Springfield History Museum News
March 31, 2015
On April 7, the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History will unveil a new exhibit titled Victorian Opulence: Springfield’s Industrial Elite. This exhibit, which runs through April 10, 2016, features a representative selection of the kinds of luxury and everyday items that would be found in the typical upper-class Victorian home, while also exploring the lives and values of many of these prominent families.
September 11, 2014
As the groundbreaking Steampunk Springfield exhibition approaches its conclusion at the Springfield Museums, guest curator Bruce Rosenbaum has produced one more surprise from his bag of Steampunk magic tricks.
July 24, 2014
Archive to be Available Online Next Month.
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.
April 24, 2014
The Springfield Museums will host their fifth annual Indian Motocycle Day on Sunday, July 20 from 9 am until 3 pm.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.