Community meeting set this week on updated Pritzker museum plans
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Community meeting set this week on updated Pritzker museum plans

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SOMERS — An update on the Pritzker Military Museum and Library project proposal, which no longer includes an outdoor clay pigeon shooting range, will be presented at a community meeting Thursday.

Tawani Enterprises is hosting the meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Maplecrest Country Club, 9401 18th St., in an effort to keep the community abreast of its plans, which have been updated to reflect public feedback at a recent public hearing.

The majority of residents who spoke at the public hearing voiced support for the proposed museum, library, archival space, Cold War memorial and outdoor green space portions of the plan. Some also voiced support for the indoor firearm education and training center.

Tawani withdrew plans for the outdoor shooting range after public opposition emerged at the hearing.

“We heard the community’s concerns and are looking forward to meeting on the 24th to provide project updates, clarify the project facts, share an overview of the project including visuals, and discuss community benefits,” Mary Parthe, chief of staff at Tawani Enterprises, said. “We want to provide time for the community to have their questions answered by our team in an open, productive format.”

The meeting will be informal. It will start with an informational presentation followed by a question-and-answer session and an open discussion.

The Pritzker Military Museum & Library in Chicago, opened in 2003, was founded by retired Col. Jennifer N. Pritzker, who has assembled a major collection of books and other materials on military history.

The mission of the museum and library is to acquire and maintain an accessible collection of materials and develop programs focusing on the citizen soldier in the preservation of democracy.

Up-to-date information on the progress of the project, images and videos will be available at pritzkermilitaryarchives.com beginning Oct. 24.

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