Telling our veterans' stories

The Stratford Veterans Museum's mission is to recognize those veterans from Stratford who have served our country honorably in war and in peace and to act as a repository for their stories. The museum is designed to accommodate school children to foster their appreciation of United States history and the sacrifices of those men and woman who made our country possible. The major goal for the museum is to make it a site for school field trips. If you are a veteran, who lives in/or has lived in Stratford, or the family of a Stratford veteran, and would like to share your story of service, or if you have items related to a Stratford veteran you would like to loan or donate, please email us.Here is our Registration Form

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Our Regular Hours are: 

Wednesday: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Sunday: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

Please call for appointment for other times at 203-583-4484.

Take a Self - Guided Tour of the Museum

The Stratford Veterans Museum is dedicated to telling the stories of the town’s men and women who have served their country through the Armed Forces. Part of the way that story will be told is through a series of displays in the museum, including a “core” exhibit that takes visitors from the Revolutionary War through today’s conflicts. These exhibits will give the visitor a history of the era as well as items that are centric to Stratford. This tour will be available to visitors supporting audio and visual materials by downloading Otocast from your app store.

Check Out Our Videos 

Visit our YouTube page  for interviews with our veterans as well as other audiovisual content. VISIT NOW 

Take a Stratford Veterans Museum Drone Video Tour WATCH NOW 

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Thank You to Our Contributors

Hirshbeck Services LLC

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As an ongoing feature this space will include thank yous to, and information on, those organizations that have contributed to the success of the Stratford Veterans Museum. This month we recognize Hirshbeck Services LLC.

Owner of Hirshbeck Services LLC -- Vinny -- donated the labor of his crew to put on the much-needed new roof. Dan Senft and GAF materials donated the materials. Here are some photos of the roofing work -- PHOTOS

Please visit HERE for past honorees. 

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Find us at 5952 Main St., Stratford, next to Putney Chapel.

 

We Need Volunteers

like you!

The Stratford Veterans Museum needs people like you as volunteers to help us in honoring our veterans and highlighting the contributions of Stratford Veterans to our town and country. Please complete this fillable form, save it then send it to us via email or if you prefer, print out the completed form and drop to us at the address above. 

Learn more about the Stratford Veterans Museum by watching this video

NEWS AND HAPPENINGS 

Letters from D-Day

Eisenhower_d-day.jpgJune 6, 2024, marks the 80th anniversary of the Allied invasion of Normandy and the beginning of the liberation of France and the rest of Europe from Germany, and the final defeat of the Nazis. Troops were given a copy of the from General Dwight Eisenhower, the leader of the Allied forces, in which he wrote to all the troops announcing the commencement of the invasion Normandy on D-Day. June 6, 1944. READ LETTER The other letter is from President Franklin D. Roosevelt , a bit earlier than Eisenhower's, to the members of the Allied expeditionary force. READ LETTER This June 6 and beyond please let us remember those members of our military and those of our allies who helped to defeat Nazi Germany.

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Letter from FDR final.jpgBoth these letters were copied from the original hard copies saved by Sergeant Edward Mudre, Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient who served in Europe during WWII. They were shared with the museum by his daughter, Gail Voytek, who serves as the secretary on the museum's board of directors.

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Quilts of Valor

Korean War veteran John Lindberg and Vietnam veteran Joe Koripsky received Quilts of Valor from Jane Dougherty at Mayor’s Veterans Breakfast.

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Stratford Day

Volunteers from the Stratford Veterans Museum staffed a booth at the 2024 Stratford day event on Main Street and shared information about the museum while collecting (via donations and sales of items) $853 to support the facility and also numerous veteran registration forms. PHOTOS

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Student Field Trips to the Museum

The Stratford Veterans Musem has hosted numerous successful field trips from local schools and groups during the past school year. Hear are some of the knowledgeable volunteers who were on hand to guide students from Wilcoxson Elementary Schools through the museum's hands on activities and exhibits.

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2024.6.3 SVM Wilcoxsin Trip Vols 015.JPGVeteran of the Month

Ed Dean

May 2024 

Ed Dean, born May 31, 1932 would have been 91 years old this year. Ed spent his formative years in Bridgeport before the Army drafted him in 1952. His service started with basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Ed was deployed to Okinawa, Japan where he was put in charge of a data processing night shift. Having reached the rank of Corporal, Ed returned to the United States, where he was in the Army Reserves for another six years. LEARN MORE 

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4th Grader Finds Inspriation at Museum

Second Hill Lane 4th grader Finn built a beautifiul diorama of the battle of Lexington and Concord during the American Revolution as part of the school's curriculum on the War of Independence. Finn (who was inspired to build his diorama after seeing some of the dioramas currently on display at the Stratford Veterans Museum) is shown standing (with his mom) next to his creation. Congratulations to Finn on a job well done.Learn MORE about his diorama. To see more of the dioramas at the STFD Museum please visit the OUR COLLECTION of our website.

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A Medal Of Service

Following the First World War, the town of Stratford presented its returning citizens who servied in the Armed Forces with a commerative medal (Front, Back). This sample of the "Stratford medal" was donated to the Stratford Veterans Museum by Frank Kecko. The medal had been presented to his father, Sgt. Frank E. Kecko, who served with Headquarters Company, 26th Infantry Division and was recieved a Silver Star.

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VFW 9460 Donation

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VFW 9460 Auxiliary members Mary Bango, and Gary & Michelle Brennan present a $200 donation to Bob Mastroni for the Stratford Veterans Museum. 

Do You Know These Veterans

The Stratford Veterans Museum staff needs your assistance in identifying the veterans in the photos below (please click on the photo for a larger version) and in finding photos of the veteran's listed below (please click on listing for a larger version). Please share any info you may have with us at  [email protected]

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