Early next year the Pritzker Military Library will be moving to its new 30,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility (104 South Michigan Ave.), which will include a lecture hall and a high-definition television production studio in addition to its museum display space.
Until then, the folks at the Library are hardly on furlough. Last month they awarded Pulitzer Prize-winning Rick Atkinson its $100,000 prize for Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing.
It's hard to imagine a more perfect winner of a prize advancing the public understanding of military history that Rick Atkinson. Atkinson's first book, "The Long Gray Line" was a book of recent history: the story of West Point's Class of 1966. The book was published in 1989, and since then Atkinson has been working on a trilogy about the American role in the liberation of Europe during World War II. He is on the third book - the first one, "An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943," won the Pulitzer Prize in History.
Rick Atkinson graduated from the University of Chicago, was a journalist at the "Washington Post" for 25 years, but now writes about history. It's tough to find an historian who can simultaneously win the admiration of military history buffs and literary critics, but Atkinson does so with style.
Nearly 550 people packed the Palmer House ballroom to hear Atkinson at the Library's benefit a few weeks ago. Founder and President of the Library, Col . James N. Pritzker, has led the charge to create, and now expand, the building. Pritzker recruited NBC nightly news host Brian Williams to emcee the program and its efforts to make the Library interactive and high-tech.
Proceeds from the evening will help support the Library's programs, which are free, open to the public, air on WYCC TV and are available as webcasts and podcasts on pritzkermilitarylibrary.org.
At a time when it seems wars rage on every continent, the Library offers a perspective on the American military, and we're eagerly awaiting the opening of the new space this winte.Copyright © 2015, CT Now