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Introduction
1)
Title
World War I
2)
Town, State
Westport, CT
3)
ID #
1836
4)
Compilation Date (Initial)
August 27, 2009
5)
Compilation Date (Latest)
August 27, 2009
6)
Site Worked Last
August 29, 2009
Description
The monument is dedicated to the men and women of Westport, Connecticut -- those who served and those who died in the World War (World War I). The bronze Doughboy was created by sculptor J. Clinton Shepherd (1888-1975). A town resident, his work stands atop a granite base to which are attached plaques documenting the work’s story. Situated at one end of the town common, also known as Veterans Green, the monument is one of several honoring those who serve in our military. Local government officials and veterans organizations combined in the mid-1920s to begin the creation of the memorial, which on its several plaques register those who died as well as those who fought and those who served as nurses. A site at the meeting of Boston Post Road and Long Lots Road was the monument’s original setting; it was dedicated 11/9/1930. Later, in 1987, the piece was relocated to its current location and dedicated Memorial Day, 1988.
Content
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1)
Self-sacrifice
2)
War Dead or those Serving and Dying
3)
Not Applicable
4)
Male and Female
5)
Caucasian
6)
World War I
Design
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1.)
Man-made
2.)
Inscription/Text Design
Integrated
3)
Statue(s) w/wo pedestal
4)
Stone/rock and metal
5)
Average (life-size)
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Main + One
7)
Inscribed/lettered on tablet
8)
Text available, partial
9)
Yes (see below)
9.1)
Image numbering/location
2800-801.1, 2800-801.2, 2800-801.3, 2800-801.4, 2800-801.5, 2800-801.6, 2800-801.7, 2800-801.8, 2800-801.9, 2800-801.10
10)
Design Preservation
Good
11)
Inscript. Separate from M|M
No
12)
Designers
12.1)
Designer 1
Artist/Artistic Group: Shepherd, J. Clinton
13)
Fabricators/Builders
Not Yet Determined
Setting
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1)
Park/Garden/Lawn/Field
3)
Appearance/Setting
Completed
3.1)
Appeal of the Item
5 Good
3.2)
Setting appears appropriate
6 Very Good
3.3)
Traffic near for access, distanced for appreciation
5 Good
3.4)
Visualization and panorama
5 Good
3.5)
Opportunity to view, to enjoy the item
5 Good
3.6)
Overall Averaged Score
5.2 Good (Given a 1.0 - 7.0 Range)
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4)
1925
5)
November 09, 1930
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Not Entered
10)
Other Monuments on Site
11)
Satisfactory
12)
Local government
Themes
1)
MonumentsandMemorials.com Themes
No Perceived Theme Match
2)
National Historic Landmark Themes
No Perceived Theme Match
Demography
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1)
File Number
46
2)
Town/City
Westport
3)
County
Fairfield
4)
District
Intentionally Blank
5)
State
CT
6)
Zip
06880
7)
Country
United States
8)
Latitude (GPS)
41.1454530000
9)
Longitude (GPS)
-73.3609000000
10)
Intersecting Street 1
Myrtle Ave
11)
Intersecting Street 2
Main St
12)
Additional Identifier 1
Town Common
13)
Additional Identifier 2
Veterans Green
15)
Man-made
16)
16.1)
Government, Local
16.2)
Veterans group(s)
17)
1914-1945
18)
Compilation Date (Initial)
August 27, 2009
19)
19.1)
Site Survey
19.2)
Government Materials
19.3)
Website
20)
Compilation Date (Latest)
Not Entered
21)
Compilation Technique (Latest)
Newspaper
22)
Source Originator
monumentsandmemorials.com
Comments and Notes
DESIGN: Sculptor -- The artist is also known as Clinton J. Shepherd.
DEVELOPMENT: Start -- Assumed to be the year in which local government approved the monument's erection, 1925.
DEMOGRAPHY: Location -- Situated on U.S. 1, the old Boston Post Road, at Long Lots Road, near the Sherwood Island Connector, until moved to its current location in 1987 (and re-dedicated in 1988).
SOURCES: Compilation Technique -- SIRIS; Newspapers: Westport News of 7-24-1985, 5-2-1986, 5-20-1988 (also courtesy SIRIS).
SPONSOR(S): Veterans group(s) -- American Legion; Veterans of Foreign Wars.



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