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Museum Rises for Military Paper; Stars & Stripes Devotees Create Monument to Paper Born during Civil War

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Museum Rises for Military Paper; Stars & Stripes Devotees Create Monument to Paper Born during Civil War

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A STARS & STRIPES museum is under construction in Bloomfield, Mo., where the armed forces newspaper was founded in 1861 following a Civil War battle.

Built under the auspices of, and with funding from, the Stars & Stripes Museum Library Association, the facility also will house a library and a meeting room. A 3,600-square-foot office building is the first unit to be constructed. An outside display of a tank, airplane and small ship is planned to represent U.S. military forces. The library association is separate from the Stars & Stripes Association, an alumni group, but the two are cooperating on the project, also funded by donations.

One former Stars & Stripes staffer, Ted Adameck, has donated $40,000 toward the project, which is expected to cost about $2 million. Contributions of $10,000 each have come from a local veterans organization, and the town's Chevrolet dealer, while other private donors have given various amounts. Bloomfield (pop. 1,800) is 150 miles south of St. Louis.

London architect William Hanway, whose father was a Stars & Striper in World War II, is designing the building at no charge. Stoddard County donated 7.5 acres of land, and the state of Missouri is giving a special tax break to state donors to the project.

According to historical files, on Nov. 8, 1861, the 8th Illinois Regiment commanded by Col. Richard B. Oglesby captured Bloomfield from the Confederate forces, who fled south. …

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