Springfield History Museum News

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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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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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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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 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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