Friends of the Springfield Armory National Historic Site

Friends of the 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.
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The Springfield Armory Alliance is a trust organization that advocates and educates the public in support of the Springfield Armory Museum. We invite all people who have an interest in the Springfield Armory, the weapons we produced and the history we made to call the Alliance page their home.

Mission: To support the National Park Service and Springfield Armory National Historic Site through advocacy, preservation and fundraising.

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 firearms 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.

FYI~
02/13/2019

FYI~

We will be closed today so that STCC can clear the campus of snow & ice. We will re-open tomorrow at 9am. Be safe!

Photos from Friends of the Springfield Armory National Historic Site's post
02/09/2019

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

Springfield Armory National Historic Site
01/30/2019

Springfield Armory National Historic Site

Looking for some winter reading? Join Ranger Susan Ashman for her first book discussion, "The Wartime Sisters" by Lynda Cohen Loigman. This historic novel is set at the Armory during WWII. Discussion takes place on Saturday, Feb 9 & 23 at 11am. Participants are asked to read the first half of the book for the first group discussion on Feb 9. Please call the Armory to reserve a spot at 413-734-8551, space is limited.

Springfield Armory National Historic Site
01/28/2019

Springfield Armory National Historic Site

We missed you!! We will be open on Wednesday, January 30. Our winter hours continue to be Weds-Sun, 9am-5pm. Hope to see you soon!

Springfield Armory National Historic Site
01/28/2019

Springfield Armory National Historic Site

We missed you!! We will be open on Wednesday, January 30. Our winter hours continue to be Weds-Sun, 9am-5pm. Hope to see you soon!

Rebels Attack Springfield Arsenal
01/25/2019
Rebels Attack Springfield Arsenal

Rebels Attack Springfield Arsenal

On this day in 1787, 2,000 farmers from western Massachusetts attacked the new federal arsenal at Springfield. The government soldiers returned fire, killing …

Garand Collectors Association
01/22/2019

Garand Collectors Association

Richard N. Garand Sr., 86, of Ludlow, peacefully passed away Friday, January 11, 2019. Born in Springfield on December 3, 1932 he was the son of the late John C. Garand, inventor of the M-1 Garand Rifle, and Nellie (Shepard) Garand. Richard worked at American Bosch from 1955-1986. He was a communicant of the former St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Ludlow.

In 1956, Dick was driving his beloved 1955 Ford Thunderbird when he met Kathy, his future wife and the love of his life. Together they traded in their youthful lifestyle in 1959 for a Rambler station wagon that signaled the beginning of family life and devotion to his children. He used a series of such cars to drive them to the Cape each summer, camp in the mountains, and to discover the great outdoors and other natural places throughout New England. He supported them in every possible way, as young children and adults, even driving Kim to her early morning paper route or helping Ricky with his businesses. He had a life-long passion for gardening and the ocean and enjoyed taking his kids, and later grand kids, to local rivers, lakes, and streams, even swimming with dolphins in Florida. He did whatever was asked or needed; the man was the glue that held the family together.

Richard is survived by his loving wife Kathleen (Michaud) Garand of Ludlow, his children Richard N. Garand Jr. of Ludlow and Kimberley Wolcott of Greenfield and his sister Janice Premont of Houston, TX. He also leaves his 3 grandchildren Sean, Heather and Andrew and his great-granddaughter Lorraine, as well as other extended family members and friends.

Richard’s family would like to thank the staff at Chicopee Gardens and New England Hospice for their care and compassion.

01/17/2019

The Friends group was contacted by some of you offering assistance if there was a need to police the Springfield Armory Grounds for trash during the Government shutdown. Thank you all for the offer of assistance. We did check out the grounds today, 1/17/19, and found there are no trash problems at this time. We hope the shutdown ends soon, so this national resource is available again.

01/06/2019

We conducted two polls on the first round. One poll on FB and a second poll with other options on SurveyMonkey.com. Of those two polls were two different results both very close. So we can ensure the best choice, here are the top two. We are asking for our Friends to choose among them. Once the polling ends, we will choose the new domain name.

In your opinion, which of these two domain names represents the best choice to carry forward the work of a group of people intent on supporting the National Park Service at the Springfield Armory NHS and which of the two domain names would appeal to a broad category of supporters?

You Know You Grew Up in Springfield, Massachusetts if.
12/27/2018

You Know You Grew Up in Springfield, Massachusetts if.

The Springfield Armory, founded in 1777 by then-General George Washington to make cartridges and gun carriages for the Continental Army in Springfield, Massachusetts, by 1794 became an official U.S. arsenal. For nearly 200 years, the government-owned arsenal produced Springfield muskets, the 1903 Springfield rifle, and was the birthplace of both the M1 Garand and the M14. In 1968, the arsenal was closed by bean counter Robert McNamara and given to the National Park Service as a museum.

12/24/2018

Hello Friends:
As we migrate to a new name we also need a new domain name and we are requesting your opinion. There are 5 choice for which you can rate favorite to least favorite at the link below. You can also take the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KT2DF9D

Springfield Armory National Historic Site
12/22/2018

Springfield Armory National Historic Site

Today's program, "Christmas at Springfield Armory" has been cancelled due to lapse in appropriations.

Join Ranger Susan for Springfield Armory's first book discussion: The Wartime Sisters! This historical novel is set at t...
12/15/2018

Join Ranger Susan for Springfield Armory's first book discussion: The Wartime Sisters! This historical novel is set at the Armory during WWII. Not only will the book be discussed, but participants will also delve more into the history of the Armory during that time period.
When: 2/9/19 and 2/23/19
Where: Springfield Armory NHS Museum Classroom
Time: 11:00 (1 hour and 30 minutes)
****Call the Museum to reserve a spot: 413 734-8551*****
Book will be available on January 22, 2019 at the Armory

Address

1 Armory Square
Springfield, MA
01105

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

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(413) 734-8551

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