The Pritzker Archives & Memorial Park Center, currently under construction in Somers, Wisconsin, was created out of necessity for more space to house the archival collections of the Pritzker Military Museum & Library (PMML) located in Chicago, Illinois. The project has since bloomed into an extension of the Museum & Library’s mission, and will offer experiences that share the stories of citizen soldiers and provide a space where both the armed forces and civilians can come together to understand the past, present, and future of our armed forces.
The first part of the project to be completed by the end of 2022 is the construction of the Helmut Jahn designed, Pritzker Military Archives Center (PMAC). This building will house the PMML’s archives and library holdings, feature a workspace for the Pritzker Military Museum & Library staff to continue its curation, restoration, and preservation as well as include a 9,500 square foot Gallery Center for the community to enjoy and learn more about history. The facility is expected to open in late 2023.
The Cold War Veterans Memorial (CWVM) will be a place to reflect on the challenges and progress achieved during this era and further understanding of the freedom that our country enjoys today. An international design competition was launched in April 2021 and culminated with Oyler Wu Collaborative’s ‘Orbits’ being named as the final selected design. Publicly accessible, the memorial will serve as a lasting tribute to the courage and tenacity found in the U.S. Armed Forces and civilian personnel who faithfully and honorably served during the Cold War (1945-1991).
Mission94 Firearms Education Center (M94) is tentatively scheduled to break ground in spring of 2023. This facility will serve to educate the public about firearms and firearms safety, while affording students and patrons the opportunity to explore several variations of firearms through coordinated historical packages encompassing several eras of conflict and select countries & alliances. This safe, family friendly environment will be a state-of-the-art facility full of professional staff dedicated to helping its patrons learn about firearm education and safety. The training bays will be constructed underground and are fully enclosed. M94 will be available to students and patrons from beginners to advanced, law enforcement professionals, and military servicemembers.
Community Green Space will surround the projects with 7,440 linear feet of walking and biking paths that flow around each expertly landscaped building and include beautifully designed picnic areas. Making a positive impact on environment and community has been a leading principle as the project advances. The community space will adhere to best practices in conservation, preserving as much green space as possible by using less than 7% of the entire site for the buildings – leaving more space for the Somers community to enjoy!