Mayor Richard M. Daley today joined Colonel J.N. Pritzker IL ARNG (retired), Founder and Chairman, Pritzker Military Library, Ed Tracy, President, Pritzker Military Library, Gary Johnson, President, Chicago History Museum along with other guests for the dedication of the new location of the Pritzker Military Library at 104 S. Michigan.
The Pritzker Military Library houses a collection of books, videos, posters, uniforms, and more that tell the story of the Citizen Soldier in American history.
"As the library moves into its new home in this historic building on Michigan Avenue, its mission remains the same: provide a research facility that attempts to increase the public understanding of military history and the sacrifices made by the men and women who have served," said Mayor Daley. "I believe that the new location, in the heart of Chicago's many cultural and educational institutions, and right across the street from Millennium park, will increase the interest and the number of visitors to this important library.
For many patrons, scholars, journalists and researchers, this library is filling a void by telling the story of the many brave men and women who have served in America's military. The new state-of-the-art facility is designed to help frame discussions about our constantly-developing military history through recording and sharing interviews and educational programming.
In addition to an extraordinary collection of books and art work, the library hosts programs that are also broadcast on television and the internet to tell the many stories of our country's military heroes and their supporters to people around the world.
Since opening in 2003, the Library has hosted more than 250 events featuring the country's most acclaimed authors, historians, journalists, and scholars.
"All libraries are an important part of our effort to give Chicago the best educational system of any city in the nation," Mayor Daley said.