About The Museum

Preserving our nation’s military newspaper and celebrating the commitment and service of Stars & Stripers, our valiant military, and our citizens!

The National Stars and Stripes Museum and Library

Located in Bloomfield, Missouri, the designated birthplace of the Stars and Stripes by the US Department of Defense, the Museum collects, documents, celebrates, interprets, and preserves material related to the creation and continuing history of the Stars and Stripes, our nation’s military newspaper. 

Through exhibits and programs, the National Stars and Stripes Museum/Library offers a unique and important view of some of the most pivotal moments in modern history. The Museum highlights the history of the Stars and Stripes from the very first issue, printed by Union troops in November 1861, through the wars of the 20th century and into modern era.

In our publicly accessible archives, researchers can access our historical collection of the Stars and Stripes and related military history collections.

The Museum receives no government funding for operating expenses and admission is free, therefore we rely heavily on private donations to help pay the bills. Your donation helps us share these stories with future generations. 

Tony Vaccaro, Stars and Stripes photographer during WWII
Tony Vaccaro, Stars and Stripes photographer during WWII

Our Mission

The mission of the National Stars and Stripes Museum & Library is the documentation, preservation and communication of the iconic story of the Stars and Stripes newspaper and the commitment and service of the Stars and Stripers, our servicemen and women, and everyday citizens through exhibits, educational outreach, and special programs to further our freedoms and values.

Meet Our Team

Our wonderful staff is the secret to the museum and library’s success!

Laura Dumey

Laura has been with the Museum since 2010. She worked as a volunteer for many years. Then became curator in 2016 and administrator in 2018.
Kayla Hester

Kayla Hester

Curator of Collections
Kayla began her journey at the Museum as an intern in 2017. After graduating from Southeast Missouri State University with a double major in historic preservation and history, she became a full-time employee as the Museum's collections manager in 2019.

Morgan Wilikinson

Curator of Education
A Southeast Missouri State University graduate, Morgan joined our staff in January 2020. She has initiated our education program and has brought many new, young faces to the Museum.

Charlotte Vandiver

Administrative Assistant
A member of the staff since 2016, Charlotte greets visitors, gives tours, and manages the gift shop with a smile.

Our Board Members


Community Benefits

The National Stars and Stripes Museum and Library offers many benefits to the community.

Free Admission
Free Guided Tours (When Possible)

Youth Programs
School Tours
Access to Teaching Trunks

Free Library Services
Research Support and Services

Access to Public Archives
Access to Historical Stars & Stripes Newspaper Archives

Special Events
Educational Workshops
Virtual Field Trips