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.
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
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. This month we recognize Patrick Leonard of Stratford .
The Stratford Veterans Museum has a wonderful patio behind its facility that serves as a meeting place for school groups, an area to hold special outside events at, and as a companion piece to the building's mural, thanks to the efforts of Patrick Leonard with some heop from his son Jordan and several other volunteers.
Patrick designed the patio and gathered donations of materials by always saying “it’s for the veterans!” In addition to all the time he gave to this project, Patrick also donated four trees.
He and his wife Cai, have four children. He grew up in Stratford and is still a resident. Patrick works for Stratford Public Works and has his own business that keeps him busy seven days a week.
Jordan is a sophomore in high school and works just as hard as his father.
OUR THANKS AGAIN TO PATRICK AND JORDAN LEONARD.
Please visit HERE for past honorees.
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
Veteran ofthe Month
William O'Brien Jr.
Bill O'Brien Jr. graduated from Fairfield Prep in 1964 and enlisted in the Marines the folllowing year entering boot camp at Parris Island, S.C. two days after Christmas. After 9 months of training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, he was ordered to Chu Lai, Vietnam for a 13-month tour.
More Information On Our Veterans
When you visit the Veterans' Stories page you will see next to some names VIDEO INTERVIEW (a filmed talk with the veteran) and STORY (a print piece with additional information on that veteran's experiences). Need to register as a veteran, or know a veteran you'd like to register? Please complete this form and return it tothe museum.
2023 Stratford Veterans Banners
In honor of the men and women of Stratford who served in our nation's Armed Forces, the Stratford Veteran's Museum has placed banners around the town in tribute to their service. 2023 BANNERS and BANNER LOCATIONS
Veterans Day School Visits
Representatives from the Stratford Veterans Museum (including Board Member George Grom Shown to the right) visited Stratford schools around Veterans Day to share their experiences with students. Among the schools visted were Bunnell High School (see below), Stratford Academy and Franklin School. PHOTOS
First Annual Stratford Veterans Parade and Veterans Day Services
Members of the Stratford Veterans Museum were among the many paticipants in the first annual Stratford Veterans Parade and the Veterans Day services at Academy Hill. Here are some photos from the events including the Color Guard's night time rehearsal day prior to the events. PHOTOS
BHS Veterans Day Celebration
On Nov. 10, members of the Stratford Veterans Museum joined veterans from around town at the lucheon and ceremony held at Bunnell High School in their honor. PHOTOS
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]