Springfield Museums Press Releases

Walking Tour to Visit Merriam-Webster Building

General Museum News

June 27, 2012

John Morse, president of Merriam-Webster, and several of his colleagues will lead a tour of the Merriam-Webster building on Federal Street on Saturday, July 14, from 10:30 am-noon.

Morse and his colleagues will tell the story of the company from its founding in 1831 to the present, focusing particularly on newly found images of the various locations where the company has been before moving to its present location in 1940 but also talking about some of the notable dictionaries created by the Merriam brothers and their successors. In addition there will be a tour of the Editorial Department and a brief introduction to the materials and methods used in creating Merriam-Webster dictionaries.

The tour is part of the Second Saturday Walking Tour series, co-sponsored by the Armoury-Quadrangle Civic Association and the Springfield Museums. Participants should assemble at the museum Welcome Center at 21 Edwards Street. From there they will drive to the Merriam-Webster building where there is plenty of free parking.

Walking Tour tickets may be purchased in the museum Welcome Center on the day of the tour.  Tickets are free for members of the civic association or of the museums. Tickets for non-members are $5 per person. All proceeds go toward improvements to the neighborhood.

For additional information, call the Armoury-Quadrangle Civic Association at 413.747.1830 or email aqca@kimballtowers.com.

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