Most Americans have some connection to the US military—a grandparent, uncle, or even themself. But, unless they’ve experienced it or purposefully sought out opportunities to study military history on their own, they might not know much about what their relatives or friends underwent in their service.
Thanks to the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, anybody can learn more about conflicts like the First and Second World Wars. In fact, part of the Museum’s mission is to develop an accessible collection, making the information available to those who might seek it out, not just professional historians. With a focus on the citizen soldier, they aim to “increase the public understanding of military history and the sacrifices made by the men and women who have served.”
For visitors, this mission manifests through events, exhibits, and research resources. The museum showcases current exhibitions while archiving material from past exhibits online for further use. Meanwhile, the Library offers materials like genealogy resources, to help visitors uncover their personal family legacy, and a summer reading program to help budding military history buffs of all ages grow their pile of completed books.
From family connections to simple curiosity, the Pritzker Military Museum & Library makes one thing clear: anyone with an interest can have the chance to learn more about the United States military.