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Home News Military medical museum archives acquires historic Walter Reed hospital newspaper series STRIPE

Military medical museum archives acquires historic Walter Reed hospital newspaper series STRIPE

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SILVER SPRING, Md. — The National Museum of Health and Medicine (NMHM) acquired a historically-significant newspaper collection this spring that documented the day-to-day life of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center from the 1940s to the hospital's closure in 2011.

One-hundred and fifty-one volumes of the Stripe weekly staff newspaper collection – uniquely valuable as historical records from the world-renowned military hospital – were transferred to NMHM's Otis Historical Archives (OHA) from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. in May 2018. The acquisition includes 64 bound volumes of the Service Stripe and 87 bound volumes of the Stripe.





Originally called Service Stripe, the newspaper covered the people and events at the former military hospital until the paper ceased publication in August 2011, when the installation and hospital complex were closed in response to a recommendation by the Base Realignment and Closure Commission in 2005. The hospital integrated with the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., forming Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.


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