The Pritzker Military Library: a not-so-well-known treasure

Today’s Chpritzker mil. library photoicago Tribune ran a feature article in the A&E section on the wonderful collection of books and other historical materials held in the Pritzker Military Library. Rivaling the best libraries at U. S. military bases around the globe, the Pritzker also mounts special exhibitions, offers docent-led tours, and has a speaker series popular with the general public. Two current exhibits are “She’s a WOW: Women’s Service Organizations in World War II,” and a collection of propaganda posters from World War I, featuring such iconic images as Uncle Sam, the Doughboy, the Spirit of Columbia and Chandler Christy’s famous “Christy Girl” in a sailor’s suit, declaring “Gee, I Wish I Were a Man. I’d Join the Navy.” The library is located in Chicago at 104 S. Michigan Ave. For more information visit their website.

In the photo above, four Chicago boys reenact Joe Rosenthal’s iconic image of the flag raising at Iwo Jima. Photo gift of John Zukowsky, on display at the Pritzker Military Library in Chicago.

Barbara L.

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