OUR MUSEUM

The Museum of the First Company Governor's Foot Guard has been created by the hard work of numerous members of the First Company.   Maj. Loren Schave, curator of the museum, has spent countless hours working with, researching, and cataloging items and artifacts from our 230-plus years of history, and has donated countless hours to the actual construction of the museum.  

In creating the museum's home, Major Schave was assisted by numerous craftsmen from within the ranks of the First Company.   LTC Rocco Laraia, MAJ Phil Kennedy, CPT Richard Pelletier, 1LT Leo Godreau, MSG Gerry Santos, SFC Thomas Howe, and others, have donated their expertise through countless hours of building, wiring, and other tasks necessary to transform the First Company's old firing range into a modern museum.   Their improvements to the the space involved a great deal of hard work, not the least of which was creating all of the custom display cases and fixtures needed to properly display the museum's collection of artifacts from the history of the First Company.   

Most recently, this group of craftsmen has turned the assembly space outside of the museum into overflow display space for the museum.   In order to properly complete this task, the craftsmen found that they had to make extensive changes to this space as well, including renovation of the walls, lights and flooring, as well as the creation and installation of numerous new display cases.

While not yet physically completed, or open to the public, the museum has still been extremely busy since its inception.  Exhibits have been created for display at the Old State House, the Connecticut State Armory, the Legislative Office Building and at Bradley International Airport.   Major Schave, assisted by Major Boyle, Captain Nearine and Staff Sergeant Mark Sidell, have enhanced several displays through personal appearances, serving as guides to the history of the First Company.    

The museum contains a respectable collection of artifacts, but it is always interested in receiving donations of additional items pertaining to the history of the First Company Governor's Foot Guard.  Persons wishing to donate items to the museum are encouraged to contact the First Company through the "Contact Us" link above.

 


ONLINE HISTORY TOPICS
Special thanks to Captain Robert Nearine and Captain Gwynn Kane, for allowing the use of articles that previously appeared in "Battalion Review"!

 

Overview
Want a brief overview of the First Company's history? Learn more here!

 

The Foot Guard Is Created
Want to know how and why the Foot Guard was created? Learn more here!

 

The March to Saratoga
Did the First Company ever participate in a military action? Learn more here!

 

The French Connection
What is the First Company's connection with France? Learn more here!

 

President Adams
When was the first time that the First Company provided service to a U.S. President? 
Learn more here!

 

The First Major
When did the commandant of the First Company reach rank equity with the commandants of the Horse Guards? Learn more here!

 

The First Company Stands Its Ground
Did you ever hear about the First Company's famous bayonet charge in 1812? Learn more here!

 

Above and Beyond
What is the highest military honor achieved by a member of the First Company?  
Learn more here!

 

The Mark Twain Sword
What is the First Company's connection with Mark Twain?  Learn more here!

 

Afghanistan, 1908
Want to read about a Foot Guarder's experiences in Afghanistan in 1908? Learn more here!

 

Sgt. Stubby
Who is Stubby?  Read about him here!!!

 

The O'Neill Colt
What is "The O'Neill Colt"?  Learn more here!

 

The Band In Battle
Want to know how the First Company's drum cadence was created? Learn more here!

 

The Centennial Legion
Want to know more about the Centennial Legion of Historic Military Commands? 
Learn more here!

 

The Foot Guard Quick Step
Was there ever a piece of music written about and for the First Company? Learn more here!