Family Programs

The Pritzker Military Museum & Library welcomes families to come together to create lasting memories that inspire young learners through fun, dynamic, and diverse programming. We believe in using creative approaches to make learning about military history accessible to guests of all ages.

Upcoming Family Programs

Join us in person for these free family-friendly programs!

We may be able to assist with transportation costs for groups of 10 or more. Please contact programs@pritzkermilitary.org for more information. 

  • Recording Life Behind the Wire: The Red Cross, YMCA and POW Journals

    FREE FAMILY PROGRAM. Join us to discover how journaling helped wartime prisoners. Then, learn how to make a journal of your own!

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  • Rocket Fuel: Astronaut Food from the Space Race to Now

    FREE FAMILY PROGRAM. Together we will learn about the evolution of astronaut food, sample some space snacks, and build and launch paper rockets.

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PMML Family Reading Corner

Book Spotlight 

LGBTQ+ Pride Month/Juneteenth

Each month, we select a few exceptional books that highlight a specific aspect of military history. This June, celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month and Juneteenth (June 19th) with these excellent stories:

The Fighting Infantryman

The Fighting Infantryman

In 1861, the winds of war blew through the United States. Jennie Hodgers, a young immigrant from Ireland, moved west to Illinois and soon had a new name and a new identity--Albert D. J. Cashier. Like many other young men, Albert joined the Union Army. Though the smallest soldier in his company, Albert served for nearly three years and fought in forty battles and skirmishes. When the war ended, Albert continued to live his life as a man. His identity fit him as snug as his suspenders.

Decades later, a reporter caught wind of the news that an old man in the Soldiers' and Sailors' Home was actually a woman. The news swept through the country. What would happen to Albert and his military pension? Would he be allowed to continue to live as he wished? How would his friends, fellow soldiers, and others in the community react?

Author – Rob Sanders

Illustrator – Nabi Ali

Recommended Reading Age: 6-9 years

Juneteenth for Mazie

Juneteenth for Mazie

Mazie is ready to celebrate liberty. She is ready to celebrate freedom. She is ready to celebrate a great day in American history. The day her ancestors were no longer slaves. Mazie remembers the struggles and the triumph, as she gets ready to celebrate Juneteenth.

Author & Illustrator – Floyd Cooper

Recommended Reading Age: 6-9 years

Librarian's note: Freedom is a hard thing to explain to young children. Juneteenth for Mazie can help parents open that discussion. To learn more about the origins of today’s Juneteenth celebrations, watch this episode of This Week in Military History.

Reading List

If you’re looking for more ways to discover military history with your family, books are a great place to start! The Pritzker Military Museum & Library carries a wide selection of books for young readers. Here are some of our favorites:

Picture Books 

The Airplane Alphabet Book

The Fearless Flights of Hazel Ying Lee

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear

Sometimes We Were Brave

The Wishing Tree

Juneteenth for Mazie

H Is for Honor: A Military Family Alphabet

 

Middle Grade/YA Books 

Stubby the War Dog: The True Story of World War I’s Bravest Dog

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights

Dear Blue Sky

They Called Us Enemy