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The Most Extensive Collection: The Stars and Stripes Museum and Library

The Stars and Stripes Museum and Library, located in Bloomfield, Missouri has a most interesting job of preserving and interpreting documents related to the creation and history of The Stars and Stripes, a military newspaper started in that town in 1861 by Union troops. While started initially for the occupying Union troops, The Stars and Stripes continued to be published, even after the conclusion of the war. The paper quickly grew and became one of the only papers written by soldiers for soldiers, and issued to the troops during times of war and peace. The collection housed by the Stars and Stripes Museum and Library is the most extensive collection held, including one of the original papers published during Bloomfield’s occupation in 1861.

Primarily focusing on those who have created the paper over the years, the museum boasts over 7,000 square-feet of displays dedicated to American wars, such as: the Civil War, World Wars I & II, the Korean War, The Vietnam War, the Gulf War, and many other conflicts. The Stars and Stripes Museum and Library is the most extensive collection in the region.1

1 Mayo, James R. “The First Stars and Stripes.” First Issue History. Accessed July 11, 2017.

About the Author
Whitney E. Tucker is the Member Services Coordinator for Missouri's Civil War Heritage Foundation. She completed her masters in Historic Preservation at Southeast Missouri State University. Contact her at

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