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.
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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.
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
Thank You to Our Contributors
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. Our first thank you goes to CT Humanities (CTH).
Founded in 1974, Connecticut Humanities (CTH) is an independent, non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. CTH connects people to the humanities through grants, partnerships, and collaborative programs. CTH projects, administration, and program development are supported by state and federal matching funds, community foundations, and gifts from private sources.
CT Humanities has provided support for the Stratford Veterans Museum since December of 2021 when it provided a $5,200 grant for operating support. This was followed in June of 2022 with a $1,000 Summer at the Museum grant in December of that same year with a second $5,200 operating support grant. Most recently the organization presented the museum with a "Museum Makerover" grant for $4,000 for expenses and a consultant to assist with the process.
Support has been provided to the Stratford Veterans Museum from CT Humanities (CTH), with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) from the Connecticut State Legislature.
OUT THANKS AGAIN TO CT HUMANITIES FOR ITS ONGOING SUPPORT.
Now Welcoming School Trips
At the Stratford Veterans Museum, students will learn about their town’s history and the stories of Stratford veterans through a guided tour and interactive activities. LEARN MORE
Find us at 5952 Main St., Stratford, next to Putney Chapel.
We Need Volunteers
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
5th Graders Tour Museum
In the first official field trip to the Stratford Veterans Museum5th graders, their teacher and chaperones had the opportunity to tour the museum's three floors of displays, including trying out the flight simulator, the virtual reality Occulus experience and the full size WWI trench section. Take a look here at some visit photos.
Museum on BHS Podcast
Recently Stratford Veterans Musem founding member and treasurer Bill O'Brien had the oportunity to talk about the museum on the Bunnell High School "Bulldog Underground" podcast. Bill's interview starts at teh 16:34 mark. LISTEN TO PODCAST
We Made the "Best Things to Do" List!
The Stratford Veterans Museum was included on the "15 Best Things to Do in Stratford, CT" list compiled by Travel Lens. READ THE LIST
Veteran of the Month
COLONEL (RET.) U.S. MARINE CORPS
In 1978, having just fnished her BS degree in Recreation and leisure at Southern Connecticut State College, Adele E. Hodges was looking for a job. She decided to see what the Armed Forces had to offer and coincidentally her sister also encountered the Marine recruiter. The recruiter talked her sister, Rosena, into joining the Corps and Adele enlisted as well to “protect” her sister from the mean Marines. Since joining the Marine Corps Hodges continually advanced through the grades in the service and retired as a colonel in 2011.