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The National Stars and Stripes Museum and Library is the only museum in the United States dedicated to the history of our nation’s military newspaper.


The Stars and Stripes National Museum and Library showcases pivotal moments in modern history through its exhibits and programs. From the first issue printed by Union troops in November 1861 to the wars of the 20th century and beyond, the museum provides a unique and significant perspective on the history of the Stars and Stripes.

Civil War Room

The Civil War Room

On November 9, 1861, a group of 10 Union soldiers from Southern Illinois took control of the Bloomfield Herald and successfully printed the first edition of the Stars and Stripes newspaper. Discover the motivations behind the publication of this paper and explore other noteworthy editions produced during the Civil War.

The WWI Room

As visitors enter through our replica WWI trench, they will have the opportunity to delve into the stories of the main editors, cartoonists, and the captivating Doughboy poetry featured in the WWI Stars and Stripes newspaper.


Step into the WWII area, where the spotlight shines on the historic D-Day events. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere as you witness a WWII dog tag machine in action, capturing the essence of that era. Take a moment to connect with the past by writing heartfelt letters to veterans, expressing gratitude for their service. Additionally, be captivated by a fascinating photo exhibit showcasing Phil Stern’s remarkable images captured during 1943 and 1944. Prepare to embark on a journey through time and honor the heroes of WWII.

Korean War Section

In this exhibit, we pay tribute to two former Stripers, Bob McNeil and Frank Praytor, who played significant roles in the history of Stars and Stripes. Explore the compelling photos taken by Frank during the Korean conflict, offering a unique perspective on this pivotal moment in history. Join us as we celebrate their contributions and honor their legacy.

Vietnam War Section

Join us in this exhibit as we showcase two former Stripers, Gary Cooper and Steve Kroft. Experience the intensity of a fire fight in Vietnam through Gary’s captivating photos, accompanied by artifacts that offer a glimpse into the past. Additionally, witness Steve’s iconic field jacket, symbolizing his dedication and service to Stars and Stripes. Come and discover the stories behind these remarkable individuals and their contributions to the Stars and Stripes legacy.

Modern Era

Explore the section that highlights the Gulf War to present-day, featuring memorabilia from Striper Ron Jensen and Kevin Dougherty’s 1984 laptop, which offers a fascinating glimpse into the past. Additionally, be captivated by a photo exhibit showcasing the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, providing a unique perspective on these pivotal moments in history. Join us as we pay tribute to the brave men and women who have served and continue to serve in the Stars and Stripes legacy.