Rooms » War Room
The War Room was one of last years displays. After speaking with some of the teachers at the high school and other visitors we deceided to make this a permanent display upstairs.
You will find something from 1812 to present day.
We have a piece of a red jacket from 1812 and papers from a soldier.
We have a display from the Civil War and a story of Mrs. Weaver, whose husband was injured on the frontline. She actually met with President Lincoln and begged for permission to go to nurse her husband back to health which he granted.
You will find Fred Glor's unit flag
Mr. Shipman's medals from WWI. Notice the red flag with the stars, this is a replica that the Oakfield High School made and sold to remember the boys who were serving.
There is a campsite from memorabilia from Korea. The school children tour each year and are amazed that everything a soldier had needed to fit in their duffel bag.
There are pictures from Iwo Jima and uniforms from WWII.
There is a map showing the "stats" of WWII. A board explaining about ration books and what it was like on the home front. A cabinet with items from different wars and different branches of service.
You will find an aerial view showing the Village of Oakfield. On the roof of the present Village office there is the name of the town and the northerely directional mark. This was down as par of the WPA program from President Roosevelt's administration. The information was to be twelve foot high in black and orange letters with the village name, give the north bearing and indicate by a circle, arrow and numbers the distance and direction to the nearest airports. This was to help pilots who at the time relied on maps that sometimes flew out the window. The project began in October 1935. Ironically during WWII many of these markings were covered over so that any spy or enemy plans could not find their way around the country.
You will see a display on Steve Cianfrini, son of Ray & Karen, who was shot down serving in Iraq. He and his co pilot were trapped by insurgents. They were able to radio for help and were saved just before being captured.
They took a "Spurr ride" where they were strapped to the outside of the helicopter a risky move but they couldn't wait for a larger helicopter as the were in danger.
Steve's unit was nicknamed Crazy Horse.
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Oakfield Historical Society
7 Maple Avenue
PO Box 74
Oakfield, NY 14125