Spirit of '76

Stamford History Center Logo

Members of the Stamford community have participated in the major military events of the 18th to 20th centuries. Their dedication, heroism, and persistent commitment have helped the nation survive during difficult periods to become the country of today. The Stamford Historical Society presents some special items from our collection representing those who fought to preserve our freedoms.

List of Major American Wars from the 18th to 20th centuries:

  • French and Indian War (1754 to 1763)
  • The Revolutionary War (1775-1783)
  • War of 1812 (1812-1815)
  • Mexican-American War (1846-1848)
  • American Civil War (1861-1865)
  • Spanish-American War (1898)
  • World War I (1914-1918)
  • World War II (1939-1945)
  • Korean War (1950-1953)
  • Vietnam War (1959-1975)
  • Gulf War (1990-1991)

Photos of Stamford Through Time

Preserving the past is an important part of our organization’s mission. The Stamford History Center, the municipal historian of Stamford, is an educational and research institution whose primary functions are to collect, conserve, interpret, and share artifacts and information relating to greater Stamford, to engage citizens in the telling of their stories. We provide opportunities for our community to understand and experience the past through our library, the presentation of exhibits and displays, lectures, demonstrations, special events, participatory programs, and tours of the unique Hoyt-Barnum House, built in 1699 and moved to our site in 2016.

Please take the time to visit us, to learn more about the city’s past, view one of our upcoming exhibits or attend an event.

Stamford History Center
1508 High Ridge Road Stamford, CT 06903
Hours: Thursdays - Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Upcoming Events

3rd Annual Reading of the Declaration of Independence, July 4 at 11

Our own board member Rick Peterson will read the Declaration of Independence on the 4th of July, complete in his colonial attire. This important document set forth the view of our early American forebears that we should not be subject to a country thousands of miles across the ocean. Come enjoy the event which will include some other exciting surprises.

Flax in the 18th Century Colonial Home, July 1 at Hoyt Barnum

Flax was a staple crop in colonial America as it was a product that could be turned to clothing and textiles manufacture, rope and sails, but was also processed into linseed oil for furniture. Learn how flax and wool were an integral part of the Connecticut home and economy, and view some of our early flax and wool production implements.

The Freemasons in Stamford, September 2021

Coming soon! The Freemasons are an important fraternal organization in Stamford where there are two chapters. They have had a presence since colonial times. View some of the special and rare artifacts on loan from the organization and learn about their history in the city.

The Boomers Generation, Fall 2021

Are you a boomer? If you were born between 1946 to 1964, you are a member of this fun and eclectic generation. Explore the themes and experiences of the Boomers, including pop culture favorites, social movements, important events, celebrations, fabulous fashions, and fun - Boomer style!


All Photographs and information has been curated by the Stamford History Center