Springfield Armory National Historic Site

Springfield Armory National Historic Site Springfield Armory National Historic Site commemorates the critical role of the nation’s first armory by preserving and interpreting the world's largest historic US military small arms collection, along with historic archives, buildings, and landscapes.
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Hear Ye, Hear Ye!Two days to the Shays' Rebellion Symposium! Get your tickets now at shaysrebellion.eventbrite.comAny re...
01/23/2020

Hear Ye, Hear Ye!

Two days to the Shays' Rebellion Symposium!

Get your tickets now at shaysrebellion.eventbrite.com

Any remaining tickets will be available for purchase in person on Saturday on a first-come, first-served basis.

Hear Ye, Hear Ye!

Due to today's impending storm, the museum will be closing at 3:00pm.
01/18/2020

Due to today's impending storm, the museum will be closing at 3:00pm.

Please be advised: Our visitor center and museum will be closed to visitors February 3rd through March 31st. The closure...
01/17/2020

Please be advised: Our visitor center and museum will be closed to visitors February 3rd through March 31st. The closure will allow for the completion of critical systems upgrades. Park ranger staff will be at the Springfield Downtown Visitor Center on Fridays and Saturdays and will be collaborating with the Springfield Museums offering special programs about Springfield Armory. More information regarding programs and events will be posted soon!

The 2020 Shays Rebellion Symposium is just two weeks away! Get your tickets now!Tickets ($6) and Box Lunches ($10) here:...
01/11/2020

The 2020 Shays Rebellion Symposium is just two weeks away! Get your tickets now!
Tickets ($6) and Box Lunches ($10) here: http://shaysrebellion.eventbrite.com

What a great lineup!
Dennis Picard will be moderating two q&a panels after presentations by...

Tim Abbott (The Final Fight at Sheffield)
Dan Bullen (Shays Kerfuffle: A Peoples Perspective)
Steve Butz (Archaeology of the Shays Settlement)
Tom Goldscheider (Three Men in Debt: A Case Study on the Genesis of Shays)
Barbara Mathews (More than a Little Rebellion: Shays Legacy)
Adam Tomasi (The Contested Meanings of “Shays Rebellion Day” 1986)

Seasons Greetings from everyone here at Springfield Armory NHS!We will be closed December 23rd, 24th, and 25th.We will b...
12/22/2019

Seasons Greetings from everyone here at Springfield Armory NHS!

We will be closed December 23rd, 24th, and 25th.

We will be open again December 26 at 9 am! Until then, enjoy these historic holiday images from the Armory!

New England National Scenic Trail - NET
12/02/2019

New England National Scenic Trail - NET

The sun is shining on the NET! A perfect day to #optoutside.
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Sunrise from Mount Tom by @jamiemalcolmbrown
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#hike50net #findyourtrail

Today is National Hiking Day! Check out the amazing trails of New England National Scenic Trail - NET And thanks to our ...
11/17/2019

Today is National Hiking Day!

Check out the amazing trails of New England National Scenic Trail - NET

And thanks to our trail partners Appalachian Mountain Club and Connecticut Forest & Park Association

https://newenglandtrail.org/

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month the Great War came to an end. Today, on Veteran's Day, we celebrate t...
11/11/2019

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month the Great War came to an end. Today, on Veteran's Day, we celebrate the service of all U.S. military veterans.

The Springfield Armory celebrated Armed Forces Day to honor all of the generations of military veterans.
#VeteransDay #MilitaryHeritage #SPAR #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque

Springfield Armory National Historic Site's cover photo
10/31/2019

Springfield Armory National Historic Site's cover photo

As the temperature drops and the daylight hours get shorter that can only mean one thing:Springfield Armory NHS hours ar...
10/30/2019

As the temperature drops and the daylight hours get shorter that can only mean one thing:

Springfield Armory NHS hours are changing!

Starting on Monday, November 4th the Springfield Armory National Historic Site will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. We be open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm.

This is awesome.🤣😂🤣
10/25/2019

This is awesome.🤣😂🤣

With a world renowned collection of historic weapons, Springfield Armory National Historic Site is often considered the best National Park site to ride out the zombie apocalypse. This certainly doesn’t take into account the fact that most people have no idea how to load a Civil War musket. #findyourpark

10/22/2019

Just finished another great program with Mass. Law Enforcement Armorers and Instructors!

10/17/2019

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Springfield Armory NHS museum is closed today.

Pocumtuc. Nipmuc. Mattabesic. Pequot. Mohegan. These are just a few of the Native tribes that made their homes along the...
10/14/2019

Pocumtuc. Nipmuc. Mattabesic. Pequot. Mohegan.

These are just a few of the Native tribes that made their homes along the Connecticut River which the Mohegan Tribe named 'Quinetucket'. This same river, such a large part of our lives as well, is one of the reasons Springfield is what it is today. And on this day that we remember Columbus we remember and recognize indigenous peoples and how their lives changed.

#IndigenousPeoplesDay #SPAR #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque

Call for Presentations – Shays’ Rebellion: Perspectives on HistoryJanuary 25, 2020Springfield Armory National Historic S...
10/10/2019
Shays Rebellion – Friends of Springfield Armory National Historic Site

Call for Presentations – Shays’ Rebellion: Perspectives on History
January 25, 2020
Springfield Armory National Historic Site
Springfield Technical Community College
Friends of Springfield Armory NHS

Springfield Armory National Historic Site, Springfield Technical Community College, and the Friends of Springfield Armory NHS are organizing a one-day public symposium on Shays’ Rebellion, its history, meaning, and impact.

We invite scholars, historians, archaeologists, archivists, curators, and other interested parties to submit abstracts for short presentations that address the genesis and impact of these critical events, as well as our changing understanding and memorialization of them.

Presentations will be 30 minutes with 10 minutes for questions. Up to eight proposals will be selected to present to the public on January 25, 2020.

Please provide an abstract of no more than 500 words to [email protected]. Abstracts need to include the presenter’s full name and contact information (name, title, organization, address, phone, email), and a 100 word biography.

Important Dates:
Proposals/Abstracts Due: October 25, 2020
Accepted Presentations Notified: November 1, 2019
Presentations Due: January 13, 2019
Symposium Date: January 25, 2020

Submit abstract and biography to: [email protected]

Symposium Information: http://www.friendsofthearmory.org/ShaysRebellion

Daniel Shays and Job Shattuck January 25, 2020 Springfield Armory National Historic Site Springfield Technical Community College Friends of the Springfield Armory National Historic Site Springfield Armory National Historic Site, Springfield Technical Community College, and the Friends of Springfield...

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Andrew Lam's presentation on Saturday, October 5 at 2:00pm has been cancelled. We hope ...
10/02/2019

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Andrew Lam's presentation on Saturday, October 5 at 2:00pm has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule the presentation at a later date.

Celebrate that public lands are all around you! On National Public Lands Day spend a little time in the great outdoors!S...
09/28/2019

Celebrate that public lands are all around you! On National Public Lands Day spend a little time in the great outdoors!

Springfield Armory National Historic Site is right in the middle of Springfield looking over the downtown. If you are in or near Springfield, it is super easy to find us and find what your public lands have to offer.

Today on National Public Lands Day, consider how you like being outside, and share that with the world. Let everyone know what you love about being outside, and how you help protect our public lands!

#GreatOutdoors #NPLD #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque #SPAR

09/18/2019

We are honored to welcome 189 new US citizens who participated in a naturalization hearing held today on the Armory grounds. #FindYourPark #newUScitizen

09/18/2019
Springfield Technical Community College

Welcome Donald, Veronica and Eliadine! #FindYourPark #newUScitizen

At Springfield Technical Community College you'll find over 9,000 people of all cultures, ages and backgrounds, from around the world and right here at home, expanding the possibilities for their lives. Check us out!

Today we celebrate Constitution Day, the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution by the members of the Constituti...
09/17/2019

Today we celebrate Constitution Day, the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution by the members of the Constitutional Convention in 1787. Today is also Citizenship Day, when we celebrate those who have become citizens of the United States.

We are honored to be hosting a Naturalization Ceremony tomorrow as we will be the first to welcome our newest citizens as they receive the oath of citizenship among the historic buildings of the Springfield Armory.

#FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque #SPAR #newUScitizen /uscis #ConstitutionWeek #WethePeople

09/16/2019

We hope you'll join us in celebrating Springfield's creative community!

#FindYourPark! The NPS joins forces with Mass DCR to share the wonder of public lands and parks with the visitors to the...
09/12/2019

#FindYourPark! The NPS joins forces with Mass DCR to share the wonder of public lands and parks with the visitors to the Big E which starts TOMORROW.

Learn about all of the parks in Massachusetts, and in New England, at our booth in the Massachusetts Building on the Avenue of States! You might be surprised by the National Parks in your neighborhood.

Stop by and say hi!

#NPSNeighbors #TheBigE #EncuentraTuParque

Today Rangers from the Springfield Armory attended the First September 11th Remembrance Ceremony held at the new Springf...
09/11/2019

Today Rangers from the Springfield Armory attended the First September 11th Remembrance Ceremony held at the new Springfield's September 11th Monument at Riverfront Park. We take this day to remember those whose lives were lost in the tragic events of September 11, 2001, and in these moments, we come together stronger than we were before.

"Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11." - Former President Barack Obama

As a part of 9/11 Day, take today to do even the smallest act of service because we are better together when we work together.

#911Day #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque

It is just great to feel seen. You just want to be in place where everybody knows your name! And with our new sign, that...
09/10/2019

It is just great to feel seen. You just want to be in place where everybody knows your name! And with our new sign, that will be true!

This brand new sign now welcomes visitors as they drive up and lets them know that they are indeed at the Springfield Armory National Historic Site! And what is even better is that this one looks exactly like the first, including our pile of cannonballs!

So now when you visit the Armory, you have TWO choices of signs to take pictures of! If you do stop by and take some pics, don't forget to tag us, because we want to see them!

#HopefullyNowYouCanReally #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque #SPAR #SpringfieldArmoryNHS

Women comprised 15% of the workers at the Springfield Armory were women during World War I. At the height of World War I...
09/02/2019

Women comprised 15% of the workers at the Springfield Armory were women during World War I. At the height of World War II the number jumped to 42% or 5,000 Women Ordnance Workers (WOWs). The WOWs contributed to the movement for rights for all workers in the workforce.

National Park Service
09/02/2019

National Park Service

National parks tell the stories of workers that strived to improve their lives. From the laborers who built the
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park and laid the tracks of the first transcontinental railroad to the “mill girls” who made cloth in Lowell National Historical Park’s textile factories, to the striking employees of Chicago’s Pullman National Monument, National Park Service, to the founder of the country's first permanent agricultural union at César E. Chávez National Monument you’ll find their stories in your national parks. Learn more at https://www.nps.gov/subjects/labor

#FindYourPark #LaborDay

Don't these pictures just take you back?Or do they take you forward? Maybe you just stay the same?Well why don't we just...
08/29/2019

Don't these pictures just take you back?
Or do they take you forward? Maybe you just stay the same?

Well why don't we just take a tour around the Armory's past? All of these images are from the Armory's archives which document everything from everyday operations to special events. We can use this visual record to create a fuller understanding of what it was like to live and work here.

Some things have changed, but a lot has stayed the same. It's funny how time works like that.

When you visit the Armory next, take a look around and #PictureYourselfInAPark and Picture Yourself in the Past. And if you are interested in more historical images of the Armory, our Art in the Everyday exhibition is still open!

#NPSRecreation #HowDoYouPark #EncuentraTuParque #TBT #NPSArmoryArts #SPAR #SpringfieldArmoryNHS

We enjoyed hosting recent STCC graduate Maeliz Colon. Her work focusing on Lyle guns will be invaluable for developing n...
08/26/2019
Springfield Technical Community College

We enjoyed hosting recent STCC graduate Maeliz Colon. Her work focusing on Lyle guns will be invaluable for developing new STEM programs. Best of luck to Maeliz as she continues her studies at UMass.

So proud of recent STCC graduate Maeliz Colon, who had a wonderful experience this summer as an intern at the Springfield Armory Museum, which is operated by the National Park Service.

Read more about Maeliz and her advisor, Professor Beth McGinnis-Cavanaugh, who encouraged her to apply for the internship:
https://www.stcc.edu/about-stcc/news/internship-at-springfield-armory-inspires-stcc-engineering-graduate.html

How do you picture yourself in the parks? Have you ever pictured yourself as a volunteer?We are looking for volunteers t...
08/25/2019

How do you picture yourself in the parks? Have you ever pictured yourself as a volunteer?

We are looking for volunteers to join us at our booth at the Big E to share information about the National Parks with visitors.

Shifts are available most days between Sept 13 through 29. Check out the link below for more information:
https://www.volunteer.gov/results.cfm?ID=17577

You never know what you might see or who you might meet at the Big E!Last year, Governor Charlie Baker stopped by the jo...
08/18/2019

You never know what you might see or who you might meet at the Big E!

Last year, Governor Charlie Baker stopped by the joint NPS/Mass DCR booth to say hi! Who knows what will happen this year!

Be part of the story! Volunteer with us?

Check out this link for more information: https://www.volunteer.gov/results.cfm?ID=17577

Happening Now! It's a beautiful evening for an outdoor concert performed by The Bad News Jazz & Blues Orchestra. Come da...
08/17/2019

Happening Now! It's a beautiful evening for an outdoor concert performed by The Bad News Jazz & Blues Orchestra. Come dance with us!!

UPDATE: The Bad New Jazz & Blues Orchestra will indeed be OUTSIDE from 6-8pm tonight in front of the Commandant's House....
08/17/2019

UPDATE: The Bad New Jazz & Blues Orchestra will indeed be OUTSIDE from 6-8pm tonight in front of the Commandant's House.
So bring a chair and some dance shoes and let the music bring you back to the Armory's heyday!

5:00pm: Still plenty of parking and plenty of lawn seating. It’s a beautiful night here at the Armory.

How do you picture yourself in the parks?Is it on a self guided tour? A Ranger or Volunteer highlight tour? Or perhaps a...
08/15/2019

How do you picture yourself in the parks?

Is it on a self guided tour? A Ranger or Volunteer highlight tour? Or perhaps a lecture on the history of the park? Maybe you're doing the Junior Ranger program with your family. Or relaxing in the evening while you enjoy live music.

Take a chance this month to picture yourself in a park. Discover where you can visit, and what you can do. And remember, if you see something amazing while you're out visiting a park, remember to take a picture (as long as you're being safe).

#PictureYourselfInAPark #NPSArmoryArts #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque #SPAR #SpringfieldArmoryNHS

The Big E is just one month away! Are you planning to attend? If you are, make sure you find us, and other National Park...
08/13/2019

The Big E is just one month away!

Are you planning to attend? If you are, make sure you find us, and other National Parks at the NPS/DCR booth in the Massachusetts Building on the Avenue of States!

Or better yet, try volunteering with us and be one of the people at the booth! Share the love of National Parks with visitors and maybe even learn something new yourself!

Shifts are available most days Sept 13-29 from 9am to 3pm, and 3pm to 9pm.

Check out our post on volunteer.gov for more information:
https://www.volunteer.gov/results.cfm?ID=17577

Are you interested in the National Parks of New England?Do you have a passion for sharing public lands with others?We ar...
08/01/2019
Volunteer Opportunity: Volunteer at the Big E Booth

Are you interested in the National Parks of New England?
Do you have a passion for sharing public lands with others?

We are looking for volunteers to staff the shared NPS and Mass DCR booth at the Big E! The event takes place 9/13-9/29, and we have shifts twice daily at 9am-3pm, and 3pm-9pm.

If you are interested, apply here at: https://www.volunteer.gov/results.cfm?ID=17577
Any questions can be sent to [email protected]

Dates: Sep 13 - Sep 29, 2019 Description: Interested in the National Parks of New England? We're looking for people interested in helping National Park Service staff from New England parks staff the NPS and Mass Department of Conservation and Recreation booth in the Massachusetts Building at the Bi...

Share some love for Rangers today, not just for the ones here at Armory, but Rangers all over the country!
07/31/2019

Share some love for Rangers today, not just for the ones here at Armory, but Rangers all over the country!

"If a trail is to be blazed, it's "send a ranger." - Oh, Ranger!

It's #WorldRangerDay! World Ranger Day honors rangers around the world who work to preserve and protect important natural and cultural places. It's also a day to remember and commemorate those who have lost their lives serving on the front line protecting the environment around them. Rangers work under varying conditions and in varying positions with some being faced with difficult and dangerous tasks. They are key protectors of parks and conservation. This is done through law enforcement, environmental education, community relations, fighting fires, conducting search and rescues, research, interpretation, and in many other ways.

#FindYourPark #AskARanger https://www.nps.gov/parkhistory/online_books/albright3/introduction.htm

There isn't much time left to see our Children's Art Exhibit! July 31st will be the last day that art from local schools...
07/26/2019

There isn't much time left to see our Children's Art Exhibit! July 31st will be the last day that art from local schools will be hanging in our theater.

See how children of different ages interpreted our theme of 'Technological Innovation' and the Springfield Armory.

We have loved having the art hang here in the Armory, and interpreting and adding to the history of the site. Thanks to the art teachers who worked with their students to create all of the amazing art. It really gets at the spirit of #NPSArmoryArts!

#SPAR #SpringfieldArmoryNHS

Pardon our appearance while we work on preserving our historical structures.For the next few months we will have work cr...
07/19/2019

Pardon our appearance while we work on preserving our historical structures.

For the next few months we will have work crews working on the building to keep our historical structure in top condition.

What does this mean for your experience?
We will be having a work crew at the site M-F. We ask that you are mindful of the space where the work is happening, and do not enter into the work zones for your own safety. Currently this means that you should try to avoid the back side of the building.

During the course of the work, there will be work vehicles around the building, and there might be plastic sheeting covering parts of the building. This will affect the view and access to the side of the building where they are working bit will not impact your museum experience.

Check back here for any updates.

Address

1 Armory Sq
Springfield, MA
01105-1299

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(413) 734-8551

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