Curious children love discovering secret codes and exploring new ways to communicate. But what does it mean when a secret code tapped on a wall or door is your only way to send a message to another person? With a new immersive family program at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library in Chicago, children and their families can learn first-hand the value of wartime communication. The program of June 11, 2022 Tap on the wall: learning to communicate explores the larger subject of communication, says Liz Eberlein, associate director of programs at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library.
“We are very excited to have our very first family program, and this program is linked to our new exhibition on prisoners of war (Life Behind the Wire: Prisoners of War) which opens on May 12,” says Eberlein. Major General John L. Borling, a Chicago native and retired member of the United States Air Force, will share his stories of communication as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. Kids can practice writing and sending their own messages using the POW tap code.
“The goal of the family program is for participants to learn the importance of communication and the importance of listening,” says Eberlein. “Families can find out if it is more difficult to send or receive messages and why prisoners of war depended on their messages to be received accurately. Our hope is that children will have fun practicing what they have learned.
Children ages 7-11 are just the right age to take advantage of this free program, although families with children of all ages are encouraged to attend and have fun learning at the level that suits them best.
Immersive experiences at the Pritzker Military Museum
Family programming is new this year at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library and designed to help children and their families begin to explore the most complex topics related to military history, says Eberlein.
“We provide an immersive learning experience to spark the imagination and provide a unique environment for the whole family to spend quality time,” she says. “There is so much to learn and those interested in history, art, science and engineering will especially enjoy our programming. We are truly excited to spark interest through dynamic and engaging family programs. »
Schedules for July and August are already in the works, and families can visit the Pritzker Military Museum & Library website to follow the progress of these events. Eberlein shares a preview of upcoming programs, hinting that they could focus on observation and record keeping through logging and space exploration, astronauts and rockets!
“I can tell you that our July program will highlight an artifact from our exhibition, which is a beautiful diary written by a British POW and it’s a wonderful introduction to journaling for children,” Eberlein said.
Located on South Michigan Avenue, just steps from the Art Institute of Chicago, the Pritzker Military Museum & Library offers wonderful family learning experiences that can serve as springboards for family conversations about the history and role of the military. American military in our democracy and in world affairs.
“I really think museums are ideal places for children to learn. Museums can help children make sense of the world, where they begin to expand their thinking in new and complex ways,” says Eberlein. Any child who is curious about the world and how things work or who has shown an interest in history and how historical events relate to today are great candidates for family programs and exhibits. from the Pritzker Military Museum & Library.
“They don’t even have to know anything about military history or be an expert, but visiting our museum and attending our programs can motivate and encourage kids to ask questions and spark interest. for history and its complexities,” she says.
Learn more about the Pritzker Military Museum and Library and register for the free family program on June 11, 2022, Tap on the wall: learning to communicate to pritzkermilitary.org.