The Pritzker Military Archives Center (PMAC) was built in Somers, Wisconsin out of a need for additional archival space to store the collections of Pritzker Military Museum & Library (PMML), which will continue to operate in downtown Chicago. Its collection has grown to about 100,000 books, artifacts, and other items due to the overwhelming support of donors and families eager to protect their family’s legacy and stories. The PMAC in Wisconsin will help house some of those materials and support another 20 to 25 years of growth for the organization and its collection. Along with the archival space, workspace for the Pritzker Military Museum & Library staff will be included for continued curation of the military collection for future exhibits. It will also feature a 9,500 square foot Gallery Center for public viewing.
The Cold War Veterans Memorial is another project to extend the mission of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, located in Chicago, by sharing the stories of those who served, from 1945-1991, and will provide a space where both the armed forces and civilians can together understand the past, present and future of the citizen soldier.
The PMML will remain in Chicago.
The mission of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library is to increase the public’s understanding of military history, military affairs and national security by providing a forum for the study and exploration of our military – past, present, and future – with a specific focus on their stories, sacrifices, and values. These citizen-soldiers continue to apply the lessons of service to better civilian life, preserve democracy and safeguard our nation. We believe that military history is human history and defines our collective experience.
A non-governmental, non-partisan organization, the Museum & Library features diverse collections, scholarly initiatives, and public programs from its flagship center in downtown Chicago to its world-class research center and park currently under construction in Somers, Wisconsin. With national and global reach, these spaces and events aim to share the stories of those who served, helping citizens everywhere to appreciate the relationship between the armed forces and the civilians whose freedoms they protect.