Friends of Springfield Armory National Historic Site

Friends of Springfield Armory National Historic Site This National Historic Site preserves and interprets the role of the Springfield Armory in history. The Friends provides support to NPS in many ways.

Friends of Springfield Armory, NHS advocates and educates the public in support of the Springfield Armory National Historic Site operated by the National Park Service. We invite all people interested in American history, manufacturing, and fi****ms to visit our website at www.friendsofthearmory.org.

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Timeline Photos
05/31/2021

Timeline Photos

Today, on Memorial Day, we honor our fallen heroes. Memorial Day originated from the Civil War, the deadliest war in American History. In 1868, John A. Logan, commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, issued General Order Number 11 designating May 30 as Decoration Day. In the 1880s, Decoration Day came to be known as Memorial Day where the sacrifices of our Nation's fallen soldiers are recognized. One tradition includes decorating soldiers’ graves with memorial tributes.

The image is of Clara Gregorie, a Gold Star Mother being honored at a Memorial Day observation at Springfield Armory in 1945. The gold star on the top indicates the number of deaths from family members of Armory employees who died in World War II. The blue star on the bottom indicates those who served who or were currently serving in the military.

#NPS #memorialday

Friends are hard at work on the 2021 Strategic Plan and follow on Work Plan to guide our efforts going forward.  We have...
04/10/2021

Friends are hard at work on the 2021 Strategic Plan and follow on Work Plan to guide our efforts going forward. We have refurbished the logo, expanded the website and are planning for a 2022 Shay's Rebellion Seminar among other things.

Want to help? Join us on Facebook or become a member through our website.

Friends are hard at work on the 2021 Strategic Plan and follow on Work Plan to guide our efforts going forward. We have refurbished the logo, expanded the website and are planning for a 2022 Shay's Rebellion Seminar among other things.

Want to help? Join us on Facebook or become a member through our website.

02/21/2021

In early December 1775, 25-year-old Bostonian Henry Knox was in charge of transporting 59 cannons weighing nearly 60 tons from the Lake Champlain region to George Washington who was in dire need of cannons and other artillery to deal with the British that were under siege in Boston.

Knox arrived with cannons and artillery in January 1776. British Commander William Howe soon realized his position was indefensible and evacuated Boston moving his forces to the British stronghold at Halifax, Nova Scotia on March 17.

The 300-mile trek through the Adirondack Mountains and over the Berkshires to Boston was laden with obstacles. Frozen lakes, that weren’t always as frozen as desired...blizzards with icy winds and deep snow, and when the weather warmed a bit, there were muddy wet trails to haul the heavy load through!

Henry Knox was successful! 57 monuments mark the Knox Cannon Trail – 31 in New York State and 26 in Massachusetts. Researchers have revealed that 29 of the 59 cannons came from Crown Point. Crown Point is the official start of the Knox Cannon Trail and its marker was the last marker placed only recently, - in 2017! The trail markers were installed along the route in 1927 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the arduous journey.

At the onset of what Henry Knox in a letter to George Washington called “a noble train of artillery”, the guns were disassembled and loaded onto boats and ox carts. The boats travelled down Lake George, which was not yet frozen. Special sleds were built to be pulled by teams of oxen.
Fort Ticonderoga holds an annual re-enactment demonstrating the preparation of the artillery and cannons for this amazing journey.
Pictured is a painting by Tom Lovell of the Noble Train of Artillery. Check the comments for some of the markers.

Logo Design Round 2The comments received during Round One of concept designs favored keeping the crossed cannons and ori...
02/11/2021

Logo Design Round 2
The comments received during Round One of concept designs favored keeping the crossed cannons and original crest. Many liked the use of the building in some way. The comments made to us by the 30-40 Krag and M1903 Facebook groups and members of the Friends of Springfield Armory National Historic Site are incorporated in these revisions.

On top, we have the Arsenal Bldg with the flag but the tower is shorter than actual scale. The flag has always been on the tower as far as I can remember back to my youth.

Next we have the NPS Trust Arrowhead in black or possibly yellow in recognition of our affiliation to the National Park Service, folks not familiar with the Armory may recognize that icon. There are two other incorrect arrowheads with cannons superimposed. The irony here is we exchange one projectile, the mortar or flaming bomb with that of an arrowhead.

Finally we have the crest with an empty center-the wild card. Original all the way, section of fence, something else? We welcome YOUR comments as a Friend or future Friend of Springfield Armory National Historic Site.

Friends of Springfield Armory, NHS are working to design a new logo unique to Friends of Springfield Armory, NHS and app...
02/06/2021

Friends of Springfield Armory, NHS are working to design a new logo unique to Friends of Springfield Armory, NHS and appeal to a broader population interested in history, manufacturing as well as fi****ms. To view our initial design ideas, please visit www.FriendsoftheArmory.org and post your comments in the comment section.

01/08/2021

Annual Meeting to be February 10, 2021 at 3:30PM. We will meet via zoom or other virtual meeting. On the slate will be the election of new officers, plans for the future during pandemic and the ongoing construction work inside the Museum.

The Board would like to wish our members and friends a Happy, Safe and Healthy New Year.

Springfield Armory Dinosaur!  Massachusetts may have a state dinosaur in the future.   You can help vote for one of two ...
01/04/2021
Vote on Massachusetts' State Dinosaur

Springfield Armory Dinosaur! Massachusetts may have a state dinosaur in the future. You can help vote for one of two dinosaurs to be named, by clicking on the attached link and selecting a dinosaur. The Anchisaurus polyzelus discovered in the 1850’s was discovered during construction at the Springfield Armory Watershops. Please vote for “our” dinosaur!!!

Later this month, I will file legislation to designate an official "State Dinosaur" and I need your help! Twelve states have already designated an official "State Dinosaur," and with your help, maybe Massachusetts will be next. The dinosaurs up for consideration are Podokesaurus holyokensis and Anch...

Mass Moments
04/30/2020

Mass Moments

There was great sadness in Springfield as the city's historic armory closed its doors after nearly two centuries as the leading producer of small arms for the American military, #OTD in 1968. http://ow.ly/ODxJ50zhjxe #humanitiestoday

The most successful event ever held by Friends of Springfield Armory.  Huge attendance at the Daniel Shays Symposium.
01/25/2020

The most successful event ever held by Friends of Springfield Armory. Huge attendance at the Daniel Shays Symposium.

Springfield Armory National Historic Site
01/23/2020

Springfield Armory National Historic Site

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!

Shays Rebellion: Perspectives on History
12/12/2019
Shays Rebellion: Perspectives on History

Shays Rebellion: Perspectives on History

The Shays Rebellion event of the year, with premier speakers, researchers and authors. Presenters include: The Final Fight at Sheffield - Tim Abbott, Regional Conservation Director, Housatonic Valley Association. Master's Degree Clark University Shays Kerfuffle: A Peoples Perspective - Daniel Bullen...

Today!!!
11/02/2019

Today!!!

10/23/2019
Springfield Armory National Historic Site
10/10/2019
Springfield Armory National Historic Site

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

Springfield Armory National Historic Site
07/10/2019

Springfield Armory National Historic Site

Return to 1943 when Benny Goodman played a concert at the Springfield Armory! Relive the time of Swing with music presented by Simply Swing!

This Saturday, July 13th, bring a chair and your dancing shoes for our annual free Big Band Concert on the historic Armory Grounds! The concert begins at 6:30 pm. Dance lesson immediately preceding at 5:30 pm.

The images were taken at the Benny Goodman concert on the evening of September 29, 1943. While the concert was open to all Armory workers and their guests, second shift workers could not attend, as manufacturing could not be interrupted.

#NPSArmoryArts #SPAR #SpringfieldArmoryNHS #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque

Springfield Armory National Historic Site
06/20/2019

Springfield Armory National Historic Site

Armory Day is just a few days away on Saturday, June 22nd from 10 to 4! You won't want to miss what might just be the greatest event of the summer!

Alright, maybe we're a little biased, but it will definitely be an amazing day of history come to life! Come Saturday morning, the Armory grounds will be transformed by all different units and eras of military reenactors. See history in action at the camps via demonstrations and tours happening throughout the day, both indoors and out.

Continue your learning by checking out a few books from the military history book sale hosted by Friends of the Springfield Armory National Historic Site.

#ArmoryDay #SPAR #SpringfieldArmoryNHS #FindYourPark #EncuentraTuParque

Join us Saturday for Armory Day!!!!
06/19/2019

Join us Saturday for Armory Day!!!!

05/25/2019

SPRINGFIELD ARMORY
National Historic Site

Friends of the Springfield Armory NHS is pleased to invite Donors, Members and the general public to a viewing of historical sketching done by Colonel James Gilchrist Benton, Ordnance Corps, USA, drawn while Commanding Officer between 1866 and 1881. The event will take place at 2PM in the Old Arsenal Building at Springfield Armory. Curator Alex MacKenzie will be speak about Colonel Benton and his artwork here and in other museums. The event is free.

The drawing is a broad landscape view of the Armory’s northern exposure and appears to have been made from the ascending topography between what is now Pearl and Worthington Streets. Many iconic features of Springfield; the Armory fence, Clock Tower and prominent church steeples in the south end, known to this day, are featured.

Colonel Benton started the Armory Museum as a technical library for use by Armory staff and for the public to view. Springfield Rifles Model 1866, 1868, 1873 and 1879 were made under his direction. Colonel Benton never took out a patent on any of his inventions; holding that, as he had been educated by the government, it was entitled to benefits, in every way, by his time and talents. A similar sentiment held by John C. Garand. Colonel Benton also made several inventions. One of which, was the application of electricity to determine velocity. He died while serving as Superintendent and is buried at West Point.

The Morphy Auction House of Pennsylvania offered the drawing and other Armory ephemera including bound printed materials concerning the governance of National Armories and an original copy of Marco Paul Visits the Arsenal at Springfield. The purchase was made with funds donate by members of the Friends both past and present.

The Friends of the Springfield Armory NHS supports the mission of the National Park Service through fundraising, educational programs, collection enhancement and outreach. For information on supporting Friends of Springfield Armory visit us at Friendsofthearmory.org or on Facebook.

Award is given to the restoration of Bldg 19 by The Springfield Preservation Trust.
05/15/2019

Award is given to the restoration of Bldg 19 by The Springfield Preservation Trust.

05/05/2019
Museum Wish List – Friends of The Springfield Armory National Historic Site

We have posted the Museum Wish List to our website at this link: http://friendsofthearmory.org/museum-wish-list/

The Springfield Armory NHS, in fulfilling the mission set before us from Congress to preserve and interpret the incredible story of Springfield Armory is turning to the public to help in acquiring important fi****ms and associated artifacts for the museum collection. Candidates for addition to the h...

04/25/2019

FRIENDS OF THE SPRINGFIELD ARMORY NHS
SPRINGFIELD, MASS
The Friends of the Springfield Armory NHS Board (Armory Board) are pleased to announce the acquisition of a pen and ink drawing by Colonel James Gilchrist Benton, Ordinance Corp, USA drawn while serving as Commanding Officer from 1866 – until his death in 1881.

The drawing is a broad landscape view of the Armory’s northern exposure and appears to have been made from the ascending topography between what is now Pearl and Worthington Streets. Many iconic features; the iron fence, Clock tower and prominent church steeples in the south end, known to this day, are featured.

Springfield Rifles Model 1866, 1868, 1873 and 1879 were made under his direction. Colonel Benton never took out a patent on any of his inventions; holding that, as he had been educated by the government, it was entitled to benefits, in every way, by his time and talents. A similar sentiment held by John C. Garand. Colonel Benton also made several inventions, one of which, was the application of electricity to determine velocity.

It was agreed by the Armory Board that this drawing should return to the Armory as a part of the permanent collection and was purchased with funds from the Friends predecessor organization. The Morphy Auction House of Pennsylvania offered the drawing and other ephemera including bound printed materials concerning the governance of National Armories and an original copy of Marco Paul Visits the Arsenal at Springfield are included in the lot.

The NPS will provide additional information soon. For information on supporting Friends of Springfield Armory visit Friendsofthearmory.org

04/06/2019

The website is up and running with minimal content but it looks great. FriendsoftheArmory.org Please vitit and subscribe.

04/04/2019

Our website is FriendsoftheArmory.org. Please visit the site, which is a shell at the moment, and comment on possible content, photos, newsworthy items for future changes.

We will begin adding content to the site in a few weeks, until then we are still working the bugs out of hyperlinks, URLs and page bugs.

Friends of the Springfield Armory National Historic Site's cover photo
04/04/2019

Friends of the Springfield Armory National Historic Site's cover photo

Photos from Friends of the Springfield Armory National Historic Site's post
03/23/2019

Photos from Friends of the Springfield Armory National Historic Site's post

Happening now!!!!
03/23/2019

Happening now!!!!

Happening now!!!!
03/09/2019

Happening now!!!!

02/23/2019

Kelly Fellner Chosen As Superintendent Of Springfield Armory National Historic Site, Coltsville National Historical Park

PHILADELPHIA - National Park Service (NPS)-National Park Service Northeast Region (NER) Director Gay Vietzke has named Kelly Fellner as the new superintendent of Springfield Armory National Historic Site in Massachusetts. She will also administer Coltsville National Historical Park, which is in the process of being established as an NPS site.

'Kelly is such a good fit for Springfield Armory and Coltsville because she values collaboration so highly,' said Vietzke. 'She is an experienced manager who has a strong track record of building partnerships and community, and I believe she is the right person to lead Springfield Armory.

Additionally, her experience working with new and emerging parks in urban areas will be a great asset to the development of Coltsville.'

'I look forward to working with the committed employees, volunteers, and community partners of Springfield Armory National Historic Site and Coltsville National Historical Park,' said Fellner. 'Parks rely on a complex network of municipalities, agencies, and community groups. Together, we can preserve the architecture and stories of technology and human innovation of both Springfield Armory and the new park we are creating together in the Coltsville Historic District.'

Fellner has worked for the NPS for 30 years. Since 2015, she has served as assistant superintendent at Fire Island National Seashore, overseeing, partnerships, planning, and public affairs. Prior to that, she spent five years as the Northeast Region Youth and Volunteer Programs Manager, where she increased the number of partnership programs as well as the funding for service and work opportunities for diverse youth.
Fellner's NPS career has spanned a range of responsibilities in a variety of different parks. She was chief of Visitor Services and Youth Engagement at Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, supervisory park ranger at Longfellow National Historic Site, lead ranger at Olmsted National Historic Site, park ranger at Lowell National Historic Park and Tsongas Industrial History Center, and historian with National Register programs in the Intermountain Region. She also had temporary assignments as superintendent at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area and assistant superintendent at Appalachian National Scenic Trail.

Fellner holds a Master's degree in Public History and Museum Administration from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Arts in History and Anthropology from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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One of the contentions of the presentations yesterday was that the debts were largely held by speculators, that the farmers had a barter economy. My 4th GGF was one of them and had 20 acres of his land seized to pay debts in the spring of 1787. Digging into that today, those debts were to a) a laborer (in fact a cousin of his son-in-law) b) a widow c) a trader. All members of the community in which he lived. I haven't thoroughly dug into the last two yet, but it would seem to indicate the absence of a barter economy - or that he was a real jerk and people wanted to hurt him.
Thanks, very cool.