Springfield Museums Press Releases

Springfield Museums Selected for National Assessment Program

July 18, 2014

The Springfield Museums have been selected to participate in the Museum Assessment Program (MAP). The program is funded by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and administered by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). Last year, the Springfield Museums received full accreditation from the AAM, a milestone that only 6% museums in America have achieved.

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Museums’ Family Series Features Free Admission on July 18

July 2, 2014

The “Summer Spectacular Family Series” at Springfield Museums continues during the week of July 14. The six-week series includes a host of programs and events every weekday through August 15. All programs and performances are free with admission unless otherwise noted.

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Museums Mark Fifth Annual Indian Motocycle Day

June 26, 2014

The Springfield Museums will present their fifth annual Indian Day, a revival of a long-standing celebration and rally of the classic motorcycles that were manufactured in the city from 1901 to 1953. Indian Day will take place on Sunday, July 20, from 9 am- 3 pm on the grounds of the Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle. The event is sponsored by The Sampson Family and AAA Pioneer Valley. MassMutual is the 2014 Premier Sponsor of the Springfield Museums.

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Museums Announce Six-Week Summer Family Series

June 17, 2014

The Springfield Museums have announced the schedule for their annual “Summer Spectacular” Family Series, which runs from July 7 through August 15, 2014. Every Monday through Friday, families visiting the Quadrangle can look forward to a schedule packed with hands-on art and science activities, live reptile demonstrations, and family entertainment for all ages. All programs and performances are free with admission unless otherwise noted. The 2014 premier sponsor is MassMutual.

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Museums Seek Artists for Art Picnic

June 2, 2014

The Springfield Museums have received a $5,000 grant from the Xeric Foundation to present Art Picnic, a public arts project designed to beautify Springfield and give local art students from Distinctive Art Studio the chance to collaborate with established artists. The project will help to boost the creative economy of Springfield by providing a vehicle for local artists to display their work, while also allowing local art students to expand their skills, build their resumes and feel motivated to pursue a career in the arts. Art Picnic was first launched in the summer of 2013, when over 24 artists and students worked to create unique artwork on tables at the Museums.

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Museums Announce Lectures, Tours for June

May 28, 2014

The Springfield Museums’ monthly tour and lecture schedule continues in June with the popular Thursday Museums à la Carte lectures, held weekly at 12:15 p.m. in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. Admission is $4 ($2 for members of the Springfield Museums); visitors are invited to bring lunch (cookies and coffee are provided). The programs are sponsored by Big Y World Class Market. For more information about Museums à la Carte, call 413.263.6800, ext. 488. This month’s lectures include:

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Museums Announce New Prices, Summer Hours

May 27, 2014

The Springfield Museums have announced new prices for general admission, which covers entry to the Springfield Science Museum, the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History, and the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum.

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Dinosaurs Set to Take Science Museum by Storm

May 22, 2014

Next month, a host of prehistoric creatures will take the Springfield Science Museum by storm. Life Through Time: Dinosaurs and Ice-Age Mammals will roar into the Springfield Museums on June 14 and go extinct on September 14, 2014.

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WRSI Podcast: Steampunk Gets Definition Vindication

May 20, 2014

Springfield based dictionary, Merriam-Webster, unveils its new words for 2014 at the Springfield Museums’ Steampunk Springfield exhibit.

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Mojitos, Jaime Kent Featured at June Culture & Cocktails

May 15, 2014

The Springfield Museums will wrap up their 2013-2014 Culture & Cocktails series with an evening of “Modern Art and Mojitos” on Thursday, June 5 from 5-8 pm at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. The sponsor of the evening’s event is Health New England.

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Springfield Museums Host 'American Moderns' from Brooklyn Museum

May 14, 2014

Next month, an exhibit of master Modern paintings from the collection of the Brooklyn Museum will travel to the Springfield Museums. American Moderns, 1910-1960: From O’Keeffe to Rockwell opens on June 6 at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, and will be on display through August 31, 2014. American Moderns has been organized by the Brooklyn Museum; the exhibit’s local sponsors are Field Eddy, Inc. and Lyman and Leslie Wood. MassMutual is the 2014 Premier sponsor of the Springfield Museums.

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Exhibit of Rockwell Drawings Set to Open at Springfield Museums

May 5, 2014

Later this month, the Springfield Museums will unveil a new exhibit of original drawings by Norman Rockwell titled Norman Rockwell’s World: Reinterpreting the American Tradition in the 21st Century. The drawings, along with an original Rockwell-inspired mural by local artist John Simpson, will be on display at the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History from May 20 through January 4, 2015. MassMutual is the 2014 Premier Sponsor of the Springfield Museums.

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Indian Motocycle Day Returns to Springfield Museums

April 24, 2014

The Springfield Museums will host their fifth annual Indian Motocycle Day on Sunday, July 20 from 9 am until 3 pm.

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Museums to Display Recent Gifts Peggy and David Starr

April 24, 2014

On May 13, a new exhibit titled Gifts from the Collection of Peggy and David Starrwill open at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. Long-time supporters of the Springfield Museums and active leaders in the arts community, the Starrs recently donated a dozen exceptional objects from their personal collection to the D’Amour Museum. A selection of the works will be placed on display in the gallery named for the couple---the Starr Gallery of Watercolors--- through August 17, 2014.

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Final Stars Over Springfield Program Until Fall

April 23, 2014

The Springfield Science Museum’s large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky gazing on Friday, May 2 at 7:30 pm as part of the “Stars Over Springfield” observatory series. These programs are organized by the Museum and the Springfield Stars Club, and take place on the first Friday of each month. This will be the final Stars event until the series renews again in September.

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Museums Announce May Lectures & Tours

April 22, 2014

The Springfield Museums’ monthly tour and lecture schedule continues in May with the popular Thursday Museums à la Carte lectures, held weekly at 12:15 pm in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. Admission is $4 ($2 for members of the Springfield Museums); visitors are invited to bring lunch (cookies and coffee are provided). The programs are sponsored by Big Y World Class Market.

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Museums Display Artwork Honoring Local Team

April 17, 2014

On Friday, a new exhibition of original pastel paintings by children’s book illustrator Gerald Purnell will go on display at the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History. The paintings were created to accompany the acclaimed children’s book by Richard Andersen titled A Home Run for Bunny. Andersen is currently a professor of writing at Springfield College and lives in Montague, MA. Purnell’s original pastel paintings will be on display through September 14 in a new gallery located near the entrance to the Springfield History Library & Archives.

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CBS News Video - The art of deception: Turning forgery into an art form

April 16, 2014

A counterfeit masterpiece is treated just like a fine work of art at the D'Amour Museum in Springfield, Mass. Curator Colette Loll makes sure even forgeries get the white glove treatment. Anthony Mason reports.

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Public Invited to Meet Steampunk Springfield Artists

April 10, 2014

On Sunday, April 27 from 1-5 pm, the Springfield Museums will host a special “Meet the Artists” event in conjunction with their current exhibition Steampunk Springfield: Re-Imagining an Industrial City. The exhibition includes works by over forty artists from around the region, all on view at the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History and the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum. The event is free with museum admission.

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Springfield Museums Celebrate Earth Day with Festival and Cleanup

April 2, 2014

The Springfield Science Museum will present their annual Earth Day Festival on the Quadrangle grounds on Sunday, April 13 from 11 am–4pm. Activities are free with museum admission unless noted, and will take place rain or shine.

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WGBH - Open Studio With Jared Bowen: Intent to Deceive

April 1, 2014

Jared visits the Springfield Museums for a preview of their ground-breaking exhibit, Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World, and talks with playwright Melinda Lopez about her stirring new drama Becoming Cuba, opening Friday, March 28th, at the Huntington Theatre Company’s Calderwood Pavilion.

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Museums Announce “Puppet Festival” as Theme for April Vacation Week

March 31, 2014

The Springfield Museums have announced their lineup of performances and activities for the upcoming school vacation week, April 21-25, 2014. This year’s Puppet Festival will feature performances by some of the region’s finest puppet ensembles, along with live animal demonstrations, interactive displays, planetarium shows, and hands-on art opportunities. All activities are free with museum admission unless noted.

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Forbes - At This Massachusetts Art Museum, Some Forgeries Are Faker Than Others (But Better Not Trust Your Eyes)

March 27, 2014

In 1967, the aristocratic Hungarian art collector Elmyr de Hory told his neighbor a secret. All the modern masters on the walls of his Ibiza mansion were fakes; he was the real painter. Others that he’d made, including artwork attributed to Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, had been sold to museums around the world. He’d lost his family fortune with the Second World War. Forgery was how de Hory made his living.

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The Recorder - Dark Arts: ‘‘Intent to Deceive’ takes a close look at famous forgers

March 26, 2014

With TV crews from Russia, Spain and CBS News, as well as correspondents arriving from Germany, China, France, Denmark and other points of the compass, Springfield’s D’Amour Museum exhibit of art forgery and fakes has struck a resounding global chord. Perhaps no one is more surprised at this wellspring of interest than the show’s guest curator, Colette Loll.

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Springfield Museums Announce Major Gift from Smith & Wesson

March 25, 2014

The Springfield Museums have received a major gift from Smith & Wesson to help support the continued stewardship of the historic firearms collection at the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History. That collection, one of the most historically significant in the world, includes 1,600 Smith & Wesson firearms covering every era of the company’s existence as well as over 400,000 archival documents dating back to the company’s founding in Springfield in 1852.

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NEPR Podcast - An Ode To 19th And 20th Century Ingenuity Via Steampunk Springfield

March 21, 2014

Let’s dial it back to 1870 for a moment, to the time when author Jules Verne left his mark with 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Verne wrote his classic science fiction novel years before it became a Walt Disney film. His submarine and high tech gadgetry were way ahead of their time, and they made a lasting impression.

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Museums Stars Program Continues in April

March 20, 2014

The Springfield Science Museum’s large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky gazing on Friday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the “Stars Over Springfield” observatory series. These programs are organized by the Museum and the Springfield Stars Club, and take place on the first Friday of each month from September through May. Each event features an introductory talk on topics such as space exploration, seasonal sights of the night sky, current astronomical research, or upcoming events like eclipses or comet appearances. This month, Tim Connolly from the Electron Microscope Lab at Baystate Medical Center will present “The Pathology of our Night Sky,” examining what telescopes allow us to see versus our naked eye.

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MassLive: Changchun Railway Vehicles Co. executives tour Springfield history museum

March 20, 2014

Changchun Railway Vehicles Co. wants to build a $30-million railroad car factory in Springfield for many of the same reasons the Wason Manufacturing Co. was successful in the same business 150 years ago.

Springfield has good access to transportation networks, north and south as well as east and west, said Lu Xiwei, president of the Changchun Railway Vehicles, following a Tuesday afternoon tour of the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History, where company officials learned not only of Wason but of Rolls-Royce, Indian Motocycle and Smith & Wesson.

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Museums Announce Lectures, Tours for April

March 17, 2014

The Springfield Museums’ monthly tour and lecture schedule continues in April with the popular Thursday Museums à la Carte lectures, held weekly at 12:15 p.m. in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. Admission is $4 ($2 for members of the Springfield Museums); visitors are invited to bring lunch (cookies and coffee are provided). The programs are sponsored by Big Y World Class Market. For more information about Museums à la Carte, call 413.263.6800, ext. 488. This month’s lectures include:

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Museums' Festival of Flowers Returns

March 13, 2014

The coming of spring also brings the return of the Springfield Museums’ annual Festival of Flowers, April 3-6, 2014. This year’s celebration will feature over 50 objects from the art, history and science collections creatively interpreted by local florists, designers, and garden club members. The festival, once a mainstay of the Museums calendar, returned last year to the delight of area flower fans, and this year’s event features even more floral arrangements inspired by some of the Museums’ signature collection items.

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Museums to Celebrate “Steampunk Springfield” with Preview Event on March 21

March 6, 2014

Steampunk Springfield: Re-Imagining an Industrial City will kick-off in spectacular fashion with an Opening Soiree on Friday, March 21, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. Like the project itself, the evening promises to be engaging, multi-faceted, and provocative. The event is sponsored in part by Ideal Insurance.

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MassLive: Springfield Museums ready for Festival of Flowers

March 6, 2014

The Festival of Flowers helps return spring to the Springfield Museums, from April 3 through 6. Galleries throughout the art, history and science museums will be in bloom, with more than 50 museum objects being interpreted by area florists, designers and garden club members.

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Masslive: comments Steampunk exhibit at Springfield Museums to re-imagine the city

March 5, 2014

The fantastical exhibition “Steampunk Springfield: Re-Imagining an Industrial City” is coming to the city later this month and bringing with it ideas for the future.

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Museums Seek Nominees for Ubora, Ahadi Awards

March 5, 2014

The African Hall Subcommittee of the Springfield Museums is seeking nominations for the 23rd annual Ubora Award and the 6th annual Ahadi Youth Award. The African Hall Subcommittee is a volunteer group comprised of educators, business people and community leaders from the African-American community. The nomination deadline for both awards is March 31, 2014.

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Museums To Unveil "Steampunk Springfield"

February 27, 2014

Beginning this spring, the Springfield Museums will present a series of ambitious exhibits and events all tied to the unique art genre known as “Steampunk.” Steampunk Springfield: Re-Imagining an Industrial City will take place from March 22 – September 28, 2014, with exhibits in both the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum and the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History. Additional events related to the Steampunk Springfield project will also be hosted by the Museums and other partner organizations, including the Springfield Armory National Historic Site and CityStage & Symphony Hall, among others. The project is sponsored by Merriam-Webster, Peerless Precision and AAA of Pioneer Valley, with additional support from media sponsors The Valley Advocate/Preview Magazine, WRSI 93.9, and media partner ArtScope Magazine.

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Museums Announce Stars Program for March

February 24, 2014

The Springfield Science Museum’s large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky gazing on Friday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the “Stars Over Springfield” observatory series. These programs are organized by the Museum and the Springfield Stars Club, and take place on the first Friday of each month from September through May. Each event features an introductory talk on topics such as space exploration, seasonal sights of the night sky, current astronomical research, or upcoming events like eclipses or comet appearances. March’s topic will be "Hubble: A Quarter Century of Discovery,” presented by Paul Cardone.

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Museums Announce March Tours/Lectures

February 20, 2014

The Springfield Museums’ monthly tour and lecture schedule continues in March with the popular Thursday Museums à la Carte lectures, held weekly at 12:15 pm in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. Admission is $4 ($2 for members of the Springfield Museums); visitors are invited to bring lunch (cookies and coffee are provided). The programs are sponsored by Big Y World Class Market. For more information about Museums à la Carte, call 413.263.6800, ext. 488.

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March Culture & Cocktails Explores the Art of Forgery

February 18, 2014

The Springfield Museums invites visitors to explore the world of art forgers and the science used to reveal their deceptions at the next Culture & Cocktails program of the season. The event takes place on Thursday, March 6 from 5-8 pm at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Musems Announce February School Vacation Programs

January 29, 2014

The Springfield Museums have announced their slate of activities for the upcoming school vacation week, February 17-21, 2014. The week-long program, titled Sights & Sounds of the Rainforest, will feature family-friendly performances and live animal demonstrations along with hands-on activities and planetarium shows. All activities are free with the price of museum admission unless noted otherwise. Visitors can also explore the Springfield Science Museum’s newest exhibit, Rainforest Adventure, an interactive experience designed to teach children 10 and under about one of the earth’s most precious resources (special exhibition fee applies). The exhibit and the school vacation week programs are both sponsored by United Bank.

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NEPR Podcast - Famous Fakes: Art Exhibit in Springfield Looks at Forgeries and Forgers

January 24, 2014

This week, an exhibit opened at the Springfield Museums exploring some of the most infamous art forgery scandals of the century. It also delves into the minds of serial forgers. Called "Intent to Deceive," the exhibit places masterpieces by Picasso and Matisse alongside examples of fakes that fooled some of the world's most revered experts.

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Free Teacher Preview of Rainforest Exhibit

January 24, 2014

Next week, teachers are invited to view the new Rainforest Adventure special exhibition at the Springfield Science Museum, which is available for school tours through May 9. Those in attendance will be able to tour the exhibit, meet with staff to discuss field trips and curriculum connections, and participate in hands-on demonstrations from Conservation Kids: Stewards of the Earth, one of the many standing programs offered to visiting school groups by the Springfield Museums.

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Wine and Chocolate Tasting at Next Culture & Cocktails

January 22, 2014

On Thursday, February 6 from 5-8 pm, the Springfield Museums will present their next Culture & Cocktails event of the season, Indulgence: An Evening of Wine of Chocolate. The event will take place at the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, and is sponsored by Six Point Creative Works and United Personnel, Inc.

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Museums Stars Program for February

January 22, 2014

The Springfield Science Museum’s large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky gazing on Friday, February 7 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the “Stars Over Springfield” observatory series. These programs are organized by the Museum and the Springfield Stars Club, and take place on the first Friday of each month from September through May. Each event features an introductory talk on topics such as space exploration, seasonal sights of the night sky, current astronomical research, or upcoming events like eclipses or comet appearances.

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MassLive: Readers Raves 2014: Springfield Museum wins trio of honors – Best Museum, Best Rainy Day Family Destination, and Best Gift Shop

January 20, 2014

When it comes to Reader Raves, the Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle on 21 Edwards St. hit a home run in three categories: Best Museum, Best Rainy Day Family Destination and Best Gift Shop.

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Springfield Museums Announce Lectures and Tours for February

January 20, 2014

The Springfield Museums’ monthly tour and lecture schedule continues in February with the popular Thursday Museums à la Carte lectures, held weekly at 12:15 pm in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. Admission is $4 ($2 for members of the Springfield Museums); visitors are invited to bring lunch (cookies and coffee are provided).

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CBCRadio Podcast: Intent to Deceive: Why art forgeries are commanding top level security

January 15, 2014

The fakes and forgeries of the Art World are now on tour. There are 60 works - only 14 of them authentic - showing the genius of those who would imitate Rembrandt or Vermeer ...to name two. Today, we take a close look at the art of forgery and the deceptiveness of authentic art.

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WBUR: ‘Intent To Deceive’ Explores Some Of The Art World’s Best Fakes

January 7, 2014

They’re described as the world’s most notorious con artists, and they’re about to be profiled in an exhibit set to debut at the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts in Springfield, Mass.

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Rainforest Adventure Awaits Families at the Springfield Museums; Special Opening Day Celebration Scheduled for January 25

January 6, 2014

Young visitors to the Springfield Science Museum will be able to take a virtual excursion deep into the rainforest, thanks to the Museums’ newest traveling exhibit, Rainforest Adventure. The exhibit, designed by Stepping Stones Museum for Children, will be open January 25 through May 11, 2014, and is sponsored by United Bank.

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Video: WGBY's Connecting Point

January 2, 2014

Stored on a shelf for over 100 hundred years, a rare anthropological treasure was recently discovered in the Springfield Science Museum’s permanent collections. Originally cataloged as an “Aleutian hat,” the artifact had been preserved in museum collections for over a century before being identified last month as a war helmet from the Tlingit people of Alaska. Beautifully carved and with much of the original paint still visible, the helmet is one of a relatively small number in existence worldwide. Dave Stier, Director of the Springfield Science Museum, and Dr. Ellen Savulis, Curator of Anthropology, Springfield Science Museum explain more about this exciting discovery

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New York Times Article: So Valuable, It Could Almost Be Real

December 31, 2013

A personal escort — flying first class to be well rested and alert — will accompany the painting “The Head of Christ” from the moment it leaves the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, until it is safely locked in the vault at Springfield Museums in Massachusetts this month, when it will be exhibited in the United States for the first time.

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Famous Fakes Exhibit to Debut in Springfield

December 19, 2013

Next month, a provocative new exhibit about art forgery will have its international debut at the Springfield Museums. Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World will open on January 21 at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, and will be on display through April 27, 2014. The media sponsor for the exhibit is WGBY Channel 57.

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A Hidden Treasure Revealed: Rare Tlingit War Helmet Discovered at Springfield Science Museum

December 18, 2013

Stored on a shelf for over 100 hundred years, a rare anthropological treasure was recently discovered in the Springfield Science Museum’s permanent collections. Museum Director David Stier, who has worked in museums collections for almost 30 years, describes the discovery as nothing less than “the find of a lifetime.”

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Today is Valley Gives Day - Support the Springfield Museums!

December 12, 2013

Your gift to the Museums helps us bring visitors to the furthest reaches of the universe and their imagination.

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New Currier & Ives Exhibit Opens at D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts

November 26, 2013

This month, the Springfield Museums unveiled a new exhibit of Currier & Ives prints from the collection of the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. The display, titled The Connoisseurship of Currier & Ives, is on view through June 15, 2014. The Museum is home to one of the largest permanent collections of Currier & Ives prints.

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Culture & Cocktails Offers an Evening of “Champagne and Moonlight”

November 25, 2013

The Springfield Museums will host their third Culture & Cocktails event of the season on Thursday, December 12 from 5-8 pm at the Springfield Science Museum. The event, titled “Champagne and Moonlight,” is sponsored by Westfield State Alumni Association. The media sponsor of the Culture & Cocktails series is The Republican.

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Museums to Host Annual Holiday Gala

November 22, 2013

The Springfield Museums will celebrate their annual Holiday Gala on Thursday, December 5, 2013. The Gala provides a wonderful opportunity to both individuals and corporate donors to help underwrite the many innovative exhibits and educational programs offered by the Springfield Museums. The event is sold out, with over 400 tickets purchased.

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Support Springfield Museums on Valley Gives Day on December 12, 2013

November 12, 2013

Give the gift of Inspiration! Help children and adults get inspired by art, history and science at Springfield Museums. Your gift of any amount on December 12 helps us bring visitors to the furthest reaches of the universe and their imagination.

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Massachusetts Cultural Council approves new cultural district in Springfield as suggested names are narrowed

November 9, 2013

From MASSLIVE - The Massachusetts Cultural Council on Friday approved the city’s request to create a cultural district in the heart of Springfield, geared to promote local attractions and expand opportunities.

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Teacher Workshop features Holocaust Liberators

November 7, 2013

On Tuesday, November 19, the Springfield Museums will host a teacher workshop titled Bearing Witness: An Evening with Springfield’s Holocaust Liberators from 4-6 pm at the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History. The workshop is sponsored by United Bank, Hampden Bank, and the Adolph Katten Family Foundation.

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Museums Host Japanese Consulate Ceremony

November 6, 2013

On Friday, November 8, the Springfield Museums will host a delegation from the Japanese Consulate that will award local resident Sue Root the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays from the Japanese government.

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Museums to Display Rare Antique Toys and Holiday Photographs

November 5, 2013

Next week, the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts will unveil two exhibits to help usher in the holiday season. A Peek Inside Santa’s Sack: Vintage Cast Iron Toys and Season’s Greetings: Photographer’s Holiday Cards both open on November 12, 2013 and run through January 5, 2014. MassMutual is the 2013 Premier Sponsor of the Springfield Museums.

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Museums Offer Free Admission to Veterans, Programs for Families on 11/11

October 28, 2013

In honor of Veteran’s Day, the Springfield Museums is offering free admission to current or retired members of the military on Monday, November 11. Although the Museums campus is normally closed on Mondays, all four museums and the Dr. Seuss Sculpture Garden will be open for families and visitors to enjoy on the holiday.

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Springfield Museums announce Lectures/Tours for November

October 23, 2013

The Springfield Museums’ monthly tour and lecture schedule continues in November with the popular Thursday Museums à la Carte lectures, held weekly at 12:15 p.m. in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. Admission is $4 ($2 for members of the Springfield Museums); visitors are invited to bring lunch (cookies and coffee are provided). The programs are sponsored by Big Y World Class Market. For more information about Museums à la Carte, call 413.263.6800, ext. 488.

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Museums Offer Night of "Martinis, Jazz, Roaring 20's"

October 22, 2013

The Springfield Museums’ Culture & Cocktails series continues with a special evening of “Martinis, Jazz, and the Roaring 20’s” on Thursday, November 7 from 5-8 pm at the Wood Museum of Springfield History.

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Talk on Comet ISON featured at Museums' Stars Program

October 21, 2013

The Springfield Science Museum’s large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky gazing on Friday, November 1 at 7:30 pm as part of the Stars Over Springfield observatory series. The program takes place on the first Friday of each month from September through May, and features an introductory talk on topics such as space exploration, seasonal sights of the night sky, current astronomical research, or upcoming events like eclipses or comet appearances.

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Museum Lecture Explores "Erotic Appetites"

October 18, 2013

On Sunday, November 3, 2013, the Springfield Museums will host a lecture by John Varriano titled Erotic Appetites: Food, Art, and Sex in the Italian Renaissance. The talk will take place at 2 pm in the Davis Auditorium of the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, and is free with museum admission.

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Museums Announce Call for Artists, Offer No-Cost Materials This Saturday

October 15, 2013

The Springfield Museums is now accepting design plans from artists, fashion or costume designers, students and community members for a fantastical large-scale exhibition titled Steampunk Springfield: Re-Imagining an Industrial City.

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Gingerbread House Designs Wanted!

October 11, 2013

The Springfield Museums are inviting bakeries, schools, individual bakers and young people to submit design plans to create gingerbread houses that will be on view at the Springfield Science Museum as part of the holiday exhibit The Magic of Gingerbread. The exhibit is sponsored by Yankee Candle. MassMutual is the 2013 Premier Sponsor of the Springfield Museums.

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Museums to Host Family Fiesta

September 25, 2013

The Springfield Museums will host their “Family Fiesta” on Sunday, October 6 from 11 am to 5 pm as part of their Hispanic Heritage Month observance, which is sponsored by Baystate Health. The event is part of the Museums’ Family Fun series, which is funded by the TD Charitable Foundation.

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October Stars Over Springfield

September 19, 2013

The Springfield Science Museum’s large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky gazing on Friday, October 4 at 7:30 pm as part of the Stars Over Springfield observatory series. The program takes place on the first Friday of each month from September through May, and features an introductory talk on topics such as space exploration, seasonal sights of the night sky, current astronomical research, or upcoming events like eclipses or comet appearances.

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Museums Announce October Lectures and Tours

September 19, 2013

The Springfield Museums’ monthly tour and lecture schedule continues in October with the popular Thursday Museums à la Carte lectures, held weekly at 12:15 pm in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. Admission is $4 ($2 for members of the Springfield Museums); visitors are invited to bring lunch (cookies and coffee are provided). The programs are sponsored by Big Y World Class Market. For more information about Museums à la Carte, call 413.263.6800, ext. 488. This month’s lectures include:

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Culture & Cocktails Series Returns to Museums

September 16, 2013

The Springfield Museums will kick off its fourth season of Culture & Cocktails events with Oktoberfest: The Art of the Brew on Thursday, October 3, 2013 from 5–8 pm at the Merrie and Lyman Wood Museum of Springfield History. The event is free for members, and $10 for nonmembers, and is open to ages 21 and up. This month’s event is sponsored by FieldEddy Insurance. The media sponsor for the Culture & Cocktails series is The Republican/Masslive.

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Museums Announce Grant from TD Charitable Foundation

September 13, 2013

The Springfield Museums have received a $10,000 grant from the TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, to present their Family Fun Series. The series has been developed to reinforce the Springfield Museums’ mission to “inspire exploration of our connections to art, history and science through outstanding collections, exhibitions and programs.”

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Museums Announce Fall Courses

September 13, 2013

The Museum School at the Springfield Museums offers courses and experiential learning opportunities for both children and adults on an ongoing basis. Registration is now underway for fall courses and trips – for complete course descriptions, travel itineraries, fees and to register, visit springfieldmuseums.org or call 413.263.6800, ext. 377 or 382.

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Museum Day Live! Returns to Springfield

September 10, 2013

The Springfield Museums will once again participate in the Smithsonian Museum magazine’s Museum Day Live! program on Saturday, September 28, 2013. Museum Day Live! is an annual event in which participating museums across the country allow free admission to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. Each ticket allows free admission for two people.

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Wood Museum Traces Jewish Community’s Rise “From Shtetl to Suburb”

August 29, 2013

The story of the Jewish community in the Pioneer Valley is detailed in a new exhibit at the Springfield Museums titled One Hundred Years of Jewish Life in the Valley: From Shtetl to Suburb. The exhibit is on view in the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History from September 17, 2013 to March 2, 2014. The exhibit is sponsored by Temple Beth El, with generous support from Jewish Endowment Foundation, Harold Grinspoon Foundation, Chez Josef, Dave’s Soda and Pet City, and Jewish Geriatric Services. The media partner for the exhibit is The Jewish Ledger. MassMutual is the 2013 Premier Sponsor of the Springfield Museums.

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Museums to Host Art Exhibit of Flora and Fauna from Puerto Rico

August 27, 2013

Next month, the Springfield Museums will play host to an exhibit of evocative watercolors by artist Josie Vargas. The exhibit, titled Fiesta: Flora and Fauna from Puerto Rico, will be on display at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts from September 10 through May 11, 2014. The exhibit is part of the Springfield Museums’ annual Hispanic Heritage Month events, which are sponsored this year by Baystate Health. MassMutual is the Springfield Museums Premier Sponsor for 2013.

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Museums Announce Fall Hours

August 26, 2013

The Springfield Museums will be open six days a week starting September 1.

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Springfield Museums, City Library to Host "LittleFest"

August 26, 2013

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle and the Springfield City Library will host “LittleFest,” an event to promote a love of reading in young children, on Saturday, September 14, from 10 am to 5 pm.

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Museums Announce Ubora and Ahadi Winners

August 23, 2013

The African Hall Subcommittee of the Springfield Museums will present the 22nd annual Ubora Award and the 5th annual Ahadi Youth Award at a ceremony on Saturday, September 21, at 6 pm, at the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts at the Quadrangle. Springfield residents Katie and Bob Glasgow have been selected to receive the Ubora Award, and Raekwon Wheeler will receive the Ahadi Youth Award.

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Museums to Host 10th Anniversary Car Show

August 19, 2013

Each fall, the Springfield Museums pay tribute to Springfield’s role in transportation history with their annual History on the Move car show. This fall’s event will take place on Saturday, September 7, from 9 am to 3 pm on the museum grounds at the Quadrangle. Pre-1980 cars, including vintage automobiles manufactured in Springfield, will be exhibited. Among the vehicles on display will be a 1922 Hupmobile Touring car, a 1942 US Air Force Jeep, a 1954 Kaiser Darrin, and many other makes and models.

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Stars Over Springfield Returns

August 15, 2013

The Springfield Science Museum’s large rooftop telescope will be open once again for public sky-gazing on Friday, September 6 at 7:30 pm as part of the Stars Over Springfield observatory series.

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Museum Tours and Lectures for September

August 15, 2013

The Springfield Museums’ monthly tours and lecture schedule kicks off in September with the return of the popular Thursday Museums à la Carte lectures, held weekly at 12:15 pm in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. Admission is $4 ($2 for members of the Springfield Museums); visitors are invited to bring lunch (cookies and coffee are provided). The programs are sponsored by Big Y World Class Market.

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Museums to Host Sentinels and Nomads

August 8, 2013

Later this month, the Springfield Museums will unveil a new installation of whimsical sculptures created by New York –based artist Don Porcaro. The exhibit, titled Sentinels and Nomads: Imaginative Sculpture by Don Porcaro, will be on display in the Community Gallery of the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts from August 27, 2013 through June 1, 2014. MassMutual is the Springfield Museums 2013 Premier Sponsor.

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Free Fun Friday at Springfield Museums

August 2, 2013

There will be no charge to visit the Springfield Museums on Friday, August 16. The free admission is made possible by a grant from the Highland Street Foundation in Newton, MA. The “Free Fun Fridays” program was launched five years ago with 10 museums participating and has grown to include over 60 institutions across the commonwealth this year.

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Summer Spectacular Wraps up August 16

July 29, 2013

The Springfield Museums’ “Summer Spectacular” series of activities and family-friendly performances wraps up for the summer during the week of August 12. The six-week series includes live performances, animal demonstrations, and educational activities designed to appeal to a wide range of ages. All programs and performances are free with admission unless otherwise noted. On Friday, August 16, general admission to the Museums is free to the general public, as part of the statewide “Free Fun Friday” series sponsored by Highland Street Foundation. The 2013 premier sponsor is MassMutual.

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Museums’ “Summer Spectacular” Family Programs Continue

July 22, 2013

The Springfield Museums’ “Summer Spectacular” series of activities and family-friendly performances continues during the week of August 5. The six-week series includes live performances, animal demonstrations, and educational activities designed to appeal to a wide range of ages. All programs and performances are free with admission unless otherwise noted. The 2013 premier sponsor is MassMutual.

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Artists begin work on Art Picnic tables to be unveiled at upcoming Community Picnic

July 19, 2013

Art Picnic, a two-week community art project designed to beautify Springfield and give local art students the chance to collaborate with established artists, kicks off on July 29 on the Springfield Museums campus and downtown on Main Street. Visitors can watch local artists and student interns transform ordinary picnic tables into unique works of art. The project is funded through the Art & Soles Fund of the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts and supported by the Springfield Business Improvement District.

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Museums’ “Summer Spectacular” Family Programs Continue

July 15, 2013

The Springfield Museums’ “Summer Spectacular” series of activities and family-friendly performances continues during the week of July 29. The six-week series includes live performances, animal demonstrations, and educational activities designed to appeal to a wide range of ages. All programs and performances are free with admission unless otherwise noted. The 2013 premier sponsor is MassMutual.

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Wood Museum Selected as "Best" by Yankee Magazine

July 10, 2013

The Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History was recently recognized as a 2013 Editor’s Choice winner in Yankee Magazine’s Travel Guide to New England for having the best car and motorcycle collection. This designation is awarded by Yankee’s editors and contributors who choose selected attractions, restaurants, and lodgings in New England to the exclusive list.

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Museums’ “Summer Spectacular” Family Programs Continue

July 3, 2013

The Springfield Museums’ “Summer Spectacular” series of activities and family-friendly performances continues during the week of July 22. The six-week series includes live performances, animal demonstrations, and educational activities designed to appeal to a wide range of ages. All programs and performances are free with admission unless otherwise noted. The 2013 premier sponsor is MassMutual.

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Indian Motocycle Day Returns!

July 2, 2013

The Springfield Museums will present their fourth annual Indian Day, a revival of a long-standing celebration and rally of the classic motorcycles that were manufactured in the city from 1901 to 1953. Indian Day will take place on Sunday, July 21, from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. on the grounds of the Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle. The event is sponsored by T.P. Sampson Company. MassMutual is the 2013 Premier Sponsor of the Springfield Museums.

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Museums Kick Off "Spectacular" Summer

June 26, 2013

The Springfield Museums have announced their annual “Summer Spectacular” series of activities and family-friendly performances taking place from July 8 through August 16, 2013. Families visiting the Quadrangle can look forward to a full slate of live performances, animal demonstrations, and educational activities designed to appeal to a wide range of ages. All programs and performances are free with admission unless otherwise noted. The 2013 premier sponsor is MassMutual.

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From Victoria News: Lost for decades, original Cat in the Hat returned to children's hospital in Saanich

June 14, 2013

More than 50 years ago, the Cat in the Hat arrived at the doorstep at the Queen Alexandria Solarium in Saanich, a 1957 first edition signed by Dr. Seuss himself...

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Summer Hours

June 13, 2013

The Springfield Museums will be open seven days a week starting June 24, with extended hours on Thursdays.

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Museums to Show Off their "Wild" Side

June 6, 2013

The black leather jacket is cultural shorthand for “cool.” Everyone from rebel outsiders to fashion insiders have made their mark by slipping on this second skin. Some of the more famous and outlandish leather jackets have been gathered together into the new exhibit, Worn to Be Wild: The Black Leather Jacket, on display at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts from June 22 – September 22. Media sponsors are Kix 100.9 FM and the Valley Advocate. MassMutual is the 2013 Premier Sponsor of the Springfield Museums. To accommodate the demand to view the exhibit, the D’Amour Museum and the Blake House Café will remain open until 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays through the summer.

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Springfield Museums Seek Artists and Art Interns For Art Picnic Project

June 4, 2013

The Springfield Museums have received a $13,350 grant from the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts to present Art Picnic, a public arts project designed to beautify Springfield and give local art students the chance to collaborate with established artists. Picnic tables on the Quadrangle green will be transformed into unique works of art through a selective process that is scheduled to begin later this month. By funding this program, the Community Foundation will further enhance the beauty of one of downtown Springfield’s landmarks while also providing much needed incentives to local artists and valuable experience to art students.

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5 Great Blog: Reasons to see “The Irish Legacy” exhibit at the Springfield Museums

May 31, 2013

An exciting new exhibit, The Irish Legacy: Immigration and Assimilation in the Connecticut Valley during the Industrial Revolution, will run June 11 through August 25 at the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History at the Springfield Museums. You don’t have to be from the Emerald Isle to appreciate this intriguing exhibit that will explore the struggle of Irish immigrants. Here are 5 Great reasons to check it out…

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Irish Legacy Exhibit to Open at Springfield Museums

May 30, 2013

The story of the Irish in the Connecticut Valley is a rich and distinct tale of trial and triumph for one of the many immigrant groups of the area. A new exhibit at the Springfield Museums titled The Irish Legacy: Immigration and Assimilation in the Connecticut Valley during the Industrial Revolution explores the experience of the Irish community in the Connecticut Valley through various artifacts and images including books, musical instruments, religious objects, and photographs. The exhibit will be on view in the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History from June 11 to August 25, 2013. MassMutual is the 2013 Premier Sponsor of the Springfield Museums.

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Springfield Museums Receive National Recognition

May 14, 2013

On Tuesday, May 14 at 11 AM, the Springfield Museums hosted a public announcement of their accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition for a museum or museum consortium. The event took place in the Blake Court of the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. Attendees included Mayor Domenic Sarno, Congressman Richard Neal and other elected officials, as well as members of the Museums board and staff, volunteers, and donors.

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MassLive: Springfield Museums wins national accreditation from American Alliance of Museums

May 14, 2013

SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Museums consortium joined the ranks of the most prestigious in the country by recently earning national accreditation through the American Alliance of Museums, officials announced on Tuesday.

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Amazing Butterflies Set to Land at Museums

May 10, 2013

Every spring, butterflies migrate to New England from their winter homes in Mexico and points south. This spring and summer, the Springfield Science Museum will be the gathering point for more butterflies (and butterfly fans) than usual, thanks to the upcoming special exhibit titled Amazing Butterflies and a live walk-through enclosure titled “The Butterfly House.” Both will be open May 25 through September 2, 2013. MassMutual is the Springfield Museums 2013 Premier Sponsor.

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New Japanese and American Print Exhibits at the Springfield Museums

May 6, 2013

Two exhibitions featuring Japanese woodblock prints are now on display at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. Prints for the People: Japanese Ukiyo-e and Currier & Ives features Japanese and American prints from the 19th century, while Skin Deep: Tattooed Warriors and Fantastic Beasts includes images that have inspired tattoo artists for over 150 years. All of the images in the new exhibits are from the D’Amour Museum’s acclaimed print collections, and both feature works that in some cases have not been on display in recent years.

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Margarita Madness Hits Museums

April 17, 2013

The Springfield Museums will be in the grip of “Margarita Madness” at their next Culture & Cocktails event of the season. The event takes place on Thursday, May 2 from 5-8 pm at the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History, and is sponsored by Merrill Lynch-Foundation Management Group.

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Springfield Museums Announce May Tours & Lectures

April 11, 2013

The Springfield Museums’ monthly tours and lecture schedule kicks off in May with the popular Thursday Museums à la Carte lectures, held weekly at 12:15 pm in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Legendary Photographer to Speak at Museums

April 4, 2013

On Sunday, April 21, the Springfield Museums will present a lecture by legendary photographer Bill Eppridge titled 1964: Beatlemania and America’s Changing Times. The lecture will take place at 2 pm in the Davis Auditorium of the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, the same building that is hosting the current exhibit, The Beatles! Backstage and Behind the Scenes, which includes many images taken by Eppridge in the days and weeks following the band’s arrival in North America. The talk is free with Museum admission.

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Museums Host Puppet Celebration for April Vacation

March 26, 2013

The Springfield Museums have announced their slate of activities for the upcoming school vacation week, April 15-19, 2013. The week-long program, titled Puppets Around the World, will feature performances by some of the region’s finest puppet ensembles, along with live animal demonstrations, interactive displays, planetarium shows, and hands-on art opportunities. All activities are free with the price of museum admission unless noted otherwise.

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April Stars over Springfield at Museums

March 20, 2013

The Springfield Science Museum’s large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Stars Over Springfield observatory series.

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Lecture and Tour Schedule for April

March 18, 2013

Each month, The Springfield Museums offer visitors a variety of lectures and gallery tours. On Thursdays, the popular Museums à la Carte lectures are held at 12:15 p.m. in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. Admission is $4 ($2 for members of the Springfield Museums), and visitors are invited to bring lunch (cookies and coffee are provided). The programs are sponsored by Big Y World Class Market. For more information about Museums à la Carte, call 413.263.6800, ext. 488. This month’s lectures include:

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Springfield Museums Celebrate Spring’s Arrival with “Festival of Flowers”

March 15, 2013

See the Springfield Museums in bloom! Visitors are invited to celebrate the coming of spring during the Festival of Flowers, April 4-7, 2013. Over 40 objects from the art, history and science collections will be interpreted by local florists, designers, and garden club members.

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Museums to Host Valley Guitar Showcase

February 22, 2013

On Sunday, March 10 at 1 pm, the Springfield Museums will present a special afternoon of music titled “The Valley Guitar Showcase.” The event, which is being presented in cooperation with JAM 4 Springfield, is part of a series of programs related to the Museums’ current exhibit, GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World. The March 10 event will take place in the Davis Auditorium of the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, and is sponsored by Catuogno Court Reporting and StenTel Transcription, Western New England University, The New England Farm Workers Council, Flores Development, and Mercy Medical Center. The event is free with Museum admission.

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The Beatles! Exhibit Set to Open at Museums

February 21, 2013

A new exhibition at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts will transport museum-goers back to a pivotal moment in American cultural history. The Beatles! Backstage and Behind the Scenes will be on view from March 12-June 2, 2013, and is sponsored by FieldEddy Insurance and Raymond James and Associates. The media sponsors are The Republican and WDRC 102.9 FM.

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Rock Out at Culture & Cocktails

February 19, 2013

The Springfield Museums invites you to dust off your air guitar and join them for their next Culture & Cocktails event of the season. The event takes place on Thursday, March 7 from 5-8 pm at the Springfield Science Museum, and is sponsored by Six-Point Creative Works.

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Springfield Museums Announce Lecture and Tour Schedule for March

February 15, 2013

Each month, The Springfield Museums offer visitors a variety of lectures and gallery tours. On Thursdays, the popular Museums à la Carte lectures are held at 12:15 pm in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. Admission is $4 ($2 for members of the Springfield Museums), and visitors are invited to bring lunch to enjoy during the program. Cookies and coffee are provided; the programs are sponsored by Big Y World Class Market. This month’s lectures include:

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Monthly Astronomy Program at Museums

February 14, 2013

The Springfield Science Museum’s large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, March 1 at 7:30 pm. The program will be held rain or shine. If it is cloudy, a planetarium show will be presented in place of telescope viewing.

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Rep. Ben Swan honored in museum lecture

February 14, 2013

From WWLP-TV22: State Representative Benjamin Swan's career and accomplishments were highlighted during a black History month celebration on Thursday.

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Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s 109th Birthday at the Springfield Museums!

February 13, 2013

On Saturday, March 2, the Springfield Museums will host their annual Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration from 10 am-4 pm. Theodor Seuss Geisel was born in Springfield on March 2, 1904. The celebration is part of the Museums’ Weekend Family Fun series, which is sponsored by TD Bank through the TD Charitable Foundation. Activities are free with museum admission unless otherwise noted.

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Nominees Being Sought for Annual Ubora and Ahadi Awards

February 12, 2013

The African Hall Subcommittee of the Springfield Museums is seeking nominations for the 5th annual Ahadi Youth Award and 22nd annual Ubora Award. The African Hall Subcommittee is a volunteer group comprised of educators, business people and community leaders from the African-American community. The nomination deadline for both awards is March 31, 2013.

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Museum School Courses Rescheduled

February 7, 2013

Three Museum School courses originally scheduled for Saturday, February 9, will now be held Saturday, February 16.

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Call for Entries: Festival of Flowers

February 5, 2013

The Springfield Museums are excited to announce the first annual Festival of Flowers weekend, April 4-7, 2013! The spring celebration will pair the talents of florists, designers and garden club members with objects in the art, history and science collections.

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Museums Invite Families to “Feel The Beat!” During February Vacation

January 30, 2013

The Springfield Museums have announced their slate of activities for the upcoming school vacation week, February 18-23. The week-long program, titled Feel The Beat!, is tied thematically to the Museums’ current GUITAR exhibition, and will feature a range of musical activities as well as concerts by top-tier children’s performers, including “Mister Steve” from PBS KIDS. As always, the week’s events will also include educational demonstrations, planetarium shows, and hands-on art opportunities as well. Activities are free with the price of museum admission unless noted otherwise.

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Museums to Present Lecture on Les Paul in Conjunction with GUITAR Exhibit

January 29, 2013

On Sunday, February 10, The Springfield Museums will present a lecture titled Les Paul's New Sound: Re-imagining the Electric Guitar in 1950s America by Steve Waksman, author and associate professor of music and American studies at Smith College. The lecture which will take place at 1:30 p.m. in the Davis Auditorium of the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, in conjunction with the Museums’ current exhibit, GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World. The talk is free with Museum admission.

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Museum Store to Hold Valentine’s Shopping Night on February 5

January 24, 2013

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, The Museum Store at the Springfield Museums will hold a special Valentine’s Shopping Night on Tuesday, February 5 from 5–8 pm. For that evening only, Museum members will be able to take 20% off one item, with nonmembers allowed one item at 10% off. Shoppers can enjoy complimentary wine and cheese, and gift wrapping is always provided at no charge.

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Springfield Museums’ February Lectures Touch on History and Ocean Science

January 23, 2013

The Springfield Museums will present the following Museums à la Carte lecture programs in February. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 pm in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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An Evening of Wine and Chocolate at Museums’ Next Culture & Cocktails Event

January 22, 2013

On Thursday, February 7 from 5-8 pm, The Springfield Museums will present their next Culture & Cocktails event of the season, Indulgence: An Evening of Wine of Chocolate. The event will take place at the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, and is sponsored by Health New England.

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Museums à la Carte Lecture Focuses on New GUITAR Exhibit

January 21, 2013

On Thursday, January 24 at 12:15 p.m., the Springfield Museums will present a lecture on the evolution of the guitar by HP Newquist, Executive Director of the National Guitar Museum and creator of the new exhibit, GUITAR: The Instrument that Rocked the World. This talk, which will take place in the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, replaces the lecture originally scheduled for January 24 on American abstract art.

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Reader Raves: Springfield Museums offer Best Rainy Day Family Destination, Best Museum and Best Gift Shop

January 20, 2013

The Springfield Museums may be located on the Quadrangle, but they recently hit the trifecta in the Readers Raves poll. The museums were selected by readers of The Republican and MassLive.com in three categories for the 2013 Reader Raves: Best Museum, Best Gift Shop and Best Rainy Day Place for the Family.

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Blake House Café Now Open for Lunch, Snacks at Springfield Museums

January 17, 2013

The Blake House Café, a new restaurant serving light fare, is now open at the Springfield Museums. The Café, which is located in the historic Elijah Blake House, is operated by the owners of the popular Benson’s Bagels eatery on Sumner Avenue in Springfield.

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5 Great reasons to see “GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World

January 15, 2013

From MASSLIVE: The new “GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World” exhibit opens this Friday, January 18 and runs through April 21 at the Springfield Museums. It’s a terrific exhibit packed with artifacts, performance videos, audio, hands-on interactive, photos, touch screens and…yeah…GUITARS! You can design your own guitar, choosing the shape, color, designs and textures, you can have fun with the Air Guitar Stage, which comes with props, and basically see how this one special instrument launched rock and roll, and pop culture in general. Here are 5 Great reasons to go:

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“GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World” Prepares to Rock Springfield

January 4, 2013

GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked the World, an exhibit celebrating what is arguably the single most enduring icon in American history, will be on view January 18 through April 21 at the Springfield Museums. GUITAR is sponsored by United Bank, with additional support from Cooley Shrair P.C., Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, and Falcetti Music. Media sponsors of GUITAR are WGBY and WRSI.

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The John F. Kennedy Experience Recalls ‘Camelot’ 50 Years Later

January 2, 2013

The John F. Kennedy Experience: An Exhibit by Frank J. Andruss Sr., is an exhibition of rarely seen photos and memorabilia covering various periods in the lives of John and Jacqueline Kennedy. The exhibit is now open at the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History.

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January Lectures Include Journeys into Polynesia and Abstract Art

December 27, 2012

The Springfield Museums will present the following Museums à la Carte lecture programs in January. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 pm in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Springfield Museums Host “Trivia Night” for Next Culture & Cocktails Event

December 19, 2012

The Springfield Museums will host their next Culture & Cocktails event of the season on Thursday, January 3 from 5-8 pm at the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History.

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January “Stars Over Springfield” Program at the Science Museum

December 18, 2012

The Springfield Science Museum’s large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, January 4, at 7:30 pm. The program will be held rain or shine. If it is cloudy, a planetarium show will be presented in place of telescope viewing.

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Springfield Museums’ December Lectures To Feature Palmer and Chicopee History

December 5, 2012

The Springfield Museums will present the following Museums à la Carte lecture programs in December. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 pm in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Museum Lovers Unite!

December 4, 2012

The Springfield Museums are proud to participate in the Valley Gives program this Wednesday, December 12. On that day, local residents can show their support for their favorite non-profits by making donations via a single online giving platform.

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Recent Deaccessioning from the D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts

December 3, 2012

Over the last ten years, the staff of the Springfield Museums has carried out a thorough review of its permanent collections held at the Michele and Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts and the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum. One of the outcomes of this review has been the award of a planning grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study the gallery installations at the GWV Smith Art Museum with the goal of making the collection more relevant and meaningful to the community we serve.

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Art Experts Attend Summit at Springfield Museums

November 30, 2012

Earlier this month, the Springfield Museums hosted a panel of distinguished art scholars who gathered with staff to discuss the reinterpretation of the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum. The group, which included experts from the art world, museums and academia, met as part of an ongoing evaluation of the GWV Smith museum's collections, its exhibits, and its mission. The conference was funded by a planning grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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December “Stars Over Springfield” Program at the Science Museum

November 30, 2012

The Springfield Science Museum’s large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, December 7, at 7:30 pm. The program will be held rain or shine. If it is cloudy, a planetarium show will be presented in place of telescope viewing.

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Springfield Museums Celebrate the Holidays with a Night of “Champagne and Mistletoe”

November 27, 2012

The Springfield Museums will host their third Culture & Cocktails event of the season on Thursday, December 13 from 5-8 pm at the Springfield Science Museum. The event, titled “Champagne and Mistletoe,” is sponsored by The Valley Advocate.

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Springfield Museums Statement on Gas Explosion

November 26, 2012

The Springfield Museums reported no damage from Friday's gas explosion, which occurred only a few blocks from their location on Edwards Street.

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Celebrate the Season with Holiday Fun at the Springfield Museums

November 8, 2012

The Springfield Museums will kick off the holiday season with an afternoon of family fun and an early evening Lighting of the Quadrangle celebration on Friday, Nov. 23.

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Springfield Museums to Offer Docent Lecture on Colonial America’s “New” Elite

November 7, 2012

On November 18th at 2 pm, docent Betty Romer will discuss “Faces of the American Elite” during a mini-tour of the Michele & Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Modern Dialect Exhibit brings early 20th Century American Paintings to Springfield

November 6, 2012

Modern Dialect: American Paintings from the John and Susan Horseman Collection will be on view in the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts from November 20, 2012-February 24, 2013. The exhibition illustrates American Modernism from the 1920s to the beginning of World War II, a period marked by significant change and compounded by the onset of the Great Depression in the 1930s. The more than sixty major American Scene paintings in the exhibition illustrate the changes the nation underwent through the eyes of American artists who were often poor and out of work.

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Museums to Offer “Trash to Treasure” Preview for Teachers

November 1, 2012

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will host a free Teacher Preview of their new “Trash to Treasure” school program on November 15, 2012 from 4-6 pm at the Michele & Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts. Refreshments will be served

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Springfield Museums Courses and Workshops Cancelled Monday

October 29, 2012

All Museum School and teacher workshops scheduled for Monday, October 29 have been cancelled due to weather.

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Stars Over Springfield at the Science Museum Marks Special Anniversary

October 23, 2012

The Springfield Science Museum will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m. The program will be held rain or shine. If it is cloudy, a planetarium show will be presented in place of telescope viewing.

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"Spooktacular" Halloween Fun at the Springfield Museums

October 12, 2012

The Springfield Museums will host “Halloween Spooktacular” on Saturday, October 27, from 10 am to 4 pm. Most activities are free with museum admission.

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Museums Seeking Entries in Gingerbread House Competition

October 11, 2012

The Springfield Museums are inviting bakeries, schools, individual bakers and young people to submit design plans to create gingerbread houses that will be on view at the Springfield Science Museum as part of the holiday exhibit “Gingerbread Fairy Tales.”

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Museums Offer Teacher Workshop Series on the Holocaust

October 9, 2012

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will host the workshop series “Teaching the Holocaust” beginning on the Monday, October 22, from 4-6 pm at the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History.

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Springfield Museums and WGBY to Host “Family Fiesta Day”

September 28, 2012

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle and WGBY Public Television for Western New England’s Latino Advisory Board will host “Family Fiesta Day,” an event celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, on Saturday, October 13, from 10 am to 4 pm.

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October Museums à la Carte Programs

September 25, 2012

The Springfield Museums will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in October. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 pm in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Stars Over Springfield at the Science Museum

September 25, 2012

The Springfield Science Museum’s large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, October 5, at 7:30 pm. The program will be held rain or shine. If it is cloudy, a planetarium show will be presented in place of telescope viewing.

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Springfield Museums Launch Lively New Culture & Cocktails Series

September 24, 2012

The Springfield Museums will begin its third season of Culture & Cocktails events with Oktoberfest: The Art of the Brew on Thursday, October 4 from 5-8 pm at the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History. The evening is sponsored by FieldEddy Insurance.

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Springfield Museums to Host Native American Harvest Festival

September 21, 2012

The Springfield Museums will host a Native American Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 6, from 10 am. to 4 pm on the Quadrangle Green. Outdoor admission and activities are free.

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Museums Offer Free Open House for Teachers

August 29, 2012

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will host a free open house for teachers on Thursday, October 18, from 4-6 pm. Wine and cheese will be served.

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Springfield Museums Host Vintage Car Show

August 28, 2012

The Springfield Museums will pay tribute to Springfield’s role in transportation history with the History on the Move car show on Saturday, September 22, from 10 am to 3 pm, on the museum grounds at the Quadrangle. Pre-1980 cars, including vintage automobiles manufactured in Springfield, will be exhibited.

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5K Walk/Run to Benefit the Springfield Museums

August 27, 2012

The Springfield Museums will be the beneficiary of a Run/Walk sponsored by Smith & Wesson Corp. on Sunday, September 23.

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Museum School to Hold Open House

August 23, 2012

The Museum School at the Springfield Museums will host an open house on Sunday, September 9, from 1 to 4 pm. The event will be held in the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum and is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

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Current & Coming Exhibits

August 23, 2012

On view in the museum galleries, 2012-2015.

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Art Exhibition Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

August 22, 2012

The exhibition Sisterhood: Mixed Media Paintings by Rosa Ibarra will be on view at the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts from September 15 through October 14.

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Springfield Museums and City Library to Host “LittleFest”

August 22, 2012

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle and the Springfield City Library will host “LittleFest,” an event to promote a love of reading in young children, on Saturday, September 15, from 10 am to 4 pm.

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September Museums à la Carte Programs

August 20, 2012

The Springfield Museums will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in September. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 pm in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Stars Over Springfield at the Science Museum

August 20, 2012

The Springfield Science Museum’s large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, September 7, at 7:30 pm. The program will be held rain or shine. If it is cloudy, a planetarium show will be presented in place of telescope viewing.

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Springfield Museums Announce Fall Hours and Planetarium Schedule

August 17, 2012

The Springfield Museums will resume fall hours on September 1. Hours at all four museums are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am-5 pm, and Sunday, 11 am-5 pm.

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Ubora Award and Ahadi Youth Award Recipients to be Honored

August 14, 2012

The African Hall Subcommittee of the Springfield Museums will present the 21st annual Ubora Award and the 4th annual Ahadi Youth Award at a ceremony on Saturday, September 15, at 6 pm., at the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts at the Quadrangle. City Councilor E. Henry Twiggs has been selected to receive the Ubora Award, and Miss Dana Adrianna Lawes will receive the Ahadi Youth Award.

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Springfield Museums' Sara Orr to retire after 30-year career promoting Quadrangle

August 13, 2012

A cultural icon at the Springfield Museums is retiring and, no, it is not a portrait or sculpture from one of the museums’ many collections but a face known to both visitors and media types who report on the Quadrangle.

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Springfield Museums Awarded Prestigious Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services

August 3, 2012

The Springfield Museums have been awarded a highly competitive Museums for America grant of $150,000 from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) toward the creation and installation of “The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss,” an interactive, literacy-based exhibit for children.

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Walking Tour to View the Oldest Buildings in Springfield

July 30, 2012

Bob McCarroll, a member of the Springfield Preservation Trust and Springfield Historical Commission, will lead a walking tour to view some of the oldest buildings in the city on Saturday, August 11, from 10:30 am-noon.

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Final Week of Summer Spectacular Programs

July 30, 2012

The Springfield Museums “Summer Spectacular” series of family fun will conclude the week of August 13-17 with a medieval minstrel show, Arabic dance and music, and a marionette performance of Peter and the Wolf in addition to special exhibitions and activities. Live performances will be offered on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 1 pm. Activities are free with the price of museum admission unless noted.

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Summer Spectacular Continues at the Springfield Museums - Week 5

July 23, 2012

The Springfield Museums “Summer Spectacular” series of family fun will continue the week of August 6-10 with a live animal show, a multi-cultural musical performance, and a puppet show in addition to special exhibitions and activities. Live performances will be offered on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 1 pm. Activities are free with the price of museum admission unless noted.

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Summer Spectacular Continues at the Springfield Museums - Week 4

July 16, 2012

The Springfield Museums “Summer Spectacular” series of family fun will continue the week of July 30-Aug. 3 with a fairy tale theater performance, a wacky music show, and a marionette performance in addition to special exhibitions and activities. Live performances will be offered on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 1 p.m. Activities are free with the price of museum admission unless noted.

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Museum Admission Free for Everyone on July 27!

July 12, 2012

There will be no charge to visit the Springfield Museums on Friday, July 27. The free admission is made possible by a grant from the Highland Street Foundation in Newton, Mass.

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Summer Spectacular Continues at the Springfield Museums

July 9, 2012

The Springfield Museums “Summer Spectacular” series of family fun will continue the week of July 23-27 with a science show, a performance of dancing and drumming, and a marionette fairy tale in addition to special exhibitions and activities. Live performances will be offered on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Activities are free with the price of museum admission unless noted.

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Summer Spectacular Continues at the Springfield Museums

June 29, 2012

The Springfield Museums “Summer Spectacular” series of family fun will continue the week of July 16-20 with a puppet circus, a musical performance, and a magic show in addition to special exhibitions and activities. Live performances will be offered on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Activities are free with the price of museum admission unless noted.

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Walking Tour to Visit Merriam-Webster Building

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.

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Springfield Museums Need Volunteers

June 26, 2012

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle are recruiting volunteer docents to conduct tours and programs for children and adults in the two Springfield Art Museums and in the Springfield Science Museum.

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Hail to the Chief: Power, Politics and Presidents Portrayed by Currier & Ives

June 25, 2012

Just in time for the Fourth of July and in anticipation of the November presidential election, the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts is presenting an exhibition that pays tribute to the American Presidency. Hail to the Chief: Power, Politics and Presidents Portrayed by Currier & Ives will be on view from June 26, 2012 through January 20, 2013.

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Indian Motocycle Day is Back!

June 22, 2012

The Springfield Museums will present their third annual Indian Day, a revival of the long-standing celebration and rally of the classic motorcycles that were manufactured in the city from 1901 to 1953.

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Have a Spectacular Summer at the Springfield Museums

June 18, 2012

Family fun is in store for visitors to the Springfield Museums from July 9 through August 17 during “Summer Spectacular,” six weeks of live performances, music, puppet shows, art activities, and hands-on science activities. Live performances will be offered on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Activities are free with the price of museum admission unless noted.

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Rare Antique Auto Now on View at Wood Museum of Springfield History

June 13, 2012

The oldest surviving Stevens-Duryea automobile is now on view in the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History. The 1903 vehicle is on loan from a private collector.

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Walking Tour

June 5, 2012

Sue Heller, a planner with a strong interest in urban design, will lead a downtown walking tour on Saturday, June 9, from 10:30 am-noon. She will highlight some of the modern buildings in the State Street area, some of which have a quirky appeal.

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Tiffany Windows and Lamps on View at D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts

May 30, 2012

Tiffany stained glass lamps and church windows will be displayed in two colorful exhibitions opening June 12 at the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts at the Quadrangle.

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LEGO® Castle Adventure Comes to Springfield

May 25, 2012

Children are invited to enter the royal world of kings and queens in the special exhibit LEGO® Castle Adventure, on view at the Springfield Science Museum from June 9 through September 9.

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Summer Kickoff Party at the Springfield Museums

May 23, 2012

Celebrate the start of the summer season at Springfield Museums’ Culture & Cocktails event on Thursday, June 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. on the Quadrangle grounds. If it rains, the event will be held in the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History.

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Springfield Museums Announce Summer Admission Rates

May 23, 2012

The Springfield Museum have announced new admission prices for June 1 through August 31.

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Springfield Museums Add an Extra Day for the Summer

May 23, 2012

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will be open seven days a week from June 18 through August 31.

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Springfield Museums Seek Director of Development

May 23, 2012

The selected candidate must be dynamic and entrepreneurial in order to lead the Springfield Museums in achieving institutional advancement goals.

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Springfield Museums to Participate in Blue Star Museums Program

May 22, 2012

The Springfield Museums will be one of more than 1,500 museums across America to participate in the Blue Star Museums program, which provides free admission to active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day, 2012. The Blue Star Museums program is a collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Department of Defense.

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June Museums à la Carte Programs

May 22, 2012

The Springfield Museums will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in June. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 pm in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Springfield Museums Receive Federal Grant

May 21, 2012

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle have received a planning grant of $40,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to develop an interpretative plan for the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum.

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Museum Exhibit Marks Tornado Anniversary

May 15, 2012

Storm Stories: Path of Fury, a multi-media exhibition that looks back at the June 1, 2011 tornado, will be on view from June 1 through October 28 at the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History at the Quadrangle in Springfield. Admission to the history museum will be free for everyone on June 1.

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Walking Tour to Visit Tornado-Damaged MacDuffie School Campus

May 1, 2012

Historian Bill Hosley, a preservationist and former curator at the Wadsworth Atheneum, will lead a walking tour up Maple Street to the Ames Hill campus of the former MacDuffie School on Saturday, May 12, from 10:30 am-noon.

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Love, American Style: The Art of Lisa Hoke

April 30, 2012

Lisa Hoke creates colorful art out of things that we all encounter every day: paper, cardboard, product packaging, paper plates, plastic cups, matchbook covers, printed advertising material, and all sorts of other discarded flotsam and jetsam from our consumer society. She has assembled an intriguing and vibrant collection of these materials in the installation Love, American Style, on view at the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts through May 26 of next year.

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May Museums à la Carte Programs

April 19, 2012

The Springfield Museums will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in May. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 pm in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Come to the “Aloha Hula” Party at the Springfield Museums

April 19, 2012

Wear your Hawaiian shirt and dance the hula at Springfield Museums’ Culture & Cocktails event on Thursday, May 3, from 5 to 8 pm in the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History.

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Science Museum Celebrates Earth Day

April 16, 2012

The Springfield Science Museum will celebrate Earth Day with the annual outdoor Earth Day Festival on the Quadrangle grounds on Sunday, April 22, followed by a Cleanup on Saturday, April 28. Activities are free with museum admission unless noted.

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Conscious Impressions: Green Printmaking from Zea Mays Printmaking Studio

April 16, 2012

An exhibition of prints by some of the finest printmakers in the region is on view at the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts through October 25 in the special exhibition Conscious Impressions: Green Printmaking from Zea Mays Printmaking Studio.

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Talk Describes Adventures of Early Female Motorcyclists

April 3, 2012

Author William Murphy will discuss his just-released book about women motorcycle riders in the early 20th century at the Museums a la Carte program at the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts on April 12 at 12:15 pm.

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Walking Tour Presents a Personal History of Downtown Springfield

April 2, 2012

The Second Saturday Walking Tour Series at the Springfield Museums will resume for the season on Saturday, April 14, from 10:30 am to noon, with a tour led by Arax Charkoudian.

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April Vacation Week Activities at the Springfield Museums

March 27, 2012

The Springfield Museums will celebrate April Vacation Week with “Feel the Beat,” a week of family-friendly musical performances, art activities, science demonstrations, and scavenger hunts. Activities will take place Monday through Friday from April 16 to 20 and are free with admission unless noted.

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April Museums à la Carte Programs

March 20, 2012

The Springfield Museums will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in April. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 pm in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Stars Over Springfield at the Science Museum

March 20, 2012

The Springfield Science Museum’s large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, April 6, at 7:30 pm. The program will be held rain or shine. If it is cloudy, a planetarium show will be presented in place of telescope viewing.

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Puppets Present Persian Prince Performance

March 20, 2012

The Springfield Museums’ Family Fun series will continue on Friday, April 6, with “An Arabian Adventure.” Activities will take place from 10 am to 4 pm and are free with museum admission unless noted.

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“It’s Not Easy Being Green” at the Springfield Museums

March 15, 2012

The Springfield Museums’ Culture & Cocktails series will continue with “It’s Not Easy Being Green” on Thursday, April 5, from 5 to 8 pm in the Springfield Science Museum.

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Museum to Host Jewish Film Festival Screening

March 9, 2012

The D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts will host a showing of The Forgotten Refugees on Sunday, March 25, at 2 pm. The movie is part of the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival.

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Know Thyself: The Van Gogh Self-Portraits - Decoding an Artist’s Life

March 9, 2012

Self-portraits by Vincent van Gogh will be the topic of the Museums à la Carte
program at the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts on Thursday, March 22 at 12:15 pm. The program will be presented by art historian and lecturer Charles B. Hayward, M.F.A.

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Springfield Museums Install Climate Control System to Preserve Historic Art Thanks to Cultural Facilities Fund Grant

March 6, 2012

MassDevelopment and the Massachusetts Cultural Council have provided a $250,000 Cultural Facilities Fund grant to the Springfield Library & Museums Association, which has a downtown campus of five art, science, and history museums in addition to the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden. The organization will use the grant to install climate modification systems and repair the roof and skylights of the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum.

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Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s 108th Birthday at the Springfield Museums

February 17, 2012

The Springfield Museums’ Weekend Family Fun series will continue on Saturday, March 3, from 10 am-4 pm with a Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Celebration. Theodor Seuss Geisel was born in Springfield on March 2, 1904.

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Enjoy a Celtic Night at the Springfield Museums

February 16, 2012

The Springfield Museums’ Culture & Cocktails series will continue with “Celtic Nights” on Thursday, March 1, from 5 to 8 pm in the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History.

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March Museums à la Carte Programs

February 14, 2012

The Springfield Museums will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in March. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 pm in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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See Moon Rocks and Lunar Soil at the Science Museum

February 14, 2012

The Springfield Science Museum and the Springfield Stars Club will celebrate the historic Apollo moon landings of four decades ago on Friday, March 2, at 7:30 pm.

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Wandering Folk Artists: Family Portraits in the Early 19th Century

February 7, 2012

In the digital age it is hard to believe that at one time images of family members were hard to obtain, expensive, and relatively rare. Before the advent of photography around 1850, the only way to capture a likeness was to hire an artist to paint a portrait. A selection of these paintings by artists James Sanford Ellsworth and Joseph Whiting Stock are on view at the Wood Museum of Springfield History through May 6 in the exhibition Wandering Folk Artists: Family Portraits in the Early 19th Century.

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Exhibit Presents “The Real Housewives of Currier & Ives”

February 7, 2012

Hand-colored Currier & Ives lithographs that illustrate the changing role of women in the 19th century are on view through June 25 at the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts in the exhibition The Real Housewives of Currier & Ives.

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Spend February Vacation with Creepy Crawly Critters

February 2, 2012

The Springfield Museums have planned a week of family fun during February school vacation. “Creepy Crawly Critters” activities will be offered Monday, Feb. 20 through Friday, Feb. 24, from 10 am-5 pm and are free with museum admission unless noted.

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Nominees Being Sought for Annual Ahadi and Ubora Awards

February 2, 2012

The African Hall Subcommittee of the Springfield Museums is seeking nominations for the 3nd annual Ahadi Youth Award and 21st annual Ubora Award. Nominations for both awards must be received by March 31, 2012.

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Indulge Yourself at Culture & Cocktails

January 20, 2012

The Springfield Museums’ Culture & Cocktails series will continue with “Indulgence: An Evening of Wine & Chocolate” on Thursday, February 2, from 5 to 8 pm in the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Stars Over Springfield at the Science Museum

January 19, 2012

The Springfield Science Museum’s large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, February 3, at 7:30 pm. Attendees will have the opportunity to view the Orion Nebula. The program will be held rain or shine. If it is cloudy, a planetarium show will be presented in place of telescope viewing.

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February Museums à la Carte Programs

January 19, 2012

The Springfield Museums will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in February. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 pm in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Museum School Art Faculty to Exhibit Work

January 4, 2012

Art work by 14 professional artists from the area who teach at the Museum School will be on view from January 17 to April 8 at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts in the special exhibition Teaching Artists.

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Live Frog Exhibit Opens with Family Activities

January 4, 2012

A day of family activities will mark the opening of the special “exh-ribit” Frogs: A Chorus of Colors at the Springfield Science Museum on Saturday, January 21.

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Museum Offers Free Exhibit Preview for Teachers

January 2, 2012

The Springfield Science Museum is offering a free preview for teachers to see the live animal exhibit Frogs: A Chorus of Colors on Wednesday, Jan. 25, from 4-6 pm.

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Exh-ribit of Live Frogs Coming to the Science Museum

January 2, 2012

If you’ve never thought of frogs as beautiful, the special exhibit Frogs: A Chorus of Colors will change your mind. Frogs will be on view at the Springfield Science Museum from January 21 through May 13.

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It’s All Fun and Games at Culture & Cocktails

December 20, 2011

The Springfield Museums’ Culture & Cocktails series will continue with “It’s All Fun and Games” on Thursday, January 5, from 5 to 8 pm in the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History.

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Stars Over Springfield at the Science Museum

December 19, 2011

The Springfield Science Museum’s large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, January 6, at 7:30 pm. The program will be held rain or shine. If it is cloudy, a planetarium show will be presented in place of telescope viewing.

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January Museums à la Carte Programs

December 19, 2011

The Springfield Museums will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in January. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 pm in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Have Passport, Will Travel

December 14, 2011

Ooo la la! There is a spectacular new exhibition of French painting at the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts and to give the event some true Gallic flavor, the Museums are offering free admission to anyone with a current French passport.

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Museum School Offers Winter Courses for Children and Adults

December 8, 2011

Registration for winter Museum School courses for children and adults and travel opportunities for adults at the Springfield Museums is underway.

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Museum’s Dinosaur Leads Campaign for Donations of Knitwear

December 8, 2011

The Springfield Science Museum’s life-size replica of Tyrannosaurus rex is sporting a warm winter scarf this season.

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December Vacation Fun at the Springfield Museums

December 5, 2011

Have fun during December school vacation with “Wacky Week” at the Springfield Museums. The Museums will be open regular hours Monday, Dec. 26-Friday, Dec. 30. Vacation week activities will take place from Tuesday through Friday and are free with the price of museum admission unless noted. “Wacky Week” is part of the Museums’ Family Fun series and is sponsored by TD Bank through the TD Charitable Foundation.

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December Museums à la Carte Programs

November 28, 2011

The Springfield Museums will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in December. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 pm in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Culture & Cocktails

November 28, 2011

Mix up your work week with a toast to culture, community and conversation. “Gingerbread Houses and Candy Cane Cocktails” will be held on Thursday, December 8, from 5 to 8 pm in the Springfield Science Museum.

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French Paintings from the Wadsworth Atheneum to Be Shown for the First Time in Springfield

November 15, 2011

Old Masters to Monet: Three Centuries of French Painting from the Wadsworth Atheneum will premier at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts in Springfield from December 13, 2011, through April 29, 2012.

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Hasbro GameLand to Open at the Wood Museum of Springfield History

November 15, 2011

Hasbro GameLand, a dynamic new hands-on exhibit for children, will open to the public on November 25 in the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History at the Quadrangle. Made possible by a grant from the Hasbro Children’s Fund, the exhibit pays tribute to Springfield entrepreneur Milton Bradley and explores games of memory, chance, speed, imagination, strategy and word play. Opening day festivities will include family activities and appearances by the costumed characters MR. POTATO HEAD, PRINCESS FROSTINE and ELEFUN from popular Hasbro toys and games.

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Celebrate the Season with Holiday Fun at the Springfield Museums

November 11, 2011

The Springfield Museums will kick off the holiday season with an afternoon of family fun and an early evening Lighting of the Quadrangle celebration on Friday, Nov. 25.

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Walking Tour to Visit Springfield Armory

October 25, 2011

Richard Colton, Park Ranger and interpreter for the Springfield Armory National Historic Site, will lead a walking tour of the Armory and surrounding area on Saturday, November 12, from 10:30 am-noon. The tour will begin and end at the Springfield Museums on the Quadrangle at 21 Edwards Street.

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Print Exhibit Features Scenes of Paris

October 24, 2011

Scenes of the “City Of Light” will be on view at the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts from November 1, 2011, through April 29, 2012, in the exhibition Je Ne Sais Quoi: Views of Paris.

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Watercolors by Connecticut Artist on View at D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts

October 24, 2011

A series of 23 abstract watercolor paintings by Connecticut artist
C. Ronald Bechtle (born 1924) will be on view at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts from October 25, 2011, through October 28, 2012 in the exhibition Poems II, 1969-1972: Watercolors by C. Ronald Bechtle.

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Actress Brings Isabella Stewart Gardner to Life

October 24, 2011

The adventurous life of art patron and museum founder Isabella Stewart Gardner will be portrayed in a one-woman performance by actress Robin Lane on Sunday, November 6, at 2 pm, at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. The program is free with the price of admission to the museum.

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Marionettes to Perform Hansel & Gretel at the Springfield Museums

October 24, 2011

The Springfield Museums’ Family Fun series will continue on Friday, November 11, with a performance of Hansel & Gretel. Family activities will take place from 10 am to 4 pm and are free with museum admission unless noted.

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Culture & Cocktails Explores the Secrets of the Smith

October 18, 2011

Mix up your work week with a toast to culture, community and conversation. “The Hidden Secrets of the Smith Museum,” the second event in this year’s Culture & Cocktails series, will be held on Thursday, Nov. 3, from 5 to 8 pm in the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum at the Quadrangle.

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November Museums à la Carte Programs

October 18, 2011

The Springfield Museums will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in November. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 pm in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Telescope to Focus on Jupiter

October 18, 2011

Stars Club member Mike Kozicki will give a talk about Jupiter at the Springfield Science Museum on Friday, November 4, at 7:30 pm. Following the talk, the museum’s large rooftop telescope will be opened to view the giant planet. If it is cloudy, a planetarium show will be presented instead.

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Museums Seeking Entries in Gingerbread House Competition

October 7, 2011

The Springfield Museums are inviting bakeries, schools, individual bakers and young people to submit design plans to create gingerbread houses that will be on view at the Springfield Science Museum as part of the holiday exhibit “Gingerbread Fantasy.”

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“Molecular Playground” Exhibit Opens at Springfield Science Museum

October 7, 2011

As a way of making science fun and easier to understand, the Springfield Science Museum has partnered with the University of Massachusetts Amherst to install a “molecular playground” at the museum. The interactive display introduces visitors to the beauty of chemicals and molecular structure.

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Stars Over Springfield at the Springfield Science Museum

September 26, 2011

Stars Club member Ed Faits, president of the Arunah Hill Natural Science Center in Cummington, Mass., will present “A Second and a Half Away: A 21st Century Look at the Moon” at the Springfield Science Museum on Friday, Oct. 7, at 7:30 pm.

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Artist Finds Beauty in Ordinary Things

September 21, 2011

The work of a local artist will be on view from October 18, 2011 through January 8, 2012 at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts in the special exhibition “Beyond this Window: Paintings by Briana Taylor.”

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Walking Tour Invites People to…Look! Up in the Sky!

September 20, 2011

Springfield architect William Devlin will lead a walking tour in the Quadrangle area and along State Street to downtown on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 10:30 am-noon.

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October Museums à la Carte Programs

September 19, 2011

The Springfield Museums will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in October. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 pm in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Philanthropy the Subject of Museum Exhibit

September 16, 2011

An exhibit highlighting philanthropists who have left a lasting legacy in Springfield and the Pioneer Valley is on view through November 20 at the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History at the Quadrangle.

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TD Charitable Foundation Supports Springfield Museums with Donation

September 16, 2011

TD Bank, through the TD Charitable Foundation, recently donated $10,000 to the Springfield Museums as part of the bank’s commitment to giving back to the community.

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Springfield Museums Launch Lively New Culture & Cocktails Series

September 14, 2011

The Springfield Museums will begin its second season of Culture & Cocktails events with Oktoberfest: The Art of the Brew on Thursday, October 6 from 5-8 pm at the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History. The evening is sponsored by Lyman and Merrie Wood.

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Springfield Museums to Preview Ken Burns Documentary

September 8, 2011

WGBY Public Television and the Springfield Museums will host a sneak preview and discussion of Ken Burns’ and Lynn Novick’s new PBS documentary series Prohibition on Sunday, September 25, from 2-4 pm, at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts at the Quadrangle. The program is free and open to the public.

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Springfield Museums Host Vintage Car Show

September 8, 2011

The Springfield Museums will pay tribute to Springfield’s role in transportation history with the History on the Move car show on Saturday, September 24, from 10 am to 4 pm, on the museum grounds at the Quadrangle. Pre-1980 cars, including vintage automobiles manufactured in Springfield, will be exhibited.

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Museum School Offers Courses for Children and Adults

August 26, 2011

Registration for fall Museum School courses for children and adults and travel opportunities for adults at the Springfield Museums will begin on September 6. For complete course descriptions, travel itineraries, fees and to register, call 413.263.6800, ext. 377 or 382, or log on to www.springfieldmuseums.org. Secure on-line registration is available.

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Stars Over Springfield at the Springfield Science Museum

August 26, 2011

Jack Megas of the Springfield Stars Club will present, "Late Summer Observing" at the Springfield Science Museum on Friday, Sept. 2, at 7:30 pm.

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Springfield Museums Receive Large Federal Grant

August 24, 2011

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle have received a grant of $320,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) toward the installation of climate modification in the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum. The grant is part of the NEH’s Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections program.

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Ubora Award and Ahadi Youth Award Recipients to be Honored

August 23, 2011

The African Hall Subcommittee of the Springfield Museums will present the 20th annual Ubora Award and the 3rd annual Ahadi Youth Award at a ceremony on Saturday, September 17, at 6 pm, at the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts at the Quadrangle. Dr. Albert and Mrs. Geraldine Garner have been selected to receive the Ubora Award, and Bria Brantley will receive the Ahadi Award.

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Springfield Museums Announce Fall Hours and Planetarium Schedule

August 22, 2011

The Springfield Museums will resume fall hours on September 1. Hours at all four museums are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am-5 pm, and Sunday, 11 am-5 pm.

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Walking Tour will Describe “Elliot Street Past and Present: A History of St. Michael’s Parish”

August 22, 2011

Springfield historian Frances Gagnon will lead a walking tour of the area around St. Michael’s Cathedral on Saturday, September 10, from 10:30 am-noon.

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September Museums à la Carte Programs

August 22, 2011

The Springfield Museums will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in September. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 pm in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Celebrate Summer with Music, Magic and Puppets

August 11, 2011

The Springfield Museums’ Summer Celebration series will conclude the week of August 22-26 with live performances presented at 1 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday and other activities presented daily.

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Celebrate Summer with Magic, Music, and Dancing Bugs

August 5, 2011

The Springfield Museums’ Summer Celebration series continues August 15-19 with live performances presented at 1 pm on Toe-Tapping Tuesday, Wacky Wednesday, and Fun Friday.

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And to Think that He Saw It in Springfield!

August 2, 2011

The influence of Springfield on the world famous children’s book author known as Dr. Seuss is explained in And to Think that He Saw It in Springfield, a new exhibit at the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History at the Quadrangle.

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Walking Tour Will Highlight the Springfield Republican

August 1, 2011

Wayne Phaneuf, historian and executive editor of The Republican, will discuss the 187-year history of Springfield’s daily paper during a walking tour on Saturday, August 13, from 10:30 am to noon.

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Springfield Museums and City Library to Host "LittleFest"

August 1, 2011

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle and the Springfield City Library will host "LittleFest," an event to promote a love of reading in young children, on Thursday, August 11, from 10 am to 4 pm. Activities planned for outdoors will be held inside if it rains.

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Celebrate Summer with Songs, Stories and Silly Fun at the Springfield Museums

July 25, 2011

The Springfield Museums’ Summer Celebration series continues August 8-12 with live performances presented at 1 pm on Toe-Tapping Tuesday, Wacky Wednesday, and Fun Friday, plus the LittleFest celebration of children’s literature on Thursday.

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Free Outdoor Concerts at the Quadrangle

July 22, 2011

Bring a picnic supper, a blanket or a lawn chair and join the Springfield Museums and the Armoury-Quadrangle Civic Association for “Wednesdays in the Park,” a series of three free live music concerts by local musicians. The concerts will be held on three Wednesdays in August from 6 to 8 pm on the Quadrangle green. If it rains, the performances will be held in the auditorium of the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Museum Admission Free for Everyone on August 5!

July 22, 2011

There will be no charge to visit the Springfield Museums on Friday, August 5. The free admission is made possible by a grant from the Highland Street Foundation in Newton, Mass.

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Photo Exhibit Focuses on Impermanence

July 21, 2011

Photographer Jessie Carleton creates and photographs still life compositions inspired by traditional Dutch vanitas (vanity) paintings that were designed as reminders of the transient nature of life and the certainty of death. The photos are now on view at the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts through October 9 in the special exhibition Tabletops: Photographs by Jessie Carleton.

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Award-Winning Chinese Artist to Appear at the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts

July 21, 2011

Li Zou, an award-winning artist who specializes in the “meticulous style” of traditional Chinese painting, will present an exhibition and lecture/demonstration at the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Springfield Museums’ Summer Celebration Series Continues This August

July 18, 2011

The Springfield Museums’ Summer Celebration series continues August 1-5 with live performances presented at 1 pm on Toe-Tapping Tuesdays, Wacky Wednesdays, and Fun Fridays.

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Springfield Museums Need Volunteers

July 15, 2011

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle are recruiting volunteer docents to conduct tours and programs for children and adults in the new Wood Museum of Springfield History and in the Springfield Science Museum.

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Museums’ Summer Celebration Features Drumming, Juggling, and Yo-Yos

July 11, 2011

The Springfield Museums’ Summer Celebration series continues July 25-29 with live performances presented on Toe-Tapping Tuesdays, Wacky Wednesdays, and Fun Fridays.

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Museums’ Summer Celebration Features African Dance, Zany Stunts, and a Fairy Tale Puppet Show

June 30, 2011

The Springfield Museums’ Summer Celebration continues July 18-22 with live performances presented on Toe-Tapping Tuesdays, Wacky Wednesdays, and Fun Fridays.

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Indian Day is Back!

June 29, 2011

The Springfield Museums will present their second annual Indian Day, a revival of the long-standing celebration and rally of the classic motorcycles that were manufactured in the city from 1901 to 1953.

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Springfield Museums Host Two Living Art Installations

June 28, 2011

Visitors to the Springfield Museums will see two famous works of art come to life this summer. Presented by Ten31 Productions, actors will portray the subjects of well-known paintings in these living art installations. The performances are free with the price of admission to the museums.

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Walking Tour Will Highlight City Beautiful Movement

June 24, 2011

Benjamin Murphy, President of the Springfield Preservation Trust, will describe the City Beautiful Movement during a walking tour on Saturday, July 9, from 10:30 am to noon.

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Exhibit Shows the American West as Portrayed by Currier & Ives

June 23, 2011

Currier & Ives images of the American West will be on view at the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts from June 28, 2011-January 29, 2012 in the special exhibition Imagining the Frontier: Landscape and Hunting Scenes of the American West.

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Celebrate Summer at the Springfield Museums

June 20, 2011

Family fun is in store for visitors to the Springfield Museums from July 11 through August 26 during “Summer Celebration,” seven weeks of live performances, puppet shows, art activities, and hands-on science activities. Live performances will be offered on Toe-Tapping Tuesdays, Wacky Wednesdays, and Fun Fridays.

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Springfield Museums Add an Extra Day for the Summer

June 20, 2011

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will be open seven days a week from July 11 through August 31.

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July Museums à la Carte Programs

June 20, 2011

The Springfield Museums will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in July. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 pm in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Museums to Join Public Reading of Frederick Douglass Speech

June 15, 2011

The Springfield Museums are participating in a communal reading of Frederick Douglass’s fiery 1852 speech, “The Meaning of the Fourth of July to the Negro.” The shared reading will take place at noon on June 29 in Court Square in Springfield and will be followed by a discussion at First Church.

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Springfield Museums Awarded Prestigious Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services

May 27, 2011

The Springfield Museums have been awarded a Conservation Project Support grant of $120,218 from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to restore seven Tiffany stained glass windows on the first floor of the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum.

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Contemporary Video Art on View at D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts

May 26, 2011

Project 35, an exhibition of contemporary video, will be on view at the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts from June 7, 2011 through June 24, 2012.

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Walking Tour to Highlight Springfield’s Fabulous Downtown Trees

May 25, 2011

Burt Freedman, an outdoor education specialist with the Environmental Center for Our Schools (ECOS), will point out some of the magnificent trees in the Quadrangle neighborhood during a walking tour on Saturday, June 11, from 10:30 am to noon. Participants will be surprised to discover some unusual old trees which have been here for many years and often go unnoticed.

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Be the Dinosaur at the Springfield Museums this Summer

May 25, 2011

Children can experience the day-to-day world of dinosaurs through cutting-edge computer simulation in the special exhibition Be the Dinosaur/i>, on view from June 11 through September 11 at the Springfield Science Museum. Dinosaur Dig Lab, a companion exhibit, invites kids to become paleontologists and excavate “fossils.”

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Springfield Museums to Participate in Blue Star Museums Program

May 23, 2011

The Springfield Museums will be one of more than 1,300 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer. Through a partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the Blue Star Museums program offers free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day, 2011.

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Museum School Offers Courses for Children and Adults

May 23, 2011

Registration for summer Museum School courses for children and adults and travel opportunities for adults at the Springfield Museums will begin on May 31. For complete course descriptions, travel itineraries, fees and to register, call 413.263.6800, ext. 377 or 382, or log on to www.springfieldmuseums.org. Secure on-line registration is available.

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June Museums à la Carte Programs

May 16, 2011

The Springfield Museums will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in June. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 pm in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Walking Tour to Highlight Springfield’s Automotive History

May 6, 2011

Automotive historian Keith Korbut discuss Springfield’s contribution to transportation history during a walking tour on Saturday, May 14, from 10:30 am to noon.
The tour will feature a visit to the new Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History to view the museum’s exhibit of Springfield-built automobiles, included an exact working copy of the 1893 Duryea, the first successful gasoline-powered automobile.

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Natural Beauty of America’s National Parks Revealed in Art Exhibition

May 6, 2011

The most beautiful natural scenery in the United States is presented in the exhibition American Legacy: Our National Parks, on Location with the Plein-Air Painters of America, on view from May 24 through November 6 at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Springfield Museums Celebrate the City’s Anniversary

May 2, 2011

The Springfield Museums will celebrate the city’s 375th anniversary with a day of activities on Founder’s Day, May 14. Activities will take place from 10 am to 5 pm and are free with admission unless noted. The event is sponsored by People’s United Bank.

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Science Museum Celebrates Astronomy Day

April 26, 2011

The Springfield Museums’ Weekend Family Fun series will continue with Astronomy Day on Saturday, May 7. Activities will take place at the Springfield Science Museum from 11 am to 4 pm and are free with museum admission unless noted.

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the Springfield Museums

April 20, 2011

The Springfield Museums’ Culture & Cocktails series will continue on Thursday, May 5, with “Cinco de Mayo.” The event will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 pm in the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History at the Quadrangle.

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Stars Over Springfield at the Springfield Science Museum

April 18, 2011

Ed Faits, a director of the Springfield Stars Club, will present “Spectacular Saturn” on Friday, May 6, at 7:30 pm at the Springfield Science Museum.

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May Museums à la Carte Programs

April 18, 2011

The Springfield Museums will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in May. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 pm in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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In the Footsteps of the Masters: Painting by Christina Mastrangelo

April 11, 2011

Paintings that evoke the work of the “old master” artists of the Renaissance will be on view from April 19 through July 10 at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts in the special exhibition In the Footsteps of the Masters: Painting by Christina Mastrangelo.

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April Vacation Week Activities Highlight Earth Day

April 4, 2011

The Springfield Museums will celebrate Earth Day with the annual Earth Day Festival on April 17 followed by “Earth Week: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,” a week of environment-friendly school vacation week performances and activities from April 18-22.

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Printmakers from the Bauhaus School: 1919-1933

April 4, 2011

An exhibition of prints by American and European artists associated with the Bauhaus School in Germany is on view at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts through October 30.

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Springfield Museums to Raise Funds for Japan Disaster Relief

March 24, 2011

“An Evening for Japan,” an event benefiting the American Red Cross Disaster Relief for the Japanese Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami, will be held on Wednesday, Mar. 30, from 5 to 7 pm in the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum at the Quadrangle.

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Walking Tour to Highlight Underground Railroad

March 17, 2011

Lujuana Hood, director of the Pan-African Heritage Museum of the USA (PAHMUSA), will discuss the Underground Railroad in Springfield during a walking tour on Saturday, April 9, from 10:30 am to noon.

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April Museums à la Carte Programs

March 17, 2011

The Springfield Museums will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in April. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 pm in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Stars Over Springfield at the Springfield Science Museum

March 17, 2011

In recognition of April Fools Day, Richard Sanderson, curator of physical science at the Springfield Science Museum, will present “Foolish Astronomy” on Friday, April 1, at 7:30 pm at the museum. The program will focus on astronomical misconceptions.

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It’s Easy Being Green at the Springfield Museums

March 15, 2011

The Springfield Museums’ Culture & Cocktails series will continue on Thursday, April 7, with “Think Green.” The event will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 pm in the Springfield Science Museum at the Quadrangle.

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Performance of Pinocchio is Highlight of Museum Program for Families

March 14, 2011

The Springfield Museums’ Weekend Family Fun series will continue on Saturday, April 2, with “P is for Puppet.” Activities will take place from 10 am to 4 pm and are free with museum admission unless noted.

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Current & Coming Exhibits

March 14, 2011

Art, history and science exhibitions at the Springfield Museums.

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Exhibit Celebrates Springfield Women through History

February 17, 2011

In recognition of the 100th anniversary of Women’s History Month in March and the 375th anniversary of the founding of the city of Springfield, the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History will present the exhibition Women’s Work: The Untold Story from March 1 through September 25. The exhibition was developed with the assistance of guest curator Frances Gagnon.

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Stars Over Springfield at the Springfield Science Museum

February 15, 2011

Alan Rifkin, president of the Springfield Stars Club, will teach people how to properly observe the heavens through their backyard telescopes at the Springfield Science Museum on Friday, March 4, at 7:30 pm.

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Get an Early Start on Mardi Gras at the Springfield Museums

February 15, 2011

The Springfield Museums' Culture & Cocktails series will continue on Thursday, March 3, with “Fat Thursday: A Taste of New Orleans.” The event will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History at the Quadrangle.

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March Museums à la Carte Programs

February 15, 2011

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in March. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 pm in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s 107th Birthday at the Springfield Museums

February 14, 2011

The Springfield Museums’ Weekend Family Fun series will continue on Saturday, March 5, from 10 am-4 pm with a Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Celebration. Theodor Seuss Geisel was born in Springfield on March 2, 1904.

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Springfield Museums Announce New Expanded Hours

February 9, 2011

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle have announced new expanded hours effective February 12. The Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History, the Springfield Science Museum, and the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum will be open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am-5 pm, and Sunday, 11 am-5 pm.

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Science Museum Offers Overnight Camp-Ins for Scout Groups

February 9, 2011

The Springfield Science Museum is offering overnight camp-in programs for Girl Scout and Boy Scout groups. Scouts participate in a variety of hands-on activities that will help them earn the requirements for badges, belt loops or try-its. All groups will see a planetarium show and decorate a T-shirt with a screen-print design. They will also enjoy an evening pizza party, and a light breakfast in the morning.

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Spend February Vacation Rockin’ with the Reptiles

February 4, 2011

The Springfield Museums have planned a week of family fun during February school vacation. “Rockin’ Reptiles Week” activities will be offered Monday, Feb. 21, through Friday, Feb. 25, from 10 am-5 pm and are free with museum admission unless noted.

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The Legacy of Currier & Ives: Shaping the American Spirit

January 27, 2011

Often found on calendars, cookie tins and Christmas cards, Currier & Ives images strike a nostalgic chord in many people. A selection of the firm’s hand-colored lithographs will be on view at the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts from February 1 through May 1 in the special exhibition The Legacy of Currier & Ives: Shaping the American Spirit.

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Nominees Being Sought for Annual Ahadi and Ubora Awards

January 25, 2011

The African Hall Subcommittee of the Springfield Museums is seeking nominations for the 3nd annual Ahadi Youth Award and 20th annual Ubora Award. Nominations for both awards must be received by March 31, 2011.

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Stars Over Springfield at the Springfield Science Museum

January 17, 2011

The Springfield Science Museum’s large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 pm. The program will be held rain or shine. If it is overcast, a planetarium show will be presented in place of telescope viewing.

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February Museums à la Carte Programs

January 17, 2011

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in February. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 pm in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Currier & Ives and the Majesty of the Sea: Clipper Ships and Steamboats

January 17, 2011

Images of majestic clipper ships, powerful steamboats and great maritime races will be on view from January 25 through June 26 at the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts in the exhibition Currier & Ives and the Majesty of the Sea: Clipper Ships and Steamboats.

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Indulge Yourself with an Evening of Wine and Chocolate

January 17, 2011

The Springfield Museums’ new Culture & Cocktails series will continue on Thursday, Feb. 3, with “Indulgence: An Evening of Wine and Chocolate.” The event will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 pm in the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts at the Quadrangle.

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Found Object Quilts on View at D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts

January 6, 2011

Contemporary art quilts by B.Z. Reily will be on view at the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts from January 18 through April 10 in the special exhibition
Re-collections: Found Object Quilts.

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Museum Program Honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

December 30, 2010

The Springfield Museums’ Weekend Family Fun series will continue on Monday, January 17, with “Celebrate Black History,” an afternoon of activities which will include tributes to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and famous African-American musicians.

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Live Reptile Exhibit Opens with Family Activities

December 30, 2010

The special exhibit Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly will open at the Springfield Museums on Saturday, January 15, with a day of family activities.

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Cold-blooded Creatures Invade the Science Museum

December 20, 2010

Looking for some close encounters of the scaly kind? You’ll find them at the Springfield Science Museum in the special exhibit Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly, on view from January 15 through May 22.

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Springfield Museums Announce Holiday Hours

December 20, 2010

The Springfield Museums will be closed on Friday, Dec. 24, Saturday, Dec. 25, and Saturday, Jan. 1.

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School Vacation Week Activities at the Springfield Museums

December 10, 2010

Families are invited to take an exotic “Journey to the Middle East” at the Springfield Museums during school vacation week from December 27 to 30. Activities are free with the price of museum admission unless noted.

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Museum Displays Contemporary Art Quilts

October 25, 2010

Contemporary art quilts by 35 textile artists from around the world are on view at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts from November 2, 2010, through January 16, 2011, in the exhibition SAQA @ 20: Art and Excellence.

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Stars Over Springfield at the Springfield Science Museum

October 25, 2010

The Springfield Science Museum’s large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, Nov. 5, at 7:30 pm. The program will be held rain or shine. If it is overcast, a planetarium show will be presented in place of telescope viewing.

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November Museums à la Carte Programs

October 25, 2010

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in November. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 pm in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Springfield Museums Appoint New Director of Security

October 20, 2010

The Springfield Museums have hired William J. Noonan as Director of Security.

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Of Land and Sea: Alfred Thompson Bricher and William Trost Richards

October 20, 2010

Watercolors and drawings by two 19th-century land- and seascape artists will be on view at the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts from October 24, 2010, through October 23, 2011, in the exhibition Of Land and Sea: Alfred Thompson Bricher and William Trost Richards.

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X-Ray Floral Photography Reveals Hidden Beauty

October 18, 2010

Dramatic x-ray images of flowers are on view at the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts through January 9 in the special exhibition Radiographic Photography by Merrill Raikes: The Inner Beauty of Flowers. A free reception with the artist will be held on November 11, from 5 to 7 pm at the museum.

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Actress Brings Artist Mary Cassatt to Life

October 13, 2010

The life of artist Mary Cassatt will be portrayed in a one-woman performance by actress Robin Lane on Sunday, October 24, at 2 pm, at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. The program is free with the price of admission to the museum.

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Prints by Depression-Era Artists on View at Museum

October 13, 2010

Prints by American artists who worked during the Great Depression are on view through March 27, 2011, at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts in the exhibition WPA Artists in Print.

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Author to Discuss History of Civil Rights Movement

October 8, 2010

The Springfield Museums’ fall lecture series will continue on Wednesday, October 20, at 5 pm with I’ve Got the Light of Freedom presented by Dr. Charles Payne, the Frank P. Hixon Distinguished Service Professor in the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. The program will be held in the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History and is free and open to the public. A reception and book-signing will accompany the talk.

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Museums Launch New Series of Adult Talks

October 6, 2010

The Springfield Museums is launching a fall series of adult programs that explore a variety of topics in history and art. The programs are free with the price of museum admission.

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Museums Seeking Entries in Gingerbread House Competition

October 6, 2010

The Springfield Museums are inviting bakeries, individuals and young people to submit design plans to create gingerbread houses that will be on view at the Springfield Science Museum as part of the fanciful holiday exhibit “Sugar & Spice: The Land of Gingerbread.”

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Meet Some Radical Robots at the Springfield Museums

October 6, 2010

The Springfield Museums’ Weekend Family Fun series will continue on Saturday, October 16, with “Radical Robots.” Activities will take place from 10 am to 4 pm and are free with museum admission unless noted.

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Springfield Museums Launch Lively New Culture & Cocktails Series

September 22, 2010

The Springfield Museums are launching Culture & Cocktails, a new series of evening events planned for the first Thursday of the month. The first program in the series will be Oktoberfest: The Art of the Brew on October 7 from 5:30-8:30 pm at the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History.

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Museum Corporators Elect New Trustees

September 22, 2010

The Corporators of the Springfield Museums, at their annual meeting on September 22, 2010, elected two new Trustees to three-year terms. They are Kathleen Kane and Wayne E. Phaneuf.

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Stars Over Springfield at the Springfield Science Museum

September 20, 2010

The Springfield Science Museum’s large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 pm. The program will be held rain or shine. If it is overcast, a planetarium show will be presented in place of telescope viewing.

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Walking Tour to Visit Court Square

September 20, 2010

Retired architect David Carlson will lead a walking tour of the Court Square area on Saturday, October 9, from 10:30 am-noon.

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October Museums à la Carte Programs

September 20, 2010

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in October. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 pm in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Museum Trustees Appoint New Vice President

September 17, 2010

The Board of Trustees of the Springfield Museums has appointed Kay Simpson as the Vice President of the Springfield Museums.

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Grant from TD Charitable Foundation Supports Family Programs

September 9, 2010

The Springfield Museums have received a $10,000 grant from TD Bank through the TD Charitable Foundation for the Museums’ Weekend Family Fun series of educational programs.

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D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts Presents Exhibit of Contemporary Realism

September 8, 2010

A selection of art in the style of contemporary realism will be on view from September 21 through October 24 at the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts in the Academic Artists 60th Anniversary Exhibition.

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Springfield Museums Host Car Show

September 2, 2010

The Springfield Museums will pay tribute to Springfield’s role in transportation history with the History on the Move car show on Saturday, September 25, from 10 am to 4 pm, on the museum grounds at the Quadrangle. Pre-1980 cars, including some vintage automobiles manufactured in Springfield, will be exhibited.

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Outdoor Sculpture by James Kitchen Displayed on Museum Grounds

September 2, 2010

Saturn, a found-object sculpture by Chesterfield artist James Kitchen, will be on view on the grounds of the Springfield Museums from September 1, 2010 through May 1, 2011.

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Walking Tour to Visit St. Michael’s Cathedral

September 1, 2010

Springfield historian Frances Gagnon will lead a walking tour of St. Michael’s Cathedral on Saturday, September 11, from 10:30 am-noon.

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Museum School Offers Courses for Children and Adults

August 26, 2010

Registration for fall Museum School courses for children and adults and travel opportunities for adults at the Springfield Museums is underway. For complete course descriptions and travel itineraries, call 413.263.6800, ext. 377 or 382, or log on to www.springfieldmuseums.org. Secure on-line registration is available.

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Currier & Ives Exhibition Features Images of Childhood

August 25, 2010

The firm of Currier & Ives is known for its idealized images of life in 19th-century America. As with other subjects, Currier & Ives presented an optimistic, romanticized vision of childhood. A selection of these prints is displayed in the exhibition Season of Joy: Celebrating Childhood in Currier & Ives Prints, on view now through January 23, 2011, in the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Springfield Museums Announce Fall Hours and Planetarium Schedule

August 24, 2010

The Springfield Museums will resume fall hours on September 1. Hours at the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History, and the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum are Tuesday through Sunday, 11 am-4 pm The Science Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am-5 pm, and Sunday, 11 am-5 pm.

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Ubora Award and Ahadi Youth Award Recipients to be Honored

August 24, 2010

The African Hall Subcommittee of the Springfield Museums will present the 19th annual Ubora Award and the 2nd annual Ahadi Youth Award at a ceremony on Saturday, September 18, at 7 pm, at the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts at the Quadrangle. Ms. Zelmon “Zee” Johnson has been selected to receive the Ubora Award, and Monique Farrell will receive the Ahadi Award.

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September Museums à la Carte Programs

August 23, 2010

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in September. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 pm in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Stars Over Springfield at the Springfield Science Museum

August 23, 2010

The Springfield Science Museum’s large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, Sept. 3, at 7:30 pm. The program will be held rain or shine. If it is overcast, a planetarium show will be presented in place of telescope viewing.

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Family Program Creates a Buzz about New Public Television Show for Kids

August 16, 2010

The Springfield Museums and WGBY Public Television are pairing up to present “The Buzz about Bees Family FunFest” on Friday, August 27, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the museums.

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Walking Tour

August 2, 2010

Springfield architect Stephen Jablonski will present “The Architect’s View of the New Wood Museum of Springfield History” on Saturday, August 14, from 10:30 a.m.-noon. He will take the group into the museum and discuss how he turned the building from an empty office building that had been partitioned into hundreds of cubicles into an expansive, attractive exhibition space. He will also discuss plans for future improvements along Edwards Street.

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It’s Super Science Week at the Springfield Museums

July 30, 2010

The Springfield Museums’ Summer Festival Days series will conclude with “Super Science” week August 9 to 13. Activities are free with the price of museum admission unless noted. Summer Festival Days is sponsored in part by Berkshire Bank.

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Free Outdoor Concerts at the Quadrangle

July 26, 2010

Bring a picnic supper, a blanket or a lawn chair and join the Springfield Museums and the Armoury-Quadrangle Civic Association for “Wednesdays in the Park,” a series of three free live music concerts by local musicians. The concerts will be held on Wednesdays in August from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Quadrangle green. If it rains, the performances will be held in the auditorium of the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Space Still Available in Museum School Summer Courses

July 21, 2010

Space is still available for a selection of courses for children, teens and adults at the Springfield Museums. For complete course descriptions, call 413.263.6800, ext. 377 or 382. Secure on-line registration is available.

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It’s Puppet Week at the Springfield Museums

July 21, 2010

The Springfield Museums’ Summer Festival Days series will continue August 2-6 with “Puppet Potpourri” week. Activities are free with the price of museum admission unless noted. Summer Festival Days is sponsored in part by Berkshire Bank.

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Brick Artist to Create Sculpture from LEGO® Bricks at Museum

July 19, 2010

New York artist Nathan Sawaya will create a sculpture out of LEGO building bricks at the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts on Saturday, July 31, from 11 am-3 pm The Art of the Brick, an exhibition of Sawaya’s LEGO sculptures, is on view at the museum through September 5.

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Mythical Creatures Week

July 13, 2010

The Springfield Museums’ Summer Festival Days series will continue July 26-30 with “Mythical Creatures” week. Activities are free with the price of museum admission unless noted. Summer Festival Days is sponsored in part by Berkshire Bank.

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Springfield Museums and Dr. Seuss National Memorial Named to the Great Places in Massachusetts List

July 12, 2010

The committee charged with compiling the nominations for the 1000 Great Places revealed the 1000 Great Places list at the State House today. With over 12,000 nominations, the range of Great Places shines on every part of the Commonwealth.

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African Adventures Week

July 6, 2010

The Springfield Museums’ Summer Festival Days series will continue July 19-23 with “African Adventures” week. Activities are free with the price of museum admission unless noted. Summer Festival Days is sponsored in part by Berkshire Bank.

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July Walking Tour

June 29, 2010

John Morse, president of Merriam-Webster, will lead a walking tour to the Merriam-Webster building on Federal Street on Saturday, July 10, from 10:30 am-noon.

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Meet Live Critters during Amazing Animals Week

June 29, 2010

The Springfield Museums Summer Festival Days series will continue July 12-16 with “Amazing Animals” week. Activities are free with the price of museum admission unless noted. Summer Festival Days is sponsored in part by Berkshire Bank.

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Indian Day is Back!

June 28, 2010

The Springfield Museums have revived Indian Day, the long-standing celebration and rally of the classic motorcycles that were manufactured in the city from 1901 to 1953. Indian Day will take place on Sunday, July 18, from 9 am-4 pm on the grounds of the Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle.

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Museums to Join Public Reading of Frederick Douglass Speech

June 24, 2010

The Springfield Museums are participating in a communal reading of Frederick Douglass's fiery 1852 speech, “The Meaning of the Fourth of July to the Negro.” The shared reading will take place at noon on June 30 in Court Square in Springfield and will be followed by a discussion at First Church.

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Celebrate Summer at the Springfield Museums

June 21, 2010

Family fun is in store for visitors to the Springfield Museums from July 5 through August 13 during “Summer Festival Days,” six-weeks of live performances, puppet shows, art activities, and hands-on science activities.

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July Museums à la Carte Programs

June 21, 2010

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in July. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Museums Add an Extra Day for the Summer

June 3, 2010

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will be open seven days a week from June 21 through August 30.

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Walking Tour Highlights Architectural Changes

June 3, 2010

Springfield architect William Devlin will lead a walking tour in the Quadrangle-Mattoon Street area on Saturday, June 12, from 10:30 a.m.-noon.

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Anonymous Donors Revealed

May 27, 2010

The Springfield Museums have announced the identity of the previously anonymous donors for whom the new Museum of Springfield History is to be named. The museum will now be known as the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History.

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Exhibit Traces the History of State Street

May 20, 2010

The story of State Street, from its Revolutionary War-era origins as the “Boston Post Road,” to its current transformation sparked by construction of the new Federal Courthouse, is being told in the exhibition and documentary The State Street Corridor Project: Road to Renewal. The exhibit will open on Sunday, May 23, with a reception from 3 to 5 p.m. at the new Museum of Springfield History at the Quadrangle. A short preview of the documentary produced by WBGY Public Television for Western New England will accompany the exhibit.

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Brick Artist Transforms Toy LEGO® Bricks into Art

May 17, 2010

If you build it, they will come. And New York artist Nathan Sawaya has built some amazing sculptures out of common LEGO® building bricks. The Art of the Brick, an exhibition of Sawaya’s work, will be on view from June 16 through September 5 at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts at the Quadrangle.

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Walking Tour to Highlight Art Deco Architecture

April 27, 2010

Local historian and retired city planner Robert McCarroll will lead a walking tour to see Springfield’s Art Deco-style buildings on Saturday, May 8, from 10:30 am to noon. The tour will begin at the Springfield Museums.

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Museums Name New President

April 22, 2010

The Board of Trustees of the Springfield Museums, at its meeting late yesterday, appointed Holly Smith-Bové as the new president of the Museums, effective May 1. Smith-Bové succeeds Joseph Carvalho who is retiring after 34 years at the organization and 16 years as its president.

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May Museums à la Carte Programs

April 20, 2010

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in May. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Video: Springfield Museums Earth Week

April 20, 2010

People of all ages were having fun both inside and out at the Springfield Museums.

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Science Museum Holds Earth Day Clean-Up

April 20, 2010

The Springfield Science Museum is holding its 20th annual Earth Day Clean-up on Saturday, May 1, from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

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Stars Over Springfield at the Springfield Science Museum

April 20, 2010

The Springfield Science Museum’s large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. The program will be held rain or shine. If it is overcast, a planetarium show will be presented in place of telescope viewing.

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Science Museum Celebrates Astronomy Day

April 16, 2010

The Springfield Museums’ Weekend Family Fun series will continue with Astronomy Day on Saturday, April 24. Activities will take place at the Springfield Science Museum from 11 am to 4 pm and are free with museum admission unless noted.

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Exhibit of Paintings by Local Artist on View at D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts

April 16, 2010

The Mechanics of Introspection, an exhibition of paintings by East Longmeadow artist Kris Ludwig, is on view in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts through July 11, 2010.

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Museum Talk Examines Springfield’s Role in the Gold Rush

April 15, 2010

The new Museum of Springfield History will conclude its spring lecture series at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 25, with a talk titled “Springfield and the California Gold Rush.” The program will be held in the museum’s SIS Hall and is free with the price of museum admission.

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Museum School Offers Courses for Children and Adults

April 9, 2010

Registration for spring courses for children, and classes and day trips for adults at the Museum School of the Springfield Museums is underway. For complete course descriptions and travel itineraries, call 413.263.6800, ext. 377 or 382, or log on to www.springfieldmuseums.org Secure on-line registration is available.

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April Vacation Week Activities Highlight Earth Day

April 5, 2010

The Springfield Museums will celebrate Earth Day with the annual Earth Day Festival on April 18 followed by “Honor the Earth,” a week of Earth-friendly school vacation week activities from April 19-23. Activities are free with museum admission unless noted.

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Walking Tour to Highlight Court Square Area

April 1, 2010

Brian Connors, deputy director of Springfield’s Office of Planning & Economic Development and a member of the Springfield Preservation Trust, will lead a walking tour focused on the Court Square area on Saturday, April 10, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The tour will begin at the Springfield Museums.

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April Museums à la Carte Programs

March 19, 2010

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in April. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 pm in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Stars Over Springfield at the Springfield Science Museum

March 19, 2010

The Springfield Science Museum’s large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, April 2, at 7:30 pm. The program will be held rain or shine. If it is overcast, a planetarium show will be presented in place of telescope viewing.

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See a Wicked Cool Yo-Yo Show at the Springfield Museums

March 17, 2010

Rediscover the fun of yo-yos at the “Wicked Cool” family program featuring the Yo-Yo People at the Springfield Museums on Friday, April 2. Activities will take place from 10 am to 5 pm and are free with museum admission unless noted.

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Spring History Lecture Series Continues

March 10, 2010

The new Museum of Springfield History will continue its spring lecture series at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 28, with a talk titled “Crystal Products of the Frost King: Ice Harvesting and the Natural Ice Industry in New England.” The program will be held in the museum’s SIS Hall and is free with the price of museum admission.

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Dr. Seuss Cake Contest Winners Announced

March 10, 2010

The Springfield Museums have announced the winners of the “Dr. Seuss Takes the Cake” contest which was held at the museums on March 6 during a Weekend Family Fun program celebrating the birthday of Dr. Seuss.

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Museum Program to Celebrate the Art of Watercolor

March 9, 2010

The Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts will present A Spring Celebration of Watercolor on Sunday, March 21, at 3 p.m. The program will feature a discussion of the art form by Heather Haskell, director of the museum; Julia Courtney, curator of art; and Deborah Rubin, a watercolor artist from Amherst.

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New History Museum Launches Spring Lecture Series

February 26, 2010

The new Museum of Springfield History will kick-off its spring lecture series at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 14, with a talk on "Slavery in the Connecticut River Valley." The program will be held in the museum’s SIS Hall and is free with museum admission.

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American Watercolor Society Exhibition on View at D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts

February 23, 2010

The Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts will host the American Watercolor Society 142nd Annual International Exhibition from March 16 through May 23.

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Artist Donates Two Paintings of the Connecticut River

February 23, 2010

Hadley artist Lewis Bryden has donated two landscape paintings to the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s 106th Birthday at the Springfield Museums

February 17, 2010

The Springfield Museums’ Weekend Family Fun series will continue on Saturday, March 6, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with a Birthday Hoedown for Dr. Seuss. The snow date is Sunday, March 7. Theodor Seuss Geisel was born in Springfield on March 2, 1904.

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Stars Over Springfield at the Springfield Science Museum

February 16, 2010

The Springfield Science Museum’s large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, March. 5, at 7:30 p.m. The program will be held rain or shine. If it is overcast, a planetarium show will be presented in place of telescope viewing.

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March Museums à la Carte Programs

February 16, 2010

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in March. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Spend February Vacation in Outer Space

February 1, 2010

The Springfield Museums have planned a week of out-of-this-world fun during February school vacation. Spectacular Space Week activities will be offered Monday, Feb. 15 through Friday, Feb. 19 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and are free with museum admission unless noted.

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Springfield museum celebrates civil rights

January 31, 2010

Monday is the start of Black History Month. On Sunday the Museum of Springfield History unveiled an exhibit tracing the civil rights movement in the city during the 1960s.

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Museum will have you wanting the car keys

January 31, 2010

SPRINGFIELD - Habit makes it easy to misread the decimal point on a colorful “Mobilgas ethyl’’ pump in the Museum of Springfield History. Look closely: It advertises fuel not at $1.59 a gallon but at 15.9 cents. That was a good thing, considering that the 1911 seven-passenger Stevens-Duryea luxury touring car displayed around the corner got only seven miles a gallon.

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Museum School Offers Courses for Children and Adults

January 29, 2010

Registration for winter courses for children, and classes and day trips for adults at the Museum School of the Springfield Museums is underway. For complete course descriptions and travel itineraries, call 413.263.6800, ext. 377 or 382, or log on to www.springfieldmuseums.org. Secure on-line registration is available.

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Nominees Being Sought for Annual Ahadi and Ubora Awards

January 19, 2010

The African Hall Subcommittee of the Springfield Museums is seeking nominations for the 2nd annual Ahadi Youth Award and 19th annual Ubora Award. Nominations for both awards must be received by March 31, 2010.

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February Museums à la Carte Programs

January 19, 2010

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in February. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Stars Over Springfield at the Springfield Science Museum

January 18, 2010

The Springfield Science Museum's large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m. The program will be held rain or shine. If it is overcast, a planetarium show will be presented in place of telescope viewing.

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Participants in Springfield’s Civil Rights Movement Tell their Stories in Black History Month Exhibit

January 13, 2010

In honor of Black History Month, the new Museum of Springfield History will host Freedom through Their Eyes: Fifty Years of Civil Rights Perspectives in Springfield, an exhibition conceived and created by ninety 11th-grade students from the class of 2011 at the Springfield Renaissance School. The exhibit will be on view at the museum from February 2-28, 2010.

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Paintings by Connecticut Artist Reflect Feminine Nature

January 13, 2010

Paintings by Connecticut artist Daryl Zang will be on exhibit in the Community Gallery at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts from January 19 through April 4, 2010. There will be a reception with the artist on April 1 from 5-7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

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Visit a Black Hole at Science Museum Exhibit

January 8, 2010

Black Holes: Space Warps & Time Twists, an interactive exhibit on view at the Springfield Science Museum from January 30 through May 2, will reveal what we know, don’t know, and think we know about one of the great mysteries of the universe.

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Ignore the Cold and Pretend You’re in Hawaii

January 5, 2010

Wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt and join the fun at the “Aloha Hula” family program at the Springfield Museums on Monday, January 18. Activities will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are free with museum admission unless noted. The first 300 visitors will receive a free lei.

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Museums Receive Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council

January 4, 2010

The Springfield Museums have been awarded a $28,300 Organizational Support grant for fiscal year 2010 from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), a state agency.

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Grant Supports Museum Programs

December 30, 2009

The Springfield Museums have a received a $15,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to support Family Science Adventures and Art Discovery Center Programs at the Springfield Museums.

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Museums in the Movies: A Film Clip Festival

December 29, 2009

When movie directors film a scene in a museum, it is usually not because the characters want to look at art. Clips of museums in movies will be shown on Sunday, Jan. 10 (snow date Jan. 24) at 2 p.m. at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts in the program Museums in the Movies: A Film Clip Festival.

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January Museums à la Carte Programs

December 15, 2009

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in January. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Stars Over Springfield at the Springfield Science Museum

December 15, 2009

The Springfield Science Museum’s large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, Jan. 8, at 7:30 p.m. The program will be held rain or shine. If it is overcast, a planetarium show will be presented in place of telescope viewing.

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Museums to Host Medieval Days

December 8, 2009

Families are invited to enter the magical world of lords, ladies and knights in shining armor during “Medieval Days” at the Springfield Museums from December 27 to 30. Activities are free with the price of museum admission unless noted.

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Holiday Music from Latin America and Puerto Rico

December 2, 2009

Musicians Lorena Garay and Eugenio Huanca will present a Family Holiday Celebration of music from Latin America and Puerto Rico on Saturday, December 12, at 2 p.m. in the Davis Auditorium of the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts at the Quadrangle.

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New Museum’s Great Hall Addition to be Named SIS Hall

December 2, 2009

The Springfield Museums are pleased to announce that the great hall addition which is part of the new Museum of Springfield History will be named SIS Hall.

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December Museums à la Carte Program

November 17, 2009

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte program in December. Because of the holidays, there will be just one program in December.

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Stars Over Springfield at the Springfield Science Museum

November 17, 2009

The Springfield Science Museum's large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m.

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Have an Amazing Art Adventure at the Springfield Museums

November 13, 2009

The Springfield Museums' Family Fun series will continue on Friday, November 27, with "Amazing Art Adventures." Activities will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are free with museum admission unless noted.

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Walking Tour to Highlight Springfield Artist Chester Harding

November 5, 2009

Art historian and critic Gloria Russell will lead a walking tour through the Quadrangle neighborhood where artist Chester Harding once lived on Saturday, November 14, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The tour will begin at the Springfield Museums.

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Winslow Homer’s New Novel Featured in Watercolor Exhibition

October 29, 2009

Some of the finest watercolors at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts are now on view through Oct. 24, 2010, in the exhibition Watercolor Highlights from the Permanent Collection.

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Actress Brings Georgia O'Keeffe to Life

October 26, 2009

"Artful Lives: A Living Portrait of Georgia O'Keeffe" will be presented by Boston actress Robin Lane at the Michele and Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts on Sunday, Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. The program is free with the price of admission to the museum.

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Camera Obscured: Photograms by Paul Bloomfield

October 20, 2009

An exhibition of photographic images called "photograms" by Wilbraham artist Paul Bloomfield will be on view at the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts from Oct. 27, 2009, through Jan. 10, 2010. A free reception with the artist will be held on November 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the museum.

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November Museums à la Carte Programs

October 19, 2009

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in November. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Stars Over Springfield at the Springfield Science Museum

October 19, 2009

The Springfield Science Museum's large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, November 6, at 7:30 p.m. The program will be held rain or shine. If it is overcast, a planetarium show will be presented in place of telescope viewing.

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Science Museum Exhibits Photographs of Native American Sites in the Southwest

October 14, 2009

Stunning black and white photographs of ancient ruins in rugged deserts, caves, mesas and mountains will be on view at the Springfield Science Museum from October 17, 2009 through January 3, 2010, in the exhibition Sacred Places of the Southwest: Photographs by Claus Mroczynski.

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Halloween is Happening at the Springfield Museums

October 13, 2009

Wear your Halloween costume to the Springfield Museums on Saturday, October 24, for some “Halloween Happenings.” Activities will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are free with museum admission unless noted.

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Historians to Discuss Abolitionist John Brown’s Years in Springfield

September 30, 2009

In recognition of the 150th anniversary of the ill-fated raid on Harpers Ferry, the Springfield Museums will host the panel discussion Emergence of a Radical: John Brown in Springfield, on Sunday, Oct. 18, at 2 p.m., in the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. The program is free with museum admission.

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Wood Engravings by Asa Cheffetz on View at Museum

September 30, 2009

Wood engravings by the celebrated, self-taught artist Asa Cheffetz are on view in the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts through March 28, 2010 in the exhibition Asa Cheffetz: Master Wood Engraver.

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October Museums à la Carte Programs

September 28, 2009

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in October. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Stars Over Springfield at the Springfield Science Museum

September 28, 2009

The Springfield Science Museum’s large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m. The program will be held rain or shine. If it is overcast, a planetarium show will be presented in place of telescope viewing.

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New Museum of Springfield History to Open October 10

September 24, 2009

The new Museum of Springfield History will open to the public on Saturday, October 10, at 11 a.m. The 40,000-square-foot museum highlights Springfield’s rich history of innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Springfield Museums Announce $4.3 Million Gift for the new Museum of Springfield History

September 23, 2009

At the close of the annual meeting of the Springfield Museums on September 23, Chairman of the Board Richard B. Collins announced a $4.3 million gift from an anonymous donor. The donor has requested that the gift remain anonymous until the spring of 2010, at which time the Museum of Springfield History will be named in the donor’s honor.

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Waterfowl Art on Exhibit at the Science Museum

September 15, 2009

Original paintings of antique waterfowl decoy will be on display in the Massachusetts 2010 Waterfowl Stamp Exhibit at the Springfield Science Museum from Sept. 18 through Oct. 4.

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Springfield Museums to Participate in 5th Annual Museum Day

September 14, 2009

The Springfield Museums will participate in the fifth annual Museum Day on Saturday, September 26, 2009. Museum Day is presented by Smithsonian magazine. The Springfield Museums, along with other museums nationwide, will be open free of charge to Smithsonian magazine readers and Smithsonian.com visitors.

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Ubora Award and Ahadi Youth Award Recipients to be Honored

August 25, 2009

The African Hall Subcommittee of the Springfield Museums will present the 18th annual Ubora Award and the 1st annual Ahadi Youth Award at a ceremony on Saturday, September 19, at 7 p.m., at the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts at the Quadrangle. Ronald A. Copes has been selected to receive the Ubora Award and Myles Postell-Reynolds will receive the Ahadi Award.

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Walking Tour to Highlight State Street Improvements

August 24, 2009

Brian Connors, Deputy Director of the City of Springfield's Office of Planning & Economic Development and member of the Springfield Preservation Trust, will lead a walking tour focused on the State Street corridor on Saturday, September 12, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The tour will begin at the Springfield Museums.

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Springfield Museums Host “LittleFest of Storytelling V”

August 24, 2009

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will host “LittleFest of Storytelling V” on Saturday, September 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The program is free. Activities planned for outdoors will be held inside if it rains.

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Admission to the Springfield Museums will be Free on September 4

August 24, 2009

Admission to the Springfield Museums will be free for everyone on Friday, September 4. The free admission will also include the special exhibition Grossology: The Impolite Science of the Human Body, which will close on September 6.

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Springfield Museums Announce Fall Hours and Admission

August 19, 2009

The Springfield Museums will resume fall hours on September 1. Hours at the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts and the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum are Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The Science Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

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September Museums à la Carte Programs

August 17, 2009

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in September. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Stars Over Springfield at the Springfield Science Museum

August 17, 2009

The Springfield Science Museum’s large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, Sept. 4, at 7:30 p.m. The program will be held rain or shine. If it is overcast, a planetarium show will be presented in place of telescope viewing.

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Discover Weird and Wacky Science at the Springfield Museums

July 31, 2009

The Springfield Museums' Summer Festival Days will continue August 10-14 with "Weird and Wacky Science." Activities are free with the price of museum admission unless noted.

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Science Museum Needs Volunteers

July 31, 2009

The Springfield Science Museum at the Quadrangle is recruiting volunteer docents to conduct tours and programs for children and adults.

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Walking Tour to Visit Outdoor Sculpture by Saint-Gaudens

July 23, 2009

Henry J. Duffy, Ph.D., Curator and Chief of Cultural Resources at the
Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in New Hampshire, will conduct a Springfield walking tour to see sculpture by Augustus Saint-Gaudens on Saturday, August 8, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

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Enter the Imaginary World of Grimm’s Fairy Tales at the Springfield Museums

July 23, 2009

The Springfield Museums’ Summer Festival Days will continue August 3-7 with "Grimm’s Fairy Tales." Activities are free with the price of museum admission unless noted.

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Celebrate Mexico at the Springfield Museums

July 17, 2009

The Springfield Museums' Summer Festival Days will continue July 27 through 31 with "Celebrate Mexico." Activities are free with the price of museum admission unless noted.

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Have a Magical Week at the Springfield Museums

July 8, 2009

The Springfield Museums' Summer Festival Days will continue July 20 through 24 with "Magnificent Magic." Activities are free with the price of museum admission unless noted.

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Mixing It Up: Digital Collage Paintings by Robert Masla

July 6, 2009

Digital collage paintings by artist and teacher Robert Masla will be on view at the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts from July 21 through October 18.

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It’s Bubble Mania at the Springfield Museums

June 30, 2009

The Springfield Museums’ Summer Festival Days will continue July 13 through 17 with “Bubble Mania.” Activities are free with the price of museum admission unless noted.

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Walking Tour to Visit Spanish-Style Architecture

June 30, 2009

Spanish-style architecture in Springfield will be the topic of a walking tour on Saturday, July 11, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Local historian Steve Shultis will point out downtown architectural features that are similar to those found in Spain. Some examples are the Mudéjar-style (Moorish) brickwork on some of the buildings and the alternating red and white stone on the South Congregational Church which is similar to stone work on the great Mosque of Córdoba.

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Summer Planetarium Schedule at the Springfield Science Museum

June 30, 2009

The following summer schedule of planetarium shows at the Springfield Science Museum will be in effect through August 30.

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Currier & Ives Exhibition Features Images of Animals

June 25, 2009

Currier & Ives are known for their idealized images of rural life in America. In keeping with this theme, the firm created many “parlor” prints of young children interacting with household pets and barnyard companions. A selection of these prints will be displayed in the exhibition Feathers and Fur: Animal Companions in Currier & Ives Prints, on view from June 30, 2009, through Jan. 24, 2010, in the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Celebrate Summer at the Springfield Museums

June 25, 2009

Family fun is in store for visitors to the Springfield Museums from July 6 through August 14 during “Summer Festival Days,” six-weeks of live performances, puppet shows, art activities, and hands-on science activities.

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Museums Add an Extra Day for the Summer

June 19, 2009

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will be open seven days a week from June 29 through August 31.

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July Museums à la Carte Programs

June 19, 2009

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in July. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Sun to Power Championship in Springfield

May 28, 2009

Hundreds of middle school students from across the Northeast will converge on the Springfield Museums' Quadrangle on June 14 to compete in the 11th annual Northeast Regional Junior Solar Sprint model solar car competition organized by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA). Racing begins at 10 a.m. and is open to the public. Awards will be presented at 3 p.m.

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In Search of Early-19th-Century Springfield

May 26, 2009

Downtown Springfield's rapid development in the period between the Civil War and World War I led to the loss of most early buildings. On Saturday, June 13, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, local historian Bob McCarroll will lead a walking tour of houses remaining from the first half of the 19th century. Built when Springfield was still a town, these homes represent Federal and Greek Revival styles which predated the Victorian age.

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June Museums à la Carte Programs

May 18, 2009

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in June. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Museum Celebrates its 75th Anniversary

May 13, 2009

The Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts will celebrate its 75th anniversary with a multi-gallery exhibition that highlights the history of the museum through the artwork it has acquired, exhibited, and loaned through the years. A Tradition of Excellence: The D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts Celebrates 75 Years will be on view from May 29, 2009, through February 21, 2010.

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Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body is a Giggly Biology Lesson for Kids

May 4, 2009

Eeewww, that's gross! Learn all about the biological functions that go on daily in our bodies at the exhibit Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body,
on view at the Springfield Science Museum from May 23 through September 6, 2009.

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Walking Tour to Visit Buildings by Henry Hobson Richardson

April 29, 2009

Ben Murphy, president of the Springfield Preservation Trust, will lead a walking tour focused on the architecture of the great 19th-century architect Henry Hobson Richardson on Saturday, May 9, from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

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Science Museum Celebrates Astronomy Day

April 16, 2009

The Springfield Museums' Weekend Family Fun series will continue with Astronomy Day on Saturday, May 2. Activities will take place at the Springfield Science Museum from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are free with museum admission unless noted.

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Alternative Visual Energy: Photo Collage by George Jacobi

April 15, 2009

Photo collage by Connecticut photographer George Jacobi is on view in the Community Gallery at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts through July 12 in the exhibition Alternative Visual Energy.

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Stars Over Springfield at the Springfield Science Museum

April 15, 2009

The Springfield Science Museum's large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m. The program will be held rain or shine.

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May Museums à la Carte Programs

April 15, 2009

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in May. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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April Vacation Week Activities Highlight Earth Day

April 3, 2009

The Springfield Museums will celebrate Earth Day with the annual Earth Day Festival on April 19 followed by "Earth Week: Go Green," a week of Earth-friendly school vacation week activities. Activities are free with museum admission unless noted.

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The History of Retail in Springfield to be Subject of Walking Tour

March 31, 2009

Guy McLain, Director of the Springfield History Museums, will lead a walking tour on Saturday, April 11, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, to discuss the rise and fall of shopping in the city.

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Meet the Puppet Creatures that Live in Sylvia’s Magic Trunk

March 31, 2009

The Springfield Museums' Family Fun series will continue on Friday, April 10, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. with "Sylvia and the Magic Trunk." Activities are free with the price of museum admission unless noted.

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Wild Life Captured: Woodcuts by Elliot Offner

March 26, 2009

Woodcuts by the American painter, sculptor and printmaker Elliot Offner will be on view from April 7 through September 27, 2009, at the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts in the exhibition Wild Life Captured.

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April Museums à la Carte Programs

March 16, 2009

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in April. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Stars Over Springfield at the Springfield Science Museum

March 16, 2009

The Springfield Science Museum's large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. The program will be held rain or shine. If it is overcast, a planetarium show will be presented in place of telescope viewing.

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Teatro Vida Youth Ensemble to Perform at Museum

March 12, 2009

Teatro Vida will present their second season's original multi-media performance, "...and literacy for all," on Sunday, March 29, at 2 p.m. in the Davis Auditorium of the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts at the Quadrangle.

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Springfield Museums Seek Award Nominations

March 11, 2009

Nominations are still being accepted for the 2009 Ubora Award (Swahili for Excellence) sponsored by the African Hall Subcommittee of the Springfield Museums. The committee has honored an outstanding African-American in the Greater Springfield community yearly since 1992.

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Decorative Arts Expert to Speak at Museum

March 11, 2009

William Hosley, executive director of the New Haven Museum and Historical Society, will present a program about The Japan Craze on Saturday, March 28, at 1 p.m. at the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts in Springfield.

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Stars Over Springfield at the Springfield Science Museum

February 18, 2009

The Springfield Science Museum's large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. The program will be held rain or shine. If it is overcast, a planetarium show will be presented in place of telescope viewing.

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March Museums à la Carte Programs

February 18, 2009

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in March. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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American Watercolor Society Exhibition on View

February 17, 2009

The Michele & Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts will host the American Watercolor Society's 141st Annual International Exhibition from March 3 through May 3.

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Catch the Vibe…Dr. Seuss is 105!

February 13, 2009

The Springfield Museums' Weekend Family Fun series will continue on Saturday, February 28, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. with a birthday bash for Dr. Seuss. The snow date is Sunday, March 1. Theodor Seuss Geisel was born in Springfield on March 2, 1904.

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Museum School Offers Spring Courses for Children and Adults

February 13, 2009

Registration for spring courses for children and adults at the Museum School of the Springfield Museums begins February 23.

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Spend February Vacation with Dinosaurs & Reptiles

February 3, 2009

The Springfield Museums have planned a week of prehistoric fun during February school vacation. "Dinosaurs, Reptiles & Birds, Oh My!" activities will be offered from February 16 through 20 and are free with museum admission unless noted.

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Have a Night at the Museum

February 3, 2009

The Springfield Museums' Family Fun series will continue with A Night at the Museum Pajama Party on Wednesday, February 18, from 6-9 p.m. at the Science Museum.

Youngsters are encouraged to wear their favorite pair of pajamas. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 3-17, including Springfield residents. Admission for members of the Springfield Museums is $4 for adults and $2 for children.

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Enjoy Weekend Family Fun with Reptiles and Dinosaurs

January 26, 2009

The Springfield Museums' Weekend Family Fun series will continue on Sunday, February 8, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. with "Dinosaurs, Reptiles and Birds." Activities are free with the price of museum admission unless noted.

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Dinosaurs are Coming to Springfield

January 26, 2009

Huge, moving, roaring dinosaurs are invading the Science Museum from Feb. 7 through May 10, 2009, in the exhibition Reptiles, Dinosaurs and Birds: The Real Connection.

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Nominees Being Sought for Annual Ubora Award

January 20, 2009

The African Hall Subcommittee of the Springfield Museums is seeking nominations for the 18th annual Ubora Award. The award is presented to an African-American individual who has demonstrated a commitment to the Springfield community and exhibited excellence in the fields of community service, science, education, humanities or the arts. Nominations must be received by March 31, 2009.

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February Museums à la Carte Programs

January 20, 2009

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in February. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Exhibit of Currier & Ives Prints Features Religious Themes

January 6, 2009

Although the firm of Currier & Ives is known primarily for its idealized images of rural life in America, the firm also published more than 350 lithographs featuring religious and moralistic themes. A selection of these will be on view at the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts from January 20 through June 7 in the exhibition Divinity: Religious Images by Currier & Ives.

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KLS Magic Castle Puppet Theatre

Make a Splash at the Springfield Museums Family Fun Program

January 6, 2009

The Springfield Museums' Family Fun series will continue on Monday, January 19, with "Under the Sea." Activities will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are free with museum admission unless noted.

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Portraits of Women on view at the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts

January 5, 2009

Echoes: Portraits of the Female Spirit, an exhibition of mixed media paintings by Amherst, Mass., artist Oriole Farb Feshbach, will be featured from January 13-April 5 in the Community Gallery at the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Stars Over Springfield at the Springfield Science Museum

December 22, 2008

The Springfield Science Museum's large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, Jan. 2, at 7:30 p.m. The program will be held rain or shine. If it is overcast, a planetarium show will be presented in place of telescope viewing.

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Finding Fantasy: One Artist's Journey

January Museums à la Carte Programs

December 22, 2008

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in January. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Spend December Vacation at the Museums

December 12, 2008

Enter the magical world of lords, ladies and knights in shining armor at the Springfield Museums. "Medieval Days" activities will be offered from December 26 through 30 and are free with museum admission unless noted.

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Panel to Discuss African American Visual Art of the 1960s and 1970s

December 5, 2008

A roundtable panel about African American visual art of the 1960s and 1970s will take place at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 1 p.m.

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December Museums à la Carte Programs

November 24, 2008

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in December. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Stars Over Springfield at the Springfield Science Museum

November 24, 2008

The Springfield Science Museum's large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m.

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Italian Watercolors on view at the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts

November 18, 2008

Seldom-displayed watercolors collected by George Walter Vincent Smith between 1884 and 1887 are on view until October 25, 2009, at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts in the exhibition The Allure of Italy: Late 19th-century Italian Watercolors.

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Debbie O'Carroll as Alice Kazoo

Have a Magical Friday at the Springfield Museums

November 17, 2008

The Springfield Museums' Weekend Family Fun series will continue on Friday, Nov. 28, with "Abra-Kid-Abra II: Magic in Motion." Activities will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are free with museum admission unless noted.

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Debbie O'Carroll as Alice Kazoo

Have a Magical Friday at the Springfield Museums

November 17, 2008

The Springfield Museums' Weekend Family Fun series will continue on Friday, Nov. 28, with "Abra-Kid-Abra II: Magic in Motion." Activities will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are free with museum admission unless noted.

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Cactus-Covered Roof No. 1

Photography Exhibit Recalls Life on the Frontier

November 13, 2008

Richard Buswell: Traces - Montana's Frontier Revisited, an exhibition of more than 50 black and white photographs, will be on view at the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts from November 25, 2008, through February 22, 2009.

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China Program

October 27, 2008

The Springfield Museums' Weekend Family Fun series will continue on Sunday, November 9, with "Celebrate China." Activities will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are free with museum admission unless noted.

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A Passion for Pandas

October 27, 2008

A collection of panda fine art and crafts will be on view in the Springfield Science Museum from November 9, 2008-January 4, 2009, in the special exhibition A Passion for Pandas.

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Stars Over Springfield

October 21, 2008

The Springfield Science Museum's large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m.

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November Museums à la Carte

October 21, 2008

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in November. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Michele and Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Rosalita's Puppets

Halloween Program

October 13, 2008

The Springfield Museums' Weekend Family Fun series will continue on Saturday, October 25, with "A Halloween Mystery of Springfield History." Activities will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are free with museum admission unless noted.

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Museums Open Columbus Day

October 13, 2008

The Springfield Museums will open be Monday, October 13, for Columbus Day.

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Native American Pow Wow

October 6, 2008

The Springfield Museums will celebrate fall with a Native American Pow Wow on Saturday, October 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Quadrangle grounds. The Pow Wow is part of the Museums' Weekend Family Fun series sponsored by TD Banknorth.

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Local Artist Exhibition

September 30, 2008

Paintings by local artist Holly S. Murray will be on view in the Community Gallery at the Michele & Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts from October 14, 2008-January 4, 2009, in the special exhibition Endangered Species.

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October Walking Tour

September 28, 2008

Dr. Cecelia Gross, chair of the History/Political Science Department at Springfield Technical Community College, will lead a walking tour to sites of significance in African-American history on Saturday, October 11, from 10:30 a.m.-noon.

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Car Show Rescheduled

September 25, 2008

Springfield's World of Wheels car and motorcycle show has been rescheduled to Saturday, October 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Automobiles from every decade since 1893 will be exhibited along with vintage motorcycles on the museum grounds at the Quadrangle.

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New Trustees Elected

September 24, 2008

The Corporators of the Springfield Museums, at their annual meeting on September 24, elected three new Trustees to three-year terms. They are: Francis J. Cataldo, Jr., Helen R. Caulton-Harris, and Michael Rollings.

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October Museums à la Carte

September 22, 2008

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in October. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Michele and Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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Stars Over Springfield

September 22, 2008

The Springfield Science Museum's large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m.

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Car Show

September 9, 2008

The Springfield Museums will pay tribute to Springfield's role in transportation history with the Springfield's World of Wheels car and motorcycle show on Saturday, September 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the museum grounds at the Quadrangle. Automobiles from every decade since 1893 will be exhibited along with vintage motorcycles.

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<i>Boy and Goose</i> by Eliza Draper Gardiner

Print Exhibition

September 9, 2008

A selection of twenty 19th- and 20th-century color woodblock prints from the permanent collection of the Michele and Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts will be on view from September 9, 2008, through March 8, 2009.

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Teacher Workshop

September 4, 2008

The Springfield Museums will hold an Open House for principals, teachers and PTO leaders from Pre-K through 12th grade schools on Wednesday, October 1, from 3:30-6:30 p.m. The event will help school educators learn about the Museums and how a field trip can supplement classroom study. Admission is free with a school ID. Teachers may bring one guest free of charge. Refreshments will be served. Advance registration is required.

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Travel Opportunity

September 4, 2008

Space is still available in "Art and History in Our Nation's Capital," a museum-sponsored trip to Washington, D.C., scheduled for Oct. 2-5, 2008.

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September Walking Tour

September 2, 2008

Architect Stephen Jablonski will conduct a walking tour around the Quadrangle-Mattoon Street neighborhood on Saturday, September 13, from 10:30 a.m.-noon.

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Ubora Award Recipient

September 2, 2008

Mrs. Allyson Gouzounis has been selected to receive the 17th annual Ubora Award from the African Hall Subcommittee of the Springfield Museums. The award will be presented at a ceremony on Saturday, September 20, at 7 p.m. at the Michele and Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts. The presentation will be followed by a reception at the Springfield Science Museum across the Quadrangle.

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LittleFest of Storytelling

August 26, 2008

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will host "LittleFest of Storytelling IV" on Saturday, September 13, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event is free for Springfield residents. Activities planned for outdoors will be held inside if it rains.

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Architect's Rendering of Phase II

New Museum of Springfield History

August 20, 2008

The Board of Trustees of the Springfield Museums have voted to proceed with the construction of Phase II of the new Museum of Springfield History.

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Stars Over Springfield

August 15, 2008

The Springfield Science Museum's large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, September 5, at 7:30 p.m.

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September Museums à la Carte

August 15, 2008

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in September. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Michele and Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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August Walking Tour

July 29, 2008

Robert McCarroll, retired city planner and a member of the Springfield Historic Commission, will lead a walking tour past several significant Springfield churches on Saturday, August 9, from 10:30 a.m.-noon.

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Summer Festival Days Week 6

July 28, 2008

Enjoy performances of some of your Favorite Fables during Summer Festival Days from August 12-15 at the Springfield Museums. Activities are free with the price of museum admission unless noted.

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Free Outdoor Concerts

July 24, 2008

The Springfield Museums and the Armoury-Quadrangle Civic Association (AQCA) will host "Wednesdays in the Park," a series of free jazz concerts by local musicians. The concerts will be held on Wednesdays in August from 6:30-8 p.m. on the Quadrangle green.

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Summer Festival Days Week 5

July 21, 2008

Summer Festival Days at the Springfield Museums will continue from Aug. 5-8 with "Summer Carnival." Activities are free with the price of museum admission unless noted.

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Youth Course

July 17, 2008

Space is still available for Textile Design for Teens.

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Extended Hours

July 16, 2008

In response to summer attendance patterns and visitor interest, the Springfield Museums are expanding their hours to include Mondays through August 24.

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Local Artist Exhbition

July 15, 2008

An exhibition of watercolor paintings by the late Springfield-born artist Robert Woolfe will be on view from July 22 through September 28 at the Michele and Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts. A reception with members of Woolfe's family will be held on July 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the museum. The reception is free and open to the public.

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Mosaic Course and Public Art Project

July 15, 2008

Artist Robert Markey will present a two-day Mosaic Workshop for adults at the Springfield Museums on August 7 and 8, from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Participants will work with stone, glass and ceramic tiles and learn the techniques of cutting and grouting to complete two pieces. For more information or to register for the class, call the Museum School at 413.263.6800, ext. 377 or 378.

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Summer Festival Days Week 4

July 14, 2008

Summer Festival Days at the Springfield Museums will continue from July 29 through August 1 with "Out of This World" four days of space-themed activities for families. Programs are free with the price of museum admission unless noted.

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Governor Appoints Museum Executive to Foundation Board

July 7, 2008

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has reappointed Joseph Carvalho, president and executive director of the Springfield Museums, to the board of directors of the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities (MFH). Carvalho is one of only six of the foundation's 25 board members who are appointed by the governor.

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Summer Festival Days Week 3

July 7, 2008

Summer Festival Days at the Springfield Museums will continue from July 22 through 25 with "Puppet Festival Week." Activities are free with the price of museum admission unless noted.

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Summer Festival Days Week 2

June 30, 2008

Summer Festival Days at the Springfield Museums will continue from July 15 through 18 with "Amazing Adventures Week." Activities are free with the price of museum admission unless noted.

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July Walking Tour

June 26, 2008

Ed Lonergan, a local historian and Springfield reference librarian, will lead a walking tour in the Ridgewood Historic District in Springfield Saturday, July 12, from 10:30 a.m.-noon.

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<b>Left:</b> <i>Girl with Pearl Earring</i>, Johannes Vermeer, 1665; <b>Right:</b> <i>Girl with Piercings</i>, Ellen Catherwood, 2006

Realism Exhibition

June 23, 2008

The New Reality: The Frontier of Realism in the 21st Century, an exhibition that compares contemporary Realism painting with its historical predecessors, will be on view at the Michele and Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts from July 15 through November 16.

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Mystic Paper Beasts Theater Company

Summer Festival Days

June 23, 2008

Family fun is in store for visitors to the Springfield Museums from July 8 through August 15 during "Summer Festival Days," six-weeks of live performances, arts and crafts workshops and hands-on science activities.

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July Museums à la Carte

June 19, 2008

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in July. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Museum of Fine Arts.

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Museum Temporarily Closed

June 19, 2008

The Michele and Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts at the Quadrangle will be closed for electrical upgrades from Tuesday, June 24 through Friday, June 27. The other three Springfield Museums and the Dr. Seuss Sculpture Garden will be open regular hours.

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Youth Summer Courses

June 19, 2008

Registration is underway for summer courses for children and teens at the Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle. For complete course descriptions and information about scholarships, call the Museum School at 413.263.6800, ext. 377, or log onto www.springfieldmuseums.org/learn. On-line registration is available.

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Grant Announcement

June 18, 2008

The National Endowment for the Humanities announced yesterday it awarded $600,000 to the Springfield Museums Association for the construction of a local history museum adjacent to the Quadrangle.

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June Walking Tour

June 4, 2008

Springfield architect William Devlin will lead a walking tour in the Quadrangle-Mattoon Street area on Saturday, May 14, from 10:30 a.m.-noon.

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Teacher Open House

June 4, 2008

The Springfield Museums will hold an Open House for principals, teachers and PTO leaders from Pre-K through 12th grade schools on Tuesday, August 19, from 2:30-5:30 p.m. The event will help school educators learn about the Museums and how a field trip can supplement classroom study.

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New Dinosaur Exhibit

June 2, 2008

What was a dinosaur's family life like? Discover the answers in the exhibition Hatching the Past: The Great Dinosaur Egg Hunt, on view from June 14 through September 28 at the Springfield Science Museum.

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Anonymous Donors Revealed

May 29, 2008

The Springfield Museums have announced the identity of the previously anonymous donors for whom the Museum of Fine Arts is to be named. The museum will now be known as the Michele and Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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June Museums à la Carte

May 28, 2008

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in June. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Museum of Fine Arts.

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Multi-media Performance

May 28, 2008

I Sing My Name!, a multi-media performance by the new theatrical group Teatro Vida, will be presented on June 13 and 14 at 7 p.m. in the Davis Auditorium of the Museum of Fine Arts at the Quadrangle.

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New Currier & Ives Exhibit

May 28, 2008

The lithography firm of Currier & Ives produced more than 8,000 images, including pictures of newsworthy events and prints that reflected familiar all-American themes such as farm life, home and children, religion, sports and leisure, and westward expansion. To design their prints, the company used staff artists who are unknown today as well as a group of celebrated American artists. The work of some of these well-known artists will be highlighted in the exhibition Behind the Scenes: The Artists Who Worked for Currier & Ives, on view from June 10, 2008 through January 18, 2009, at the Museum of Fine Arts.

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Model Solar Car Competition

May 28, 2008

Hundreds of middle school students from across the Northeast will converge on the Springfield Museums' Quadrangle on June 8 to compete in the 11th annual Northeast Regional Junior Solar Sprint model solar car competition organized by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA). Racing begins at 10 a.m. and the public is invited.

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Astronomy Day

April 28, 2008

The Springfield Science Museum will celebrate Astronomy Day on Saturday, May 10, from noon to 4 p.m. Weather permitting, visitors can look at sunspots through specially-filtered telescopes set up on the Quadrangle grounds. Jack Megas of the Springfield Stars Club will display his meteorite collection in the museum and give informal presentations throughout the afternoon. Special visits to the museum's large rooftop observatory will also be offered.

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May Walking Tour

April 28, 2008

Automotive historian Keith Korbut will lead a preview tour of the transportation exhibit in the new Museum of Springfield History at the Quadrangle on Saturday, May 10, from 10:30 a.m.-noon.

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May Museums à la Carte

April 21, 2008

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in May. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Museum of Fine Arts.

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Stars Over Springfield

April 21, 2008

The Springfield Science Museum's large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m.

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Student Art Exhibition

April 21, 2008

Springfield high school art students will showcase their work at the Museum of Fine Arts in the special exhibition Creativity Captured: Student Art from the Springfield Public Schools, on view now through July 13, 2008. A free reception with the young artists will be held on Thursday, May 1, from 5-7 p.m. at the museum.

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Teacher Open House

April 14, 2008

The Springfield Museums will hold a special Teacher Open House for principals, teachers and PTO organizers from Pre-K through 12th grade schools on Tuesday, August 19, from 2:30-5:30 p.m. The event is designed to help school educators learn about the Museums and how a field trip can supplement classroom study.

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Celebrate Earth Day

April 4, 2008

The Springfield Science Museum will celebrate Earth Day with the annual Earth Day Festival on April 20 followed by "It's Cool to be Green," a week of Earth-friendly school vacation week activities. Activities are free with museum admission unless noted.

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MassMutual Grant Announced

April 1, 2008

The Springfield Museums are pleased to announce a $150,000 Capital Campaign grant from MassMutual Financial Group for the new Museum of Springfield History.
Construction of the new museum is underway in the former Verizon office building on Edwards Street, adjacent to the Springfield Museums' Quadrangle.

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April Walking Tour

March 24, 2008

Richard Colton, historian for the Springfield Armory National Historic Site, will lead a walking tour of the site of Shays's Rebellion on the Armory grounds on Saturday, April 12, from 10:30 a.m.-noon. The tour will begin and end at the Springfield Museums on the Quadrangle at 21 Edwards Street.

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April Stars Over Springfield

March 18, 2008

The Springfield Science Museum's large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m.

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April Museums à la Carte

March 18, 2008

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in April. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Museum of Fine Arts.

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Documentary Film

March 14, 2008

As Seen Through These Eyes, a documentary film in which Holocaust survivors tell their stories through the art they created during their imprisonment, will be shown at the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts on Sunday, March 30, at 1 p.m. The film is part of the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival and is co-sponsored by the Hatikvah Holocaust Education Center.

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Travel Opportunity

March 10, 2008

Reservations are still being accepted for the spring trip to Paris offered by the Museum School.

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Dino Fun Friday

March 10, 2008

The Springfield Museums will present an afternoon of dinosaur fun on Friday, March 21, from noon until 4 p.m. The program is part of the Weekend Family Fun series and is sponsored by TD Banknorth. Dino Fun Friday activities are free with museum admission unless noted.

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Teacher Workshop

March 4, 2008

The Museum of Fine Arts will present "The Other Side of Currier & Ives," a two-part teacher workshop on Monday, April 7, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Monday, April 14 from 4 -6:30 p.m. Participants will learn how to teach American history using images from the museum's large collection of 19th-century Currier & Ives prints. The deadline to register for the workshop is March 14.

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Photography Exhibition

February 25, 2008

Stunning photographs of Antarctica will be on view at the Museum of Fine Arts from March 25 through June 1 in the Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition Wondrous Cold: An Antarctic Journey.

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Spring Courses

February 22, 2008

Registration is underway for spring courses and travel at the Museum School of the Springfield Museums.

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Watercolor Workshop

February 22, 2008

Space is still available in a one-day watercolor workshop scheduled for Wednesday, Mar. 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum on the Quadrangle.

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Japanese Prints Exhibition

February 21, 2008

Woodblock prints inspired by animals both real and imagined will be on view at the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts from March 4-September 7, 2008, in the exhibition Curious Creatures: Japanese Prints from the Permanent Collection.

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Dr. Seuss Birthday Bash

February 19, 2008

The Springfield Museums' Weekend Family Fun series will continue on Saturday, March 1, with a birthday bash for Dr. Seuss. Theodor Seuss Geisel was born in Springfield on March 2, 1904.

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March Stars Over Springfield

February 18, 2008

The Springfield Science Museum's large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m.

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March Museums à la Carte

February 18, 2008

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in March. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Museum of Fine Arts.

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Blues in Our Blood Exhibition

February 8, 2008

The lives of two famous members of an African-American family in Springfield will be explored in the special exhibition Blues in Our Blood: The Artistic Evolution of Taj Mahal and Carole Fredericks, on view at the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum from February 15 through November 9, 2008.

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Drum-Making Workshop

February 5, 2008

Space is still available in a one-day Native American drum-making workshop scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum on the Quadrangle.

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Lunar Eclipse Party

February 4, 2008

The Springfield Museums' Family Fun series will continue with "Night of the Disappearing Moon," a special evening program on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Springfield Science Museum. The event has been scheduled in conjunction with a total lunar eclipse and will be held rain or shine.

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School Vacation Week Programs

February 4, 2008

The Springfield Museums have planned a week of prehistoric fun during February school vacation. "Dynamic Dinosaurs" activities will be offered from February 18 through 22 and are free with museum admission unless noted.

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Ubora Award Nominations

February 1, 2008

The African Hall Subcommittee of the Springfield Museums is seeking nominations for the 17th annual Ubora Award. The award is presented to an African-American individual who has demonstrated a commitment to the Springfield community and exhibited excellence in the fields of community service, science, education, humanities or the arts. Nominations must be received by March 31, 2008.

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Dinosaur Weekend Family Fun

January 31, 2008

The Springfield Museums' Weekend Family Fun series will continue on Saturday, February 9, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. with "Discovering Dinosaurs." Activities are free with the price of museum admission unless noted.

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Abstract Paintings

January 24, 2008

The exhibit Abstract Paintings by Douglas Deihl is on view through April 13 in the Community Gallery at the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts.

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PT Boat Exhibit Extended

January 24, 2008

The special exhibition The Mosquito Fleet: World War II PT Boats, on view at the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum, has been extended through June 29. (The original closing date was Feb. 24.)

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Dinosaurs are Back!

January 23, 2008

Giant moving, roaring dinosaurs are invading the Science Museum from Feb. 9 through May 11, 2008, in the exhibition Dinosaurs! Land, Sea and Air.

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February Museums à la Carte Programs

January 22, 2008

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in February. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Museum of Fine Arts.

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Stars Over Springfield

January 22, 2008

The Springfield Science Museum's large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, February 1, at 7:30 p.m.

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Stained Glass Lecture

January 15, 2008

The Worship of Wealth: Stained Glass in the Homes of the Rich will be the topic of a talk by stained glass conservator Julie Sloan on Sunday, January 27, at 2 p.m. at the Museum of Fine Arts. The talk is free with the price of museum admission. Coffee and cookies will be served.

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The Burning of New York's Crystal Palace

New Currier & Ives Exhibit

January 7, 2008

Prints showing important 19th-century events and social phenomena will be on view at the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts from January 15 through June 8, 2008, in the special exhibition Extra! Extra! Currier & Ives and the Mass Media.

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Exhibition Schedule

January 7, 2008

Exhibits at the Springfield Museums.

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Family Fun Program

January 7, 2008

The Springfield Museums' Weekend Family Fun series will continue on Sunday, January 20, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. with Animal Adventures.

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January Museums à la Carte

December 17, 2007

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in January. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Museum of Fine Arts.

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Artist Lecture

December 17, 2007

Glass artist Josh Simpson will speak about his work on Sunday, January 6, at 2 p.m. at the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts. The talk is free with the price of museum admission.

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SIS Charitable Fund Grant Announced

December 13, 2007

The Springfield Museums Association announced yesterday that it has received a $725,000 grant from the SIS Charitable Fund to be used for renovations of the new Museum of Springfield History.

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School Vacation Fun

December 4, 2007

Families are invited to enter the magical world of lords, ladies and knights in shining armor during "Medieval Days" at the Springfield Museums from December 26-29. Activities are free with the price of museum admission unless noted.

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<i>Woman with a Dog</i> by Pierre Bonnard

New Watercolor Exhibition

November 28, 2007

A group of colorful watercolors will be on view in the Starr Gallery at the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts from December 4, 2007 through October 26, 2008, in the special exhibition At Play: Leisure Time Portrayed in Watercolor.

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Museum Grants Heralded

November 22, 2007

The Springfield Museums yesterday announced a $4 million gift, one of the largest donations ever received by the private, nonprofit association.

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150th Anniversary Exhibition

November 15, 2007

Hundreds of unusual objects, ranging from a Fijian war club to a little girl's needlework sampler from the early 1800s to "gold" Santa Claus coins handed out by the former Johnson's Bookstore, are on view at the Springfield Science Museum until January 6 in the exhibition 150 Years of Giving: Collectors and their Contributions.

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Stars Over Springfield

November 14, 2007

The Springfield Science Museum's large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, December 7, at 7:30 p.m.

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Museums à la Carte

November 14, 2007

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in December. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Museum of Fine Arts.

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Thanksgiving Weekend Fun

November 7, 2007

The Springfield Museums' Weekend Family Fun series will continue with "AbraKIDabra" on Friday, November 23, and "Winter Wishes" on Saturday, November 24. Activities are free with the price of museum admission unless noted. Weekend Family Fun programs are sponsored by TD Banknorth.

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Photo by Tommy Olof Elder

Josh Simpson Exhibition

November 5, 2007

Josh Simpson: A Visionary Journey in Glass, 1972-2007, a retrospective exhibition highlighting more than three decades of glassblowing by one of the most acclaimed artists in the field, will be on view from November 20, 2007 through February 3, 2008 at the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts.

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Museum Executives Complete Leadership Program

October 18, 2007

Joseph Carvalho, president and executive director of the Springfield Museums, and Holly Smith-Bové, the Museums' chief financial officer, recently completed the Achieving Excellence executive leadership program for non-profit cultural organizations in Massachusetts.

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Teacher Workshop

October 17, 2007

The Museum of Fine Arts will present a two-part teacher workshop on Saturday, Nov. 3 and 17 from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Participants will learn how to teach American history using images from the museum's collection of more than 800 Currier & Ives prints.

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Safari Dan

Halloween Program

October 16, 2007

The Springfield Museums' Weekend Family Fun series will continue on Saturday, October 27, with "Hairy Scary Halloween." Activities will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are free with museum admission unless noted.

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November Museums à la Carte

October 15, 2007

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in November. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Museum of Fine Arts.

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Stars Over Springfield

October 15, 2007

The Springfield Science Museum's large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, November 2, at 7:30 p.m.

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Walking Tour

October 15, 2007

Richard Colton, historian at the Springfield Armory National Historic Site, will lead a walking tour of the grounds of the Springfield Armory on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10:30 a.m. until noon. The tour will begin and end at the Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle, 21 Edwards Street.

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Native American Pow Wow

October 8, 2007

The Springfield Museums will celebrate fall with a Native American Pow Wow on Saturday, October 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Quadrangle grounds. The Pow Wow is part of the Museums' Weekend Family Fun series sponsored by TD Banknorth. The event is presented in collaboration with the Native American Intertribal Council of Western Massachusetts.

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Museums Birthday Party

October 2, 2007

The Springfield Museums will celebrate their 150th anniversary with a "Big Birthday Bash" on Sunday, October 14, from 1 to 3 p.m. The event will feature free family entertainment and birthday cake. Weekend Family Fun programs are sponsored by T.D. Banknorth.

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Free Family Activities

September 25, 2007

The Springfield Museums will offer a regular schedule of free drop-in science and art activities for families this fall.

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New Planetarium Schedule

September 24, 2007

The following schedule of planetarium shows at the Springfield Science Museum will begin October 5.

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Walking Tour

September 20, 2007

Springfield historian Robert McCarroll will conduct a walking tour through the area around Classical Condominiums on Saturday, October 13, from 10:30 a.m.-noon. The tour will begin and end at the Springfield Museums at 21 Edwards Street.

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October Museums à la Carte

September 20, 2007

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in October. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Museum of Fine Arts.

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Stars Over Springfield

September 20, 2007

The Springfield Science Museum's large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, October 5, at 7:30 p.m.

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Local Artist Exhibition

September 11, 2007

Ruta Smilskalns, an artist from Wayland, Mass., creates intriguing work form the most common object in her sewing basket, colorful spools of thread. Her "Spool Paintings" will be on view in the Community Gallery at the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts from September 18, 2007 through January 13, 2008.

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New Print Exhibition

September 11, 2007

Etchings of bridges ranging from spans across the Thames River to the covered bridges of Vermont will be featured in Cross That Bridge: Prints from the Permanent Collection, on view at the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts through March 2, 2008.

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LittleFest of Storytelling III

September 10, 2007

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will host "LittleFest of Storytelling III" on Saturday, September 29, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event is free for Springfield residents.

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New History Museum Proposed

September 7, 2007

The Historical Commission last night unanimously approved a conceptual plan for a $7 million Museum of Springfield History to be built on Edwards Street.

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Car and Motorcycle Show

September 5, 2007

The Springfield Museums will pay tribute to Springfield's role in transportation history with the second annual Automobiles and Motorcycles of Distinction show on Saturday, September 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on the museum grounds at the Quadrangle. Automobiles from every decade since 1893 will be exhibited along with vintage motorcycles.

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Youth Courses

August 27, 2007

Registration for fall courses for children and teens at the Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will begin September 10. For complete course descriptions and information about scholarships, call the Museum School at 413.263.6800, ext. 377, or log onto www.springfieldmuseums.org/learn. On-line registration is available.

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Adult Courses and Trips

August 27, 2007

Registration for fall courses and trips for adults at the Museum School of the Springfield Museums begins September 10. For complete course descriptions and travel itineraries, call 413.263.6800, ext. 377, or log onto www.springfieldmuseums.org. On-line registration is available.

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Walking Tour

August 16, 2007

Architect and historian Stephen Jablonski will conduct a walking tour through the area surrounding Mattoon Street on Saturday, September 8, from 10:30 a.m.-noon. The tour will begin and end at the Springfield Museums at 21 Edwards Street.

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September Museums à la Carte

August 16, 2007

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in September. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Museum of Fine Arts.

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Stars Over Springfield

August 16, 2007

The Springfield Science Museum's large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, September 7, at 7:30 p.m.

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Opera Trip and Film Series

August 7, 2007

Music lovers can immerse themselves in opera this fall by attending a New York City opera premiere and a Sunday afternoon series of opera on film at the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts.

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Mark Binder

Ancient Culture Quest Week

August 2, 2007

Families are invited to explore ancient cultures at the Springfield Museums from August 14 through 17. The program is the final week of "Summer Festival Days," sponsored by Bank of America and the Eugene A. Dexter Charitable Fund through the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.

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August Walking Tour

August 2, 2007

Springfield historian Frances Gagnon will conduct a walking tour along State Street and talk about some of the dramatic events that have taken place on the stretch of the road from the river to Byers Street on Saturday, August 11, from 10:30 a.m.-noon. The tour will begin and end at the Springfield Museums on the Quadrangle at 21 Edwards Street.

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Summer Circus Week

July 25, 2007

"Summer Festival Days" performances and activities at the Springfield Museums will continue with Summer Circus Week from August 7 through 10.

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Here Be Dragons Week

July 19, 2007

"Summer Festival Days" performances and activities at the Springfield Museums will continue with "Here Be Dragons" week from July 31 through August 3.

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New Currier & Ives Exhibit

July 18, 2007

Some of the finest examples of prints produced by the lithography firm of Currier & Ives will be on view at the Museum of Fine Arts from July 19, 2007 through January 6, 2008 in the special exhibition Currier & Ives' Greatest Hits.

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Keith Johnson, "The Bubble Guy"

Magic of Science Week

July 13, 2007

"Summer Festival Days" at the Springfield Museums will continue with The Magic of Science Week from July 24 through 27.

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The Wesson Mansion

New History Exhibition

July 13, 2007

City of Homes, an exhibit exploring the ways Springfield builders, designers, manufacturers, merchants, and residents interpreted the concept of home, will be on view from July 18 through Jan. 20, 2008 at the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum at the Quadrangle.

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The Magpie Puppets present "Leopard Learns a Lesson."

African Safari Week

July 9, 2007

"Summer Festival Days" at the Springfield Museums will continue with African Safari Week from July 17 through 20.

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PT Boat Exhibition

July 2, 2007

A collection of World War II memorabilia will be on view at the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum at the Quadrangle from July 10, 2007, through February 24, 2008, in the special exhibition The Mosquito Fleet: World War II PT Boats.

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July Walking Tour

July 2, 2007

Interpretive naturalist and photographer John Green will lead a walking tour of the often-overlooked wonders of nature in our urban surroundings on Saturday, July 14, from 10:30 a.m.-noon. The tour will begin and end at the Springfield Museums on the Quadrangle at 21 Edwards Street.

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Summer Festival Days Begin

July 2, 2007

Family fun is in store for visitors to the Springfield Museums from July 10 through August 17 during "Summer Festival Days," six-weeks of live performances, arts and crafts workshops, hands-on science, and storytelling.

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July Museums à la Carte

June 15, 2007

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in July. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Museum of Fine Arts.

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Diner Stools

New Art Exhibition

June 15, 2007

Vintage household appliances covered with hundreds of colorful pieces of broken tempered glass will be on view from July 3 through October 14 at the Museum of Fine Arts in the exhibition Domestic Reflections: Smashed Glass Assemblage by Mo Ringey.

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Youth Courses

May 30, 2007

Registration is underway for summer courses for children and teens at the Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle. For complete course descriptions and information about scholarships, call the Museum School at 413-263-6800, ext. 377, or log onto www.springfieldmuseums.org/learn. On-line registration is available.

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Adult Courses and Trips

May 30, 2007

Registration is underway for summer courses and bus trips for adults at the Museum School of the Springfield Museums. For complete course descriptions and travel itineraries, call 413–263–6800, ext. 377, or log onto www.springfieldmuseums.org. On-line course registration is available.

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Contemporary Art Exhibit

May 29, 2007

A panoramic overview of 20th-century art is on display at the Museum of Fine Arts through October 21 in the special exhibition Seldom Seen: Contemporary Art from the Permanent Collection.

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June Museums à la Carte

May 15, 2007

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in June. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Museum of Fine Arts.

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Walking Tour

May 15, 2007

Dr. Cecelia Gross, chair of the History/Political Science Department at Springfield Technical Community College, will lead a walking tour to sites of importance to the 19th-century abolitionist movement on Saturday, June 9, from 10:30 a.m.-noon. The tour will begin and end at the Springfield Museums on the Quadrangle at 21 Edwards Street.

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Seuss Exhibit Extended

May 15, 2007

The special exhibition The Cat in the Hat Turns 50, on view at the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum, has been extended until August 26.

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Memorial Event

May 7, 2007

An event celebrating the life of community volunteer Janee Armstrong Friedmann will be held on Wednesday, May 16, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at Springfield Symphony Hall. The celebration is open to the public.

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Volunteer Opportunity

May 3, 2007

The George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum at the Quadrangle is recruiting volunteer docents to conduct tours and programs for children and adults.

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Nature Photography

April 25, 2007

Black and white photos by a camera artist from Leverett, Mass., are on view at the Museum of Fine Arts from May 8 through September 9 in the exhibition Explorations: Photographs by Robert Hallock. There will be a free reception with the photographer on Wednesday, June 6, from 5-7 p.m. at the museum.

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Walking Tour

April 25, 2007

Guy McLain, director of the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum, will lead a walking tour of the Quadrangle/Mattoon Street neighborhood on Saturday, May 12, from 10:30 a.m.-noon. The tour will begin and end at the Springfield Museums on the Quadrangle at 21 Edwards Street, off Chestnut Street.

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Japanese Children's Day

April 16, 2007

The Springfield Museums' Weekend Family Fun series will continue on Saturday, May 5, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with Japanese Children's Day. Activities are free with museum admission. Weekend Family Fun programs are sponsored by TD Banknorth.

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May Museums à la Carte

April 16, 2007

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in May. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Museum of Fine Arts.

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Stars Over Springfield

April 16, 2007

The Springfield Science Museum's large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m.

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Astronomy Day

April 16, 2007

The Springfield Science Museum will celebrate Astronomy Day on Saturday, April 21, from noon to 4 p.m. Weather permitting, visitors will have an opportunity to look at sunspots through specially-filtered telescopes set up on the Quadrangle by museum staff and volunteers from the Springfield Stars Club.

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Studio Art Classes

April 10, 2007

Space is still available in the following art classes for adults at the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum at the Quadrangle in Springfield.

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Earth Day Festival

April 3, 2007

The Springfield Science Museum will hold its 17th annual Earth Day celebration with a family festival on the Quadrangle green (indoors if it rains) and a city-wide clean-up of Springfield parks and conservation lands.

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Henry Lappan will perform on Monday, April 16.

April School Vacation Week

April 2, 2007

"Mother Nature/Father Time" will be the theme of April school vacation week activities from Monday, April 16 through Friday, April 20 at the Springfield Museums. Activities are free with the price of admission to the Museums unless noted.

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Walking Tour

March 30, 2007

Dr. Donald D'Amato, history professor at Springfield Technical Community College, will lead a walking tour along lower State Street on Saturday, April 14, from 10:30-noon. The tour will begin and end at the Springfield Museums on the Quadrangle at 21 Edwards Street, off Chestnut Street.

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Stars Over Springfield

March 15, 2007

The Springfield Science Museum's large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m.

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Youth Courses

March 15, 2007

Registration is underway for after-school and Saturday courses for children at the Museum School at the Quadrangle. For complete course descriptions and information about scholarships, call 413–263–6800, ext. 377, or log onto www.springfieldmuseums.org/learn. On-line registration is available.

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Adult Courses and Trips

March 15, 2007

Registration is underway for courses and trips for adults at the Museum School of the Springfield Museums. For complete course descriptions and travel itineraries, call 413–263–6800, ext. 377, or log onto www.springfieldmuseums.org/learn. On-line course registration is available.

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April Museums à la Carte

March 13, 2007

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in April. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Museum of Fine Arts.

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Documentary Films

February 26, 2007

The Museum of Fine Arts' Davis Auditorium will be the site of two documentary films presented in cooperation with two local organizations.

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Ubora Award Nominations

February 21, 2007

The African Hall Subcommittee of the Springfield Museums is seeking nominations for the 16th annual Ubora Award. The award is presented to an African-American individual who has demonstrated a commitment to the Springfield community and exhibited excellence in the fields of community service, science, education, humanities or the arts. Nominations must be received by March 31, 2007.

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<i>October Sun</i> by Ann Brauer

March Museums a la Carte

February 15, 2007

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in March. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Museum of Fine Arts.

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Stars Over Springfield

February 15, 2007

The Springfield Science Museum's large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m. The museum's telescope will zoom in on the ringed planet Saturn.

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Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration

February 15, 2007

The Springfield Museums' Weekend Family Fun series will continue on Saturday, March 3, with a birthday bash for Dr. Seuss. Theodor Seuss Geisel was born in Springfield on March 2, 1904.

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<i>Pigs V</i> by Blanche Lazzell

Women Printmakers

February 12, 2007

Prints by female artists are on view at the Museum of Fine Arts in Springfield through June 24, 2007, in the special exhibition Women in Print: Extraordinary Examples from the 20th Century.

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Currier & Ives Lecture

February 12, 2007

The Museum of Fine Arts' Currier & Ives 2007 lecture series will conclude on February 25, at 2 p.m., with "Currier & Ives and the Emergence of American Mass Media," presented by Daniel Czitrom, professor of history at Mount Holyoke College.

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New Dr. Seuss Exhibit

February 7, 2007

A selection of limited edition artwork from the Dr. Seuss estate will be on view at the Connecticut Valley Historical Museum at the Quadrangle from February 17 through May 27 in the special exhibition The Cat in the Hat Turns 50. The exhibition has been planned in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the publication of the famous Dr. Seuss book.

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Chinese New Year Celebration

February 6, 2007

The Springfield Museums' Weekend Family Fun series will continue on Sunday, Feb. 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with A Chinese New Year Celebration: The Year of the Boar. Activities are free with museum admission.

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School Vacation Fun

February 6, 2007

The Springfield Museums have planned a week of prehistoric fun during February school vacation. "Dinosaur Daze" activities will be offered from February 19 through 23 and are free with museum admission unless noted.

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Currier & Ives Lecture

February 1, 2007

The Museum of Fine Arts' Currier & Ives lecture series will continue on February 18, at 2 p.m., with "Currier & Ives' Greatest Hits," presented by Robert K. Newman, proprietor of The Old Print Shop in New York City. The talk is free with museum admission.

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Currier & Ives Exhibition

January 29, 2007

Patriotic images of American history and heroes are on view at the Museum of Fine Arts in Springfield through July 8, 2007, in the special exhibition Liberty & Justice: American Ideals Portrayed by Currier & Ives.

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<i>Western Exposure</i> by Janet Steadman

Contemporary Art Quilts

January 26, 2007

Quilt National '05, the fourteenth in a series of international juried competitions of art quilts, will be on view from February 13 through April 22, 2007, at the Museum of Fine Arts at the Quadrangle.

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Family Fun Program

January 25, 2007

The Springfield Museums' Weekend Family Fun series will continue on Saturday, Feb. 10, with a day of dinosaur activities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Springfield Science Museum. The event will celebrate the opening of Life Through Time: Dinosaurs & Ice Age Mammals, a display of huge, roaring robotic creatures.

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Lecture Series

January 22, 2007

The Museum of Fine Arts has scheduled Perspectives on America, a three-part Sunday afternoon lecture series which will explore what Currier & Ives prints reveal about American history and the role they played as the precursor to the journalistic phenomena we now refer to as the "mass media."

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Dinosaurs are Back!

January 18, 2007

A pack of moving, roaring prehistoric creatures will invade the Springfield Science Museum from Feb. 10 through May 13 in the exhibition Life Through Time: Dinosaurs and Ice Age Mammals.

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Stars Over Springfield

January 16, 2007

The Springfield Science Museum's large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m. The featured speaker will be Springfield Stars Club President Jack Megas, who will present "The Stars and Constellations of Winter."

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February Museums à la Carte

January 16, 2007

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in February. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Museum of Fine Arts.

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Abstract Art Exhibition

January 2, 2007

Dancing Partners: Moving Color Reliefs, an exhibit of mixed-media work by Henry Klein of Adams, Mass., will be on view from Jan. 30 through April 29, 2007, in the Community Gallery at the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts.

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Family Program

December 28, 2006

The Springfield Museums' Weekend Family Fun series will continue on Sunday, January 14, with "Whodunit? A Museum Mystery," an evening event from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Springfield Science Museum.

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Currier & Ives Panel Discussion

December 20, 2006

The Museum of Fine Arts will present the panel discussion Currier & Ives: Visions of America on Sunday, January 7, at 2 p.m. in the museum's Davis Auditorium. The program is free with the price of museum admission.

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January Museums à la Carte

December 15, 2006

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in January. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Museum of Fine Arts.

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Stars Over Springfield

December 15, 2006

The Springfield Science Museum's large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, January 5, at 7:30 p.m. The featured speaker will be Springfield Stars Club vice president Michael Kozicki, who will preview the most striking celestial objects and events of 2007, including a total lunar eclipse that will occur on March 3.

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Verizon Grant

December 12, 2006

The Springfield Museums have received $20,000 from the Verizon Foundation to develop technology-based educational programs for the planned new Museum of Springfield History and Technology. The donation is the first installment of a three-year, $60,000 grant.

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December School Vacation Week

December 5, 2006

Families are invited to enter the magical world of lords, ladies and knights in shining armor at a "Medieval Faire" at the Springfield Museums from December 26-30. Activities are free with the price of museum admission unless noted.

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Youth Courses

November 20, 2006

The Museum School at the Quadrangle is offering the following courses for young people this winter. Registration begins December 11. For complete course descriptions and information about scholarships, call 413–263–6800, ext. 377, or log onto www.springfieldmuseums.org/learn. On-line registration is available.

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Painting and Drawing in Mexico, May 3-10, 2007. Call for a complete itinerary.

Adult Courses and Trips

November 20, 2006

The Museum School of the Springfield Museums is offering the following courses and travel opportunities for adults this winter. Course registration begins December 11. For complete course descriptions and travel itineraries, call 413–263–6800, ext. 377, or log onto www.springfieldmuseums.org. On-line course registration is available.

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Museums à la Carte

November 15, 2006

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in December. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Museum of Fine Arts.

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Stars Over Springfield

November 15, 2006

The Springfield Science Museum's large rooftop telescope will be open for public sky-gazing on Friday, December 1, at 7:30 p.m. In addition, Edward Faits, former Springfield Stars Club president, will present a show titled "From the Human Eye to the Hubble Space Telescope: Humanity's View of the Heavens."

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Holiday Exhibits

November 8, 2006

Two light-hearted exhibits opening Friday, November 24 at the Springfield Museums will help launch the holiday season.

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Bruce and Marylou in <i>Midwinter Magic</i>.

Holiday Happenings

November 8, 2006

The Springfield Museums' Weekend Family Fun series will continue on Saturday, Nov. 25, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. with Holiday Happenings. Activities are free with museum admission unless noted. Weekend Family Fun programs are sponsored by TD Banknorth.

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Exhibition Schedule

November 3, 2006

Current & coming exhibitions at the Springfield Museums.

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Walking Tour

November 1, 2006

Donald D'Amato, history professor at Springfield Technical Community College, will lead a walking tour of the grounds of the Springfield Armory on Saturday, Nov. 11 from 10:30 a.m. until noon. The tour will begin and end at the Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle on Edwards Street off Chestnut Street.

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Dino-mite Dinosaurs

November 1, 2006

Bring the kids and the out-of-town relatives to the Springfield Museums on the day after Thanksgiving for "Dino-Mite Dinosaurs," a day of prehistoric fun. Activities will take place on Friday, Nov. 24 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and are free with museum admission. Grab a quick lunch at the Family Fun Snack Bar in the Museum of Fine Arts and make a day of it. "Dino-Mite Dinosaurs" is sponsored by Westfield Bank.

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Travel Opportunity

October 24, 2006

A few spaces are still available in the Springfield Museums' tour of the cultural highlights and natural wonders of Australia and New Zealand, scheduled for March 4-24, 2007. The trip includes a two-night stay in Hawaii. The deadline for reservations is November 17.

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Online Currier & Ives Database

October 16, 2006

The Springfield Museums have developed a comprehensive, searchable online database of one of the largest public collections of Currier & Ives prints in the world. The database has been funded with a generous grant from the Frank Stanley Beveridge Foundation.

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Stars Over Springfield

October 11, 2006

Members of the Springfield Stars Club will set up telescopes for public sky-gazing on the Springfield Museums' Quadrangle on Friday, November 3, at 7:30 p.m.

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Museums à la Carte

October 11, 2006

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in November. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Museum of Fine Arts.

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Halloween Program

October 11, 2006

The Springfield Museums' Weekend Family Fun series will continue on Saturday, October 28, with "Tricks and Treats: A Magical Halloween." Children are invited to wear their Halloween costume and go from museum to museum for special treats. Activities will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are free with museum admission. Weekend Family Fun programs are sponsored by TD Banknorth.

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Moon and Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California
Negative date 1941, print date 1980
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Ansel Adams Exhibition

October 4, 2006

Dramatic black and white photographs of the western landscape will be on view at the Museum of Fine Arts from October 24-December 17 in the exhibition Ansel Adams: The Man Who Captured the Earth's Beauty.

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TD Banknorth Grant

October 3, 2006

The Springfield Museums have received a $12,500 grant from TD Banknorth Charitable Foundation for the Museums' Weekend Family Fun series of educational programs.

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Dramatic Performance

October 3, 2006

The Museum of Fine Arts will host a performance of With Dream Awakened Eyes, an original play about the life and work of a female Jewish artist in Nazi Germany, on Sunday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m. The program is free with the price of museum admission.

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Walking Tour

October 2, 2006

Dr. Cecelia Gross, chair of the History/Political Science Department at Springfield Technical Community College, will lead a walking tour of important sites in the Court Square area from 10:30-noon on Saturday, Oct. 14. The tour will begin and end at the Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle on Edwards Street off Chestnut Street.

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Native American Pow Wow

October 2, 2006

The Springfield Museums will celebrate fall with a Native American Pow Wow on Saturday, October 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Quadrangle grounds. The event is a traditional Native American harvest celebration with native food, crafts, demonstrations and over 25 singers, drummers and dancers. The Pow Wow is part of the Museums' Weekend Family Fun series and is sponsored by TD Banknorth.

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Lecture Series

October 2, 2006

"Ancients Unwrapped" Lecture Series Explores Unusual Aspects of Greek and Roman Culture

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Stars Over Springfield

September 27, 2006

Members of the Springfield Stars Club will set up telescopes for public sky-gazing on the Springfield Museums' Quadrangle on Friday, October 6, at 7:30 p.m.

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Youth Courses

September 12, 2006

The Museum School at the Quadrangle is offering the following courses for young people this fall. Registration is underway. For complete course descriptions and information about scholarships, call 413–263–6800, ext. 377, or log onto www.springfieldmuseums.org/learn. On-line registration is available.

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Adult Courses

September 12, 2006

The Museum School at the Quadrangle is offering the following courses and bus trips for adults this fall. Registration is underway. For complete course descriptions and information about scholarships, call 413–263–6800, ext. 377, or log onto www.springfieldmuseums.org/learn. On-line course registration is available.

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Museums à la Carte

September 11, 2006

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in October. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Museum of Fine Arts.

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Nature Photography

September 11, 2006

Nature photography by camera artist John Green of Belchertown, Mass., will be on view from Sept. 26, 2006 through Jan. 7, 2007 in the Community Gallery at the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts. The public is invited to a free reception with the artist on Oct. 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. Community Gallery exhibitions are sponsored by The Republican.

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Waterfowl Stamp Exhibit

September 11, 2006

Original paintings of antique waterfowl decoys will be on display in the Massachusetts 2007 Waterfowl Stamp Exhibit at the Springfield Science Museum from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15.

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Richard Markham's Ice Car

Car Show

September 7, 2006

The Springfield Museums will pay tribute to Springfield's role in transportation history with Automobiles of Distinction, a car show to be held on Saturday, September 23, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., on the museum grounds at the Quadrangle. Fine automobiles from every decade from 1893 to 2007 will be exhibited.

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Ubora Award

August 16, 2006

Mrs. Janet Troutman-Simmons has been selected to receive the 15th annual Ubora Award from the African Hall Subcommittee of the Springfield Museums. The award will be presented at a ceremony on Saturday, September 16, at 7 p.m. at the Museum of Fine Arts.

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Museums à la Carte

August 16, 2006

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in September. The programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Museum of Fine Arts.

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Fall Planetarium Schedule

August 16, 2006

The Seymour Planetarium at the Springfield Science Museum will be closed in September for annual maintenance. Planetarium shows will resume on October 1 with the following schedule:

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Summer Programs August 8-11

July 25, 2006

Children and families can learn about the multicultural heritage of the Americas at the Springfield Museums beginning August 8 in the final week of the "Ancient Adventures" summer programs. The programs have been planned to celebrate the new Ancient Treasures gallery in the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum.

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Summer Programs August 1-4

July 18, 2006

Children and families can explore the wonders of Greece and Rome at the Springfield Museums the week of August 1 during "Ancient Adventures" summer programs. The programs have been planned to celebrate the new Ancient Treasures gallery in the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum.

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Volunteer Opportunities

July 13, 2006

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle are recruiting volunteer docents to lead tours and programs for children and adults in the Museum of Fine Arts or the Springfield Science Museum.

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Summer Programs July 25-28

July 13, 2006

"Ancient Adventures" summer programs for families at the Springfield Museums will continue the week of July 25 with activities centered on ancient China. "Ancient Adventures" programs have been planned in conjunction with the opening of the new Ancient Treasures gallery in the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum.

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Austria Trip

July 12, 2006

A few spaces are still available in the Springfield Museums' cultural tour of the art and music of Austria from October 9 through 17, 2006. The trip has been planned in recognition of the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth.

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Summer Programs July 18-21

July 10, 2006

"Ancient Adventures" summer programs for families at the Springfield Museums will continue the week of July 18 with activities centered on ancient India.

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Summer Programs July 11-14

July 5, 2006

"Ancient Adventures" summer programs for families at the Springfield Museums will continue the week of July 11 with activities centered on ancient Africa and Egypt.

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Admiral Farragut's Fleet Engaging the Rebel Batteries at Port Hudson, March, 14th 1863

New Currier & Ives Exhibit

June 22, 2006

One of the most important events in American history is commemorated in the exhibition A Nation Divided: The American Civil War Depicted by Currier & Ives, on view from June 30 through December 31, 2006, at the Museum of Fine Arts.

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Summer Hours & Admission

June 20, 2006

The Springfield Museums have announced the following summer hours.

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July Museums à la Carte

June 13, 2006

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in July. Museums à la Carte programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Museum of Fine Arts.

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Summer Programs

June 13, 2006

Choose your adventure this summer at the Springfield Museums.

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Summer Exhibits

June 13, 2006

The Springfield Museums will open the following exhibitions this summer.

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Teacher Workshop

June 1, 2006

Springfield Science Museum to Host Teacher Training Institute.

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Summer Courses for Children

May 16, 2006

Museum School Announces Summer Courses for Children and Teens

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Summer Courses for Adults

May 16, 2006

Museum School Offers Summer Courses and Trips for Adults.

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Scholarships to be Awarded in Memory of P.F.C. Markus J. Johnson

May 15, 2006

The Connecticut Valley Historical Museum will be the host site of the second annual Markus J. Johnson Memorial Fund scholarship award ceremony on Thursday, June 1, at 5:30 p.m.

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June Museums à la Carte Programs

May 15, 2006

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in June. Museums à la Carte programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Museum of Fine Arts.

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Currier & Ives Exhibition Extended

May 4, 2006

The Springfield Museums have announced that the popular exhibition Currier & Ives: An American Panorama, on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, has been extended until September 10, 2006. (Original closing date was June 4.)

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Science Museum Celebrates Astronomy Day

May 1, 2006

The Springfield Science Museum will celebrate Astronomy Day on Saturday, May 6, from noon to 4 p.m. Weather permitting, visitors will have an opportunity to look at sunspots through specially-filtered telescopes set up on the Quadrangle by museum staff and volunteers from the Springfield Stars Club. Visits to the museum's large rooftop observatory will take place throughout the afternoon.

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New England Landscapes by Local Artist on View at Museum of Fine Arts

April 28, 2006

The work of a Southwick artist will be on display in the Community Gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts from May 23 through September 17 in the exhibition New England Vistas: Paintings by Carolyn Avery.

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Get Free Museum Admission in May with your Bank of America or MBNA Card

April 26, 2006

The Springfield Museums are among 56 museums and cultural institutions in the Northeast that are participating in Bank of America's Museums On Us! program in May.

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May Museums à la Carte Programs

April 21, 2006

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in May. Museums à la Carte programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Museum of Fine Arts.

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Stars Over Springfield at the Springfield Science Museum

April 21, 2006

Members of the Springfield Stars Club will set up telescopes for public sky-gazing on the Springfield Museums' Quadrangle on Friday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m.

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Science Museum Celebrates Earth Day

March 31, 2006

The Springfield Science Museum will hold its 16th annual Earth Day celebration with a family festival on the Quadrangle green and a city-wide clean up of Springfield parks and conservation lands.

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Museums Plan April Vacation Week Activities

March 31, 2006

"Swamp Things" will be the theme of April school vacation week activities at the Springfield Museums. The museums will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday, April 17 through Friday, April 21. (Science Museum open until 5 p.m.) Activities are free with the price of admission to the Museums unless noted.

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April Museums à la Carte Programs

March 17, 2006

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in April. Museums à la Carte programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Museum of Fine Arts.

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Stars Over Springfield at the Springfield Science Museum

March 17, 2006

Members of the Springfield Stars Club will set up telescopes for public sky-gazing on the Springfield Museums' Quadrangle on Friday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m.

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Lecture Examines How Currier & Ives Prints Helped Define America

March 17, 2006

The Currier & Ives lecture series at the Museum of Fine Arts will continue on
April 2 at 2 p.m. with Currier & Ives: Constructing What It Meant to Be American. The talk will be presented by Barry O'Connell, professor of English at Amherst College.

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Have Fun with Robots at the Springfield Museums

March 17, 2006

The Springfield Museums' Weekend Family Fun series will continue on Saturday, April 1, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. with Outrageous Robots: Technology at Play.

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Lecture to Examine Depictions of African Americans in Currier & Ives Prints

March 2, 2006

The Currier & Ives lecture series at the Museum of Fine Arts will continue on
March 19 at 2 p.m. with Emancipation Day: Postbellum Visions of African Americans in Currier & Ives' Darktown Prints. The talk will be presented by James Smethurst, associate professor in the W.E.B. DuBois Department of Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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<i>The New Novel</i> by Winslow Homer

March Museums à la Carte Programs

February 15, 2006

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in March. Museums à la Carte programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Museum of Fine Arts.

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Stars Over Springfield at the Springfield Science Museum

February 15, 2006

Members of the Springfield Stars Club will set up telescopes for public sky-gazing on the Springfield Museums' Quadrangle on Friday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m.

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Come One & All, Come Old & New, Dr. Seuss is 1-0-2!

February 15, 2006

The Springfield Museums' Weekend Family Fun series will continue on Saturday, March 4, with a birthday bash for Dr. Seuss. Theodor Seuss Geisel was born in Springfield on March 2, 1904.

Activities are free with museum admission. Weekend Family Fun programs are sponsored by T.D. Banknorth.

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Museum School Announces Spring Courses

February 3, 2006

The Museum School at the Quadrangle is offering the following courses for children and adults this spring. Registration begins Feb. 28. For complete course descriptions and information about scholarships, call 413–263–6800, ext. 377, or log onto www.springfieldmuseums.org. On-line course registration is available.

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Springfield Museums Plan Trips

February 3, 2006

The Springfield Museums have scheduled several bus trips this spring. For complete itineraries, please call the Museum School at 413.263.6800, ext. 382.

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Museums Plan February Vacation Week Activities

January 31, 2006

The Springfield Museums will kick off school vacation week on Saturday, February 18 with the opening of the special exhibition Earth Attacks! Volcanoes, Earthquakes and Tsunamis. A variety of family activities and performances will explain the science behind nature's fury. Activities are free with the price of admission to the Museums.

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Nominees Being Sought for Annual Ubora Award

January 31, 2006

The African Hall Subcommittee of the Springfield Museums is seeking nominations for the 15th annual Ubora Award. The award is presented to an African American individual who has demonstrated a commitment to the Springfield community and exhibited excellence in the fields of science, education, humanities or the arts. Nominations must be received by March 31, 2006.

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New Springfield History Museum Made Possible by Connecticut Entrepreneur

January 30, 2006

The Springfield Museums have received a gift of $1,000,000 from Mr. Allen Swift of West Hartford to purchase the Verizon building at 85 Chestnut Street in Springfield for the purpose of creating a new history museum. Swift also donated his 1928, one-owner, Springfield-built Rolls-Royce automobile to form the basis of the new museum's transportation collection.

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Marcus Gale and his puppet friends perform "So Glad It's Valentine's."

Valentine's Day Program will Warm Your Heart

January 26, 2006

The Springfield Museums' Weekend Family Fun series will continue on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. with Young at Heart: Valentine's Day Delight. Activities are free with museum admission. Weekend Family Fun programs are sponsored by T.D. Banknorth.

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Museum Exhibit Explores Nature's Fury

January 26, 2006

Following the devastating tsunami that hit Indonesia in December 2004, the violent hurricanes which destroyed vast sections of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Florida, and the horrific earthquake in Pakistan, concern about natural disasters has soared. The Springfield Science Museum will explore the causes and effects of some of the disastrous events that plague our planet in the special exhibition Earth Attacks: Volcanoes, Earthquakes and Tsunamis, on view at the museum from February 18 through September 3, 2006.

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Expert on Dead Sea Scrolls to Speak at Museum of Fine Arts

January 6, 2006

Dr. Adolfo Roitman, curator of the Shrine of the Book, which houses the Dead Sea Scroll collection at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, will present "From Serpent to Satan: The Story of Paradise in Literature and Art" at the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts on February 2 at 7:30 p.m. The lecture is free to the public and will be followed by a reception with Dr. Roitman.

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Museum Lecture Series Explores How Currier & Ives Helped Define America

December 27, 2005

The Museum of Fine Arts has scheduled Currier & Ives: Defining America, a four-part Sunday afternoon lecture series which will explore the social and artistic impact of the 19th-century printmakers Nathaniel Currier and James Merritt Ives.

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Help Us Solve A Mystery!

December 27, 2005

The Springfield Museums' Weekend Family Fun series continues.

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Stars Over Springfield at the Springfield Science Museum

December 14, 2005

Members of the Springfield Stars Club will set up telescopes for public sky-gazing on the Springfield Museums' Quadrangle on Friday, January 6, at 7:30 p.m.

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January Museums à la Carte Programs

December 14, 2005

The Springfield Museums will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in January. Museums à la Carte programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Museum of Fine Arts.

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Miniature Castle and Battle Scene Pay Tribute to Medieval Times

December 5, 2005

Once Upon a Time in a Castle Far, Far Away..." a local collector created an intricate diorama of a besieged castle in France during the Hundred Years War (1337-1453).

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Join Us for a Medieval Faire

December 1, 2005

Enter the magical world of lords, ladies, and knights in shining armor with the Museums' December School Vacation Week programming.

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Celebrate the Holidays with Dolls from Around the World!

November 29, 2005

The Springfield Science Museum is currently showing the holiday exhibit It's a Wonderful Life: A Doll's Story, which showcases dolls from different cultures around the world. The exhibit will be on display through January 8, 2006.

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Springfield Museums Receive Grant from TD Banknorth

November 17, 2005

The Springfield Museums have received a $10,000 grant from TD Banknorth Charitable Foundation for the Museums' Weekend Family Fun series of educational programs.

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December Museums à la Carte Programs

November 17, 2005

The Museums will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in December. Museums à la Carte programs are held on Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. in the Museum of Fine Arts.

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The Creative Spirit Opens

November 14, 2005

"The Creative Spirit" of the Connecticut Valley now on display at Springfield Museums.

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KLS Magic Castle Puppet Theater presents "Make Friends with the Dinosaurs"

Museums Plan Thanksgiving Weekend Fun

November 2, 2005

The Springfield Museums' Weekend Family Fun series will continue with Dinosaur Day on Friday, November 25, and a special Holiday Season Kick-Off on Saturday, November 26.

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Museums Launch New Website

October 28, 2005

OH! THE PLACES YOU'LL GO – RIGHT IN THE COMFORT OF HOME!

Revamped Springfield Museums website brings new worlds to your desktop.

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Fabric Sculptures Come to Life in New Exhibit

October 24, 2005

Life-like figures by Springfield sculptor Lisa Lichtenfels will be on view at the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum.

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Major Currier & Ives Exhibition Opens

October 17, 2005

One of the largest public collections of Currier & Ives prints in the country will be unveiled for the first time in the special exhibition "Currier & Ives: An American Panorama."

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Museums Plan an Evening of Otherworldly Fun

October 11, 2005

The Springfield Museums are getting into the spirit of Halloween with "Spirits and Savories."

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Springfield Museums Receive Support from MassMutual for "Learning Together"

October 4, 2005

For the second year in a row, the Springfield Museums have received a grant in the amount of $95,000 from MassMutual Financial Group for "Learning Together."

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Celebrate Halloween with Some Spooky Family Fun!

October 3, 2005

The Springfield Museums' Weekend Family Fun series will continue with "Hoot 'n' Howl Halloween."

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Man's Canyons by Samuel Margolies

"Modern Modes" Exhibit Showcases Famous 20th Century Artists

September 29, 2005

The Springfield Museum of Fine Arts is currently showing prints by famous modern artists.

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Museum Corporators Elect New Trustees

September 28, 2005

The Corporators of the Springfield Museums, at their annual meeting on Sept. 28, elected three new Trustees to three-year terms.

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October Museums à la Carte Programs

September 20, 2005

The Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle will present the following Museums à la Carte programs in October.

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Join the Springfield Museums for an Afternoon of Magic with "Le Grand David"

September 20, 2005

The Springfield Museums will host a trip to the Cabot Street Cinema in Beverly, Mass., on Sunday, October 30, 2005.

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Ronald E. Harrell to Receive Ubora Award

August 29, 2005

Ronald E. Harrell has been selected to receive the 14th annual Ubora Award.

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Dock at Dawn by Len Seeve

Amherst Photographer to Exhibit at Museum of Fine Arts

August 24, 2005

Photographs by Leonard Seeve will be on view in the Community Gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts.

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