Pritzker Archives & Memorial Park Center: UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Pritzker Archives & Memorial Park Center

The Cold War Veterans Memorial Commission is pleased to invite entries to the design competition for a new Cold War Veterans Memorial. This Memorial will be a critical piece of the Pritzker Archives and Memorial Park Center currently under development in Somers, Wisconsin. Design submissions will be accepted until June 15, 2021. Details here: 


The Pritzker Archives & Memorial Park Center (PAMPC) project will be completed in phases over an estimated ten years. Construction on the first phase of the project began in October 2020, which includes the Pritzker Military Archives Center along with the surrounding community green space. Construction will follow on the Cold War Veterans Memorial and Midwest Firearms Education & Training Center, while building Commercial Archives storage is planned based on demand.

The Pritzker Military Archives Center will feature a Gallery Space that is approximately 9,400 square feet for public viewing of select artifacts and rotating exhibit materials from the Pritzker Military Museum & Library in Chicago, offering visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in history.

The expertly landscaped green space will surround the Pritzker Military Archives Center and Cold War Veterans Memorial and includes 7,440 linear feet of walking paths, biking paths and picnic areas – all publicly accessible during business hours.

The Cold War Veterans Memorial will be a lasting tribute to the courage and tenacity found in the U.S. Armed Forces and civilian personnel who faithfully and honorably served during 1945-1991. The Memorial will be a publicly accessible display where citizens can honor, reflect and learn about the bravery and sacrifice displayed to further the freedom that our country enjoys.

At the Midwest Firearms Education & Training Center, licensed and certified in-house instructors will provide classroom and interactive training to beginners as well as more advanced students on subjects like concealed carry, home defense, firearm safety, distance shooting, and modern sporting rifle. Students & patrons (from beginners to more advanced) will be able to participate in coordinated, historical packages to gain familiarity of particular firearms from certain eras of conflict and select countries, while under supervision of instructors. This will allow researchers, historians, and the public the opportunity to operate historical replicas and modern firearms to better understand the experiences of the Citizen Soldier.

It is the highest priority of the PAMPC to create a development of lasting value to share with our neighbors.

This is being built on 12th Street (Highway E) in Somers, in Kenosha County.

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