Fenton Canteen

Veterans of all ages are invited to drop in for coffee on the second Saturday of each month from 10 AM to 12 PM at the Fenton History Center research center, located at 73 Forest Avenue in Jamestown, New York, in the historic Hall House. This location is handicap accessible and service dogs are welcome. 

Fenton Canteen – May 2017

Starting in April of 2017, the coffee get together originated to aid in the planning of events and upcoming bus trips, however our members decided to extend an invitation to veterans of all ages, from any war or conflict.  We will continue to briefly cover upcoming events but the main focus of the Fenton Canteen is to provide an opportunity to establish comaraderie amongst veterans.   

Fenton Canteen – May 2017

The Fenton Canteen is an excellent way to learn more about Vets Finding Vets.  Vets Finding Vets is a veteran program that is organized by the Fenton History Center.  The group meets regularly at the Hall House to help enrolled veterans trace their families history, look up old service buddies, flesh out the service records for other veterans in their families and/or help with other projects pertaining to veterans.

We are proud to announce that four of our World War II Veterans will be attending an Honor Flight in September of 2017.  One of the highlight of June’s canteen was the diary of a World War II  Navy Veteran that was brought in to share with the group. The diary belonged to Steve Johnson’s uncle. Steve Johnson is a Vets Finding Vets board member.

Another interesting fact is that the Fenton Property was initially purchased by the city of Jamestown to be used as a soldier and sailor memorial, many patriotic organizations held their social gatherings at the Fenton Mansion and on its property. This is supported by Governor Reuben E. Fenton’s deep rooted mission to advocate for and support veterans from the War of 1812 and the American Civil War.  The Fenton Canteen is a meeting place for local military connections, ever falling into place, with the history of the mansion and the men who enlisted here during the American Civil War.  

Interested in joining Vets Finding Vets visit: https://www.fentonhistorycenter.org/vets-finding-vets/ to learn more.

Learn more about the Vets Finding Vets Upcoming Talks and Outings: https://www.fentonhistorycenter.org/upcoming-talks-and-outings/ 

Browse past talks held at the Fenton History Center: https://www.fentonhistorycenter.org/past-guest-speakers/ 

Discover stories featuring some of our Vets Finding Vets members: https://www.fentonhistorycenter.org/veterans-in-the-news/

Learn more about Project 22: A Message of Hope: https://www.fentonhistorycenter.org/project-22/

Pictured at the top of page:  American servicemen enjoy a cup of coffee at a Salvation Army hut in New York, circa 1918. During World War I, instant coffee was a key provision for soldiers on the front. Many soldier’s called it a cup of “George”. 

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