With over 7,000 sq.
ft., the Stars & Stripes Museum/Library includes current copies of the Stars and Stripes for visitors to examine, a 12 ½ minute video featuring
former Stripes correspondents Andy Rooney and Steve Kroft, and the
Civil War Exhibit
On November 7 & 8, 1861 approximately 3,000 Union troops arrived in the rebel town of Bloomfield. Ten of those soldiers utilized the printing press of the Bloomfield Herald to create the first newspaper for soldiers, by soldiers, The Stars and Stripes. The original 1861 issue, only three in existence, is on display.
World War I Exhibit
Seventy-one issues of The Stars and Stripes were printed in France during World War I under a mandate from General John J. Pershing to improve morale for soldiers stationed overseas. The museum has several bound volumes of all 71 newspapers for the perusal of any guest.
World War II Exhibit
Covering the battlefields of Europe, Africa, and the Pacific, The Stars and Stripes was the soldier's newspaper, printed in various locations as the front-lines advanced. G. I.'s treasured the newspaper's glimpses from home, humor, photos, pin-ups, cartoons and sports as well as news from the battlefields. Exhibits feature these themes, various service branches, and an exhibit on the USS Arizona and USS Missouri. Many issues of The Stars and Stripes are on display.
Photographs and Striper journalist artifacts illustrate aspects of "The Forgotten War." Conditions at the front are revealed in photographs of front-line soldiers and Stripes newspapers.
A photo essay of a firefight, a letter from a local soldier, a Western Union telegram, and various artifacts with interpretation are on display.
An actual portion of the Berlin Wall with accompanying interpretation, Stripes newspapers and photographs define this portion of the Cold War era.
Gulf War Exhibit
The soldiers serving in the Gulf War provided maps, scrapbooks, literature, and unusual materials for the displays which illustrates the conditions met by American soldiers.
Kosovo and Bosnia Exhibit
A collection of award-winning Stars and Stripes color photographs are on display.
Operation Enduring Freedom Exhibit
Operation Iraqi Freedom