October 31, 2019
Author Ben Runkle visits the Museum & Library to discuss his book which provides a fascinating history of  the U.S. Army’s greatest World War II Commanders in the years between the Great War and World War 2.
October 10, 2019
Major General Brian Winski visits the Museum & Library to discuss the 101st Airborne Division and the role of the U.S. Army.
September 27, 2019
Captain Ben Nicks enlisted in the US Army in 1941, with the understanding that he would serve for one year. Soon after, he was asked to join the Army Air Force. For training, he would travel from Arkansas to Missouri, and to Texas, where he would meet his...
September 13, 2019
PFC Howell Malham served in the US Marine Corps, 22nd Regiment during World War II. He was a combatant in the Battle of Okinawa, in April, 1945. Shortly after the island was "secured", he was hit with a bullet from a Japanese sniper during a "mopping up" mission....
August 22, 2019
Born in Buffalo, New York, Rung was drafted to the United States Navy, in 1943 when he was eighteen years old. He had done his basic training at the Sampson Naval Training Base in Geneva, New York. But once his superiors discovered his auto-mechanics background,...
August 9, 2019
Author Paula Thornhill visits the Museum & Library to discuss her book about institutions, challenges and evolution in the American military since 1789.
July 26, 2019
Landing on Omaha beach, Normandy, on D-Day, June 7, 1944, firing in enemy pillboxes, fighting in the Battle of the Bulge and in the major offensive of Berlin, the teenage Dom Errichiello, of the US Army 1st Infantry Division, 18th Regiment was no stranger...
July 12, 2019
Author Rick Atkinson returns to the PMML to discuss his latest book titled The British Are Coming, which is the first volume of his new trilogy about the American Revolution.
June 28, 2019
Author Stephen Bourque visits the Museum & Library to discuss his book titled Beyond the Beach, which provides an important analysis of the Allied air war against France in 1944.
June 21, 2019
Author Michael Neiberg visits the Museum & Library to detail the events that took place surrounding the Treaty of Versailles.
June 7, 2019
Author Benn Steil visits the Museum & Library to discuss his book which provides a detailed recounting of The Marshall Plan which focuses on the critical years of 1947 to 1949.
May 31, 2019
Founding President and CEO of The National WWII Museum discusses his new book titled "Everything We Have" written in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
May 24, 2019
Author Thomas Conner visits the Museum & Library to discuss the history and practice of the American Battle Monuments Commission.
May 17, 2019
Author Pamela Toler visits the Museum & Library to discuss her book which details the stories of women who fought because they wanted to, because they had to, or because they could.
May 10, 2019
Trent Hone visits the Museum & Library to discuss his book which explains the US Navy's development of doctrine from 1898 to 1945 and reveals how the Navy embraced innovation.
May 3, 2019
General Joseph Lengyel visits the Museum & Library to talk about his service and the role of the National Guard. General Joseph L. Lengyel serves as the 28th Chief of the National Guard Bureau and as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
April 12, 2019
Author Peter Shinkle visits the Museum & Library to reveal Bobby Cutler’s full story for the first time, showing how valued he was by Eisenhower, as a trusted friend and advisor on security and Cold War policy.
April 5, 2019
Author Nimrod Frazer returns to the Museum & Library to discuss his latest book about the story of three U.S. Army Divisions tasked with capturing the Côte de Châtillon during the Meuse-Argonne offensive.
March 29, 2019
Steven Sodergren discusses his new book about the transition to trench warfare during the Civil War and its impact on Union soldiers.
March 22, 2019
Weinberg and Prados discuss the important role of codebreaking and espionage in the Second World War in this session from the 2018 ON WAR Military History Symposium.
March 15, 2019
Medal of Honor recipient Al Lynch will sit down with co-author Richard Ernsberger to discuss their forthcoming book about Lynch's life from a bullied kid to warrior in this session from the 2018 ON WAR Military History Symposium.
March 8, 2019
Allan Millett and Gary Johnson discuss the defeat of Native American tribal confederation in War of 1812 in this session from the 2018 ON WAR Military History Symposium.
March 1, 2019
Author Stephen Moore discusses his book about the highly covert Vietnam War-era Study and Observation Group.
February 22, 2019
Fizer was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1925 where he experienced racial prejudice. When he heard about the Marine Corps accepting blacks’ enlistment during World War II, he took that opportunity, at the age of seventeen. The commanders at Montford...
February 14, 2019
Lieutenant General Richard Natonski, USMC (Retired) and Colonel Marc Warren, USA (Retired) visit the Museum & Library to provide a detailed analysis of the increasingly prevalent phenomenon of hybrid warfare, where law-abiding militaries confront non-state...
February 8, 2019
Author James Holland discusses his book about the biggest air battle of WWII with the Museum & Library.
January 18, 2019
Author Andrew Roberts visits the Museum & Library to discuss his book on the iconic war leader. Sponsored by The International Churchill Society.
January 11, 2019
Nathan Finney and Tyrell Mayfield discuss their book on the intersection of professionalism and ethics in the military. Sponsored by the United States Naval Institute.
December 21, 2018
Author Joel Bius visits the Museum & Library to discuss his book about the relationship between the military and the cigarette. Sponsored by United States Naval Institute.
December 14, 2018
Sir Max Hastings returns to the Museum & Library to discuss his latest book on the Vietnam War
December 7, 2018
Author Ed Lengel discusses his book about the Lost Battalion in WWI.
November 30, 2018
In partnership with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, this program is a part of a larger series of events that explore themes of peace and reflection with timeless works from the classical repertoire.
November 23, 2018
Author Bob Drury visits the Museum & Library to discuss his book about Valley Forge.
November 9, 2018
Best Selling author Neal Bascomb discusses his book about the prison break of the German POW camp Holzminden in WWI. Sponsored by the United States World War One Centennial Commission.
November 1, 2018
J.D. Dickey discusses his Civil War book about General Sherman's March through Georgia.
October 12, 2018
Vice Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral William Moran will be interviewed by John Schwan.
October 5, 2018
Norty Schwartz visits the Museum & Library to discuss his book "Journey: Memoirs of an Air Force Chief of Staff"
September 28, 2018
D. M. Giangreco visits the Museum & Library to discuss his book on Operation Downfall. Sponsored by United States Naval Institute.
September 21, 2018
Kenneth Davis returns to the Museum & Library to talk about his latest book about the Spanish flu pandemic in WWI that resulted in the deaths of tens of millions of people around the world. Sponsored by the United States World War One Centennial Commission.
September 14, 2018
Author Patrick K. O'Donnell returns to the PMML to talk about his book "The Unknowns: The Untold Story of America's Unkown Soldier and WWI'S Most Decorated Heroes Who Brought Him Home."
August 31, 2018
RADM Matthew Zirkle visits the Museum & Library for an interview.
August 24, 2018
Former Army Staff Sergeant Ryan Pitts, the ninth living recipient of the United States' highest award for valor from the Afghan War, shares his unique and inspiring story of service and sacrifice.
August 17, 2018
Author Elizabeth Cobbs visits the Museum & Library to tell the story about how America's first women soldiers helped win World War I. Sponsored by the United States World War One Centennial Commission.
August 10, 2018
Author Thomas Phillips visits the Museum & Library to discuss his second volume on some of America's forgotten Military Leaders. Sponsored by the United States World War One Centennial Commission.
July 27, 2018
Author Dr. Edward Marolda visits the Museum & Library to discuss his book "Combat at Close Quarters: An Illustrated History of the U.S. Navy in the Vietnam War."
July 20, 2018
Author Ann Todd visits the Museum & Library to discuss her book about a WWII spy who practiced psych-ops. Sponsored by the United States Naval Institute.
July 13, 2018
Lieutenant Duchossois is a native of Chicagoland, Illinois, born on October 7th, 1921. He attended Morgan Park Military Academy in Chicago for his high school education. He began his undergraduate degree in Virginia, when he was called to duty in World War...
July 11, 2018
General James Lindsay enlisted in the army in 1952. He joined the 82nd airborne division, the following year and went on to serve nine assignments in the 82nd and commanded the division from 1982-83. He served two tours in vietnam, and was the first...
July 9, 2018
Kenneth “Rock” Merritt was the second parachutist to jump from his plane, at the Normandy invasion, in 1944, as part of the 1st Battalion 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), in the 82nd Airborne Division.  Though his chain of command was killed,...
July 6, 2018
Vietnam veteran, former Army Special Forces medic, and Medal of Honor recipient Gary Beikirch shares his experiences in the military and offers lessons learned from a life of public service
June 29, 2018
Author Thomas Lippman visits the Museum & Library to discuss his book "Hero of the Crossing: How Anwar Sadat and the 1973 War Changed the World."
June 22, 2018
Author James McGrath visits the Pritzker Military Museum & Library to discuss his book "The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and a Friendship Made and Lost in War."
June 15, 2018
Jason Redman, a decorated U.S. Navy SEAL lieutenant who served in Colombia, Peru, Afghanistan, and Iraq, discusses his book "The Trident: The Forging and Reforging of a Navy SEAL Leader."
June 8, 2018
Lieutenant General Stephen M. Twitty (USA) visits the Museum & Library to discuss his career and the 100-year history of the First Army, America's first, oldest, and longest-serving numbered field army.
June 1, 2018
Retired Army Colonel Andrew Bacevich visits the Museum & Library to provide a searing reassessment of U.S. military policy in the Middle East. Sponsored by Colonel (IL) Jennifer N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Retired).
May 25, 2018
Terrence Finnegan returns to the Museum & Library to discuss his book about the 1918 battle at Seicheprey France that introduced American troops to 20th-century warfare. Sponsored by the United Staes World War One Centennial Commission.
May 18, 2018
Pulling from stories shared by his grandfather—an Artillery Scout in France during World War I—as well as military records and diaries from 33rd Infantry officers, author James Bilder paints a captivating picture of the life of a soldier on the front...
May 11, 2018
Author Max Boot returns to the Pritzker Military Museum & Library to talk about his book "The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam"
May 4, 2018
Acclaimed military historian James Carl Nelson tells the inspiring true story of Clifton B. "Lucky" Cates, whose service in World War I and beyond made him a legend in the annals of the United States Marine Corps.
April 27, 2018
In this program, MG Hayes discusses his career and his role as Adjutant General of the Illinois National Guard. This program was hosted by Pritzker Military Museum & Library President & CEO Kenneth Clarke and was preceded by a reception to bid farewell...
April 13, 2018
Lest We Forget with Michael Robbins
April 6, 2018
Featuring more than 360 photographs detailing the American military experience in World War I from recruitment to Armistice, on the ground, in the air, and at sea, Over There is the premier visual history of the United States in the Great War to be published...
March 9, 2018
The first comprehensive and compelling biography of an extraordinary life and mind, Bellinger's Marie von Clausewitz draws on extensive research and newly discovered correspondence to reveal a remarkable woman who substantially influenced one of the greatest...
February 16, 2018
David Hackett Fischer discusses his book "Washington's Crossing"
February 2, 2018
From its beginnings in the 15th New York National Guard through its training in the explosive atmosphere in the South, its singular performance in the French army during World War I, and the pathos of postwar adjustment—Harlem's Rattlers and the Great War...
January 26, 2018
2017 recipient of the Pritzker Military Museum and Library Founder’s Literature Award: Edwin Bearss. Bearss was selected by the Museum and Library’s founder Colonel Jennifer N. Pritzker to receive this award for his immense contribution to furthering...
January 5, 2018
Dr. Peter Mansoor, Colonel, U.S. Army (Retired) visits the Museum & Library to discuss his service in Iraq as the executive officer to General David Petraeus during the period of the surge in the Iraq War.
December 29, 2017
Military historian Donald Stoker discusses his perceptive biography of Carl von Clausewitz, which moves skillfully between Clausewitz's career as a soldier and his work as a theoretician and author.
December 22, 2017
Pearl Harbor Christmas is a day-by-day account of the holiday season in 1941, from December 21st to New Year's Day. Stanley Weintraub is a National Book Award finalist, professor emeritus of arts and humanities at Penn State University, and the author of numerous...
December 8, 2017
Author James Holland returns to the Museum & Library to discuss the second book in his acclaimed War in the West trilogy on World War II.
December 1, 2017
A discussion about the history of the ROTC and JROTC with guests Colonel Andy Morgado, Colonel Daniel L. Baggio (Retired), and Dr. Arthur Coumbe. Presented in partnership with the U.S Army Public Affairs, Midwest.
November 17, 2017
Acclaimed journalist and documentarian Sebastian Junger returns to the Pritzker Military Museum & Library for a special screening of his film, "Korengal."
November 3, 2017
Medal of Honor Recipient Allen J Lynch interviews Specialist Five James C. McCloughan about the actions McCloughan took over the course of 48 hours in close-combat fighting against enemy forces in Vietnam in 1969.
October 27, 2017
Noted scholar and military historian Gerhard Weinberg, a veteran of the U.S. Army and its post-World War II occupation of Japan, discusses with author and University of Toronto History Professor Rebecca Wittmann the liberation of Europe from East to West....
October 20, 2017
Major General Thomas E. Ayres visits the Pritzker Military Museum & Library to discuss the role of the Judge Advocate General's Corps and leadership in the U.S. Army.
September 29, 2017
Medal of Honor recipient Florent Groberg leads a panel discussion with Master Chief Richard Curtis, Jr., Chairman & CEO of Fisher House Foundation Kenneth Fisher and Vice Admiral C. Forrest Faison, III, Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery.
September 8, 2017
Former Vice Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Stanley R. Arthur and Dr. Edward J. Marolda for join us for a discussion highlighting moments in Admiral Arthur's naval career. Sponsored by the U.S Naval Institue.
September 1, 2017
U.S. Army veteran Matthew Davenport's critically-acclaimed debut work details the riveting true story of America's first modern military battle, its first military victory during World War One, and its first steps onto the world stage. Sponsored by the United...
August 4, 2017
Medal of Honor recipient Salvatore Giunta returns to the Museum & Library for a discussion about the Army’s Soldier For Life program. Presented in partnership with the U.S. Army Office of Public Affairs, Midwest.
July 14, 2017
Author, photographer and veteran Michael J. MacLeod shares his experiences as a newly-enlisted, 41-year old paratrooper in Afghanistan. Serving as both embedded reporter and a serving solder, MacLeod witnesses and experiences the endurance, sacrifice, discipline,...
June 30, 2017
Serving for the Canadian Navy during World War II, Courtney became a radar officer, and later used his physics brilliance to advise the U.S. government during the Vietnam War, as part of a group of scientists called the JASONs.
June 2, 2017
VADM Cullom, Deputy Cheif of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics, visits the PMML to speak on Naval Affairs.
May 19, 2017
There is no doubt that Senator Bob Dole will always be known for his service to his country; however, most only consider the work he has done through various levels of Government, not realizing that Senator Dole also served in the U.S. Army during WWII, fighting...
May 19, 2017
Coming from a military family, marrying a WWII veteran, and serving on such committees as the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services, Senator Elizabeth Dole understands many of the issues that surrounds the U.S. military—an understanding that she has put...
May 12, 2017
In Heroines of Mercy Street, Pamela Toler highlights the contributions of the nurses at Mansion House who helped manage a wartime hospital during the Civil War.
May 5, 2017
Join Vice Admiral Richard P. Breckenridge and Pritzker Military Museum & Library CEO and President Kenneth Clarke for a discussion on naval affairs and command. Presented in partnership with the Chicago Navy Memorial Foundation.
April 28, 2017
The Battle of Cantigny. Sponsored by the First Division Museum at Cantigny. Dr. John Allen Williams moderates a discussion between James Carl Nelson, author of The Remains of Company D: A Story of the Great War and Paul Herbert, Executive Director of the First...
April 21, 2017
The 1914 assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, began a pivotal month that saw the formation of political alliances that would change the world and leave it on the brink of the first truly global conflict.
March 31, 2017
A native of Chicago, Captain William San Hamel was a member of the Department of the Army Special Photographic Office (DASPO), serving as an Officer with the Pacific Unit from 1967-1969 where he acted as a producer and director, approving the photographs and...
March 24, 2017
Through three consecutive conflicts (World War II, Korea, and Vietnam), Peter “Rupy” Ruplenas took photographs for the U.S. military so that intelligence would understand what was going on—first as a part of the Signal Corps. and then later as a member...
March 17, 2017
Going from working kitchen duty with the Yankee Division in France to enduring seven days of German captivity while wounded, Dr. Malcolm Ekstrand’s story of service shows the dangers that can befall anyone, at a moment’s notice, during war.
February 24, 2017
An exploration of the history and heritage of America's first black military aviators; with Tuskegee Airman and Chicago native O. Lawton Wilkerson, historian and Tuskegee expert Dr. Daniel Haulman, and WGN TV's Bob Jordan. Sponsored by the Seedlings Foundation.
February 17, 2017
The Chief of Staff of the United States Army is the principle military advisor and a deputy to the Secretary of the Army. The position is held by a four-star general and is typically the highest-ranking officer on active-duty in the U.S. Army, exercising supervision...
February 3, 2017
Like so many others that felt it was a matter of duty to enlist in the military during WWII, Larry Kirby joined the Marine Corps, becoming a Communications/Scout with the 3rd Marine Division as it island hopped its way through such places as Guam to ultimately...
January 27, 2017
Scholars like Beevor and Atkinson have answered the highest calling of the military historian: to not only document and preserve our history, but to impart the profound perspective that the true lessons of the past lie in the evolution of human conflict. And...
January 20, 2017
While most of Eric Blaustein’s lectures focus on his time in the Buchenwald Concentration Camp during WWII, for his oral history with the Pritzker Military Museum & Library, he discusses the years after being liberated and, in 1948, joining the Israeli Army...
January 13, 2017
Author and former Navy Leiutenant Edward R. Murphy Jr. shares his experiences as XO aboard USS Pueblo, the American spy ship famously captured and held by North Korea since 1968. Sponsored by Colonel (IL) J.N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Retired) and Act One Mayne...
January 6, 2017
Major General Clayton Hutmacher visits for a free program to discuss the #MeetYourArmy initiative and to provide updates on current operations of U.S. Army Special Operations Command.
December 22, 2016
Looking for the opportunity to face the Germans head on, James “Maggie” Megellas requested a transfer to the paratroopers during WWII, where he would go on to face heavy fighting across Europe—including while crossing the Waal River and at the Battle...
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