II

  • The Double Life of Katharine Clark with Katharine Gregorio

    Katharine Clark was the first female military accredited correspondent during World War II. Staying on as a foreign correspondent behind the Iron Curtain after the War, she risked her life to expose the truth about the realities of Communism to the world. The International Spy Museum and The Pritzker Military Museum & Library welcome author Katharine Gregorio to discuss this intense and too little-known Cold War story, The Double Life of Katharine Clark

  • Russia’s war on Ukraine - A Year Later

    Join the Pritzker Military Museum and Library as we discuss Russia’s war on Ukraine - A Year Later - with Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, Ph.D. Dr. Vindman has been a student of Russia and Ukraine for many years. Since the war broke out on February 24, 2022, he has spent the better part of last year writing about and assessing the war in Ukraine. Join us as Dr. Dick Farkas, Professor of Political Science at DePaul University, sits down for a fireside chat with Dr. Vindman about his insights and analysis of the war from the tactical, operational, and strategic levels of war through the Russian Ukrainian, and U.S. lens. The discussion will also touch on the global impacts and ramifications as they intersect with NATO, China, and the U.S.

  • PMML Book Club: The Manchurian Candidate

    Join us for a discussion of the spy thriller, The Manchurian Candidate, by Richard Condon and Louis Menand.

  • Double Victory: WWII and Civil Rights

    FREE STUDENT WEBINAR. World War II showed many African Americans that they were fighting for freedoms they did not have themselves at home, lighting a fire that would ignite into the modern Civil Rights Movement.