Historic Classical, Inc.

Historic Classical, Inc. historic preservation Established to preserve the history and artifacts of Classical High School in Springfield, Massachusetts. Established in 2010, Historic Classical, Inc., is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the memory and legacy of Classical High School in Springfield, MA.

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Free Virtual Band ConcertThe public is invited to a free virtual band concert at 1:00 pm on Sunday, March 21, 2021on Zoo...
03/15/2021
Historic Classical High School

Free Virtual Band Concert
The public is invited to a free virtual band concert at 1:00 pm on Sunday, March 21, 2021on Zoom. “Music to Spring Ahead,” will herald the first weekend of Spring with a music program guaranteed to turn dreary winter doldrums to thoughts of sunny days to come. The concert will be performed by members of the Sci-Tech Band, the recognized young musicians from Springfield’s High School of Science and Technology, and Music Director Gary Bernice will lead his group through an energizing, upbeat program. Bernice’s accomplishments are well known, as he has led the band program at Sci-Tech to award-winning performances and has amassed an impressive number of participants and followers. This concert promises to put a smile on everyone’s face.

You and your family are invited to join us for one hour of interactive fun, live music, and performance videos. This virtual event is FREE and will feature the SciTech Band Leadership Team. COVID-19 has forced us to cancel many events, but it can’t cancel community. Come celebrate student success in the arts and the hard work of all these talented students. Here is the link to attend: https://scitechband.org/classical-high

The concert is sponsored by Historic Classical, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the legacy of the former Classical High School. For more information, write [email protected] or call (413) 636-9550.

Donate $10 and Receive a Mug or A Photo History Booklet



To donate mail:
Carol Costa
235 State Street, #202
Springfield, MA 01103
413-636-9550
[email protected]

Wilma Parker’s discussion of “Homecoming NAS Alameda” on YouTube
Wilma Parker discusses her painting "Homecoming NAS Alameda" - YouTube
If you missed January’s program, here is a link to Historic Classical’s YouTube video documenting the unveiling in our museum of the picture framed with grant funds from the SCC.
The nationally known artist is originally from Springfield and a graduate of Classical High School. She did a Zoom presentation from her studio in California for us in January.

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Best regards,
Josephine Sarnelli, President
Historic Classical, Inc.

Merchandise for sale12 Hoodies @ $35 ea3 Small white,  2 XL white, 1 2XL white.3 Small blue, 3 Med blue36 Crewneck sweat...
02/09/2021

Merchandise for sale
12 Hoodies @ $35 ea
3 Small white, 2 XL white, 1 2XL white.
3 Small blue, 3 Med blue

36 Crewneck sweatshirts @ $25 ea
3 Small white, 3 Med white, 5 XL white, 1 2XL white
5 Small blue, 8 Med blue, 3 L blue,
2 XL blue, 3 2XL blue

12 Long sleeve Tshirt @ $20 ea
4 Small blue, 3 Med blue, 1 L blue,
3 XL blue
1 Small white

15 Short sleeve Tshirt @ $15 ea
2 Small white, 2 Med white, 2 XL white
6 Small blue, 3 Med blue

50 blue Baseball caps @ $20 ea
(adjustable cap)

Classical Mugs @ $5 ea
Plenty available

50 Booklets -- Classical and Springfield, MA, A Photo History
@ $5 ea, includes postage

Contact Carol Costa at [email protected] or
[email protected]. Curbside pickup available. Shipping $5.

12/27/2020

Historic Classical Inc. Hosts Nationally Acclaimed Navy Artist

Springfield, MA – Historic Classical, Inc. will host a free online program on Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. Wilma Parker, a 1959 graduate of Classical High School, will speak on her Legacy Painting, Homecoming NAS Alameda. She spent three years working on the 44 x 128” oil painting of the Naval Air Station located in Alameda, California. Captain James Dodge had been charged with closure of the base. The work was commissioned by Captain Dodge, on behalf of the U.S. Navy to preserve the legacy and history of NAS Alameda.

Parker’s charge was to accurately portray all the planes from the WWII Doolittle raiders to present day, and in their correct approach positions. The painting includes the historic aircraft carrier Hornet on the left of the mural, up to the then new carrier Carl Vinson, that many had thought would never have a mission. But it was from the deck of the Carl Vinson that the body of Osama bin Laden was buried at sea in 2011.

A copy of the painting was framed and mounted through a grant provided by the Springfield Cultural Council. It is on display in the Historic Classical Museum, housed within the Classical Condominiums, 235 State Street, Springfield, MA. It will be unveiled during the program.

After Classical High School, Wilma Parker graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and the School of The Art Institute of Chicago. Her career led her from Springfield to Chicago to San Francisco, where she currently resides, and at least annually to the East and to Europe where she continues to develop her art. Currently, she works exclusively for the U.S. Navy and the Blues and Royals, the Household Calvary, Windsor Barracks in Great Britain.

Historic Classical, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the legacy of the former Classical High School. The mission of Historic Classical is to keep the history and memories of the former high school alive by inviting the public to events at the site of the old school, where Classical Condominiums now exists and a museum of memorabilia is housed.

The venue is available for free and limited to 100 registrants. For more information about receiving a link to the program, write [email protected] or call (413) 746-9067.

04/30/2020

All Events for 2020 Have Been Cancelled and Will Be Rescheduled in 2021.

02/10/2020

Class of 1974 Reunion
Classical High School Class of 1974 will be holding an informal reunion at the Classical Condominiums. The date is Saturday, August 29th, 2020, 2-4 PM. Reconnect with your classmates, tour the building and visit the school museum where you can purchase souvenirs. We are looking into beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres. Cost to be determined. Follow us on Facebook at: Classical High School Springfield MA-Class of 1974 or contact [email protected]

Historic Classical co-sponsored today's unveiling of the Gwen Ifill stamp.
02/10/2020
Springfield unveiling of Gwen Ifill stamp

Historic Classical co-sponsored today's unveiling of the Gwen Ifill stamp.

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02/06/2020

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Historic Classical, IncProgram Schedule Sunday, February 9, 2020A) Guided Building Tours: Register at ticket table Tours...
02/06/2020
Historic Classical High School

Historic Classical, Inc
Program Schedule Sunday, February 9, 2020

A) Guided Building Tours: Register at ticket table
Tours leave from Museum on 2nd Floor
at 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00 & 3:30

B) Self-guided Tours of Condominiums
View Units: #310 & #408
Open between 2:00 - 4:00

C) Historic Classical, Inc. Museum
2nd Floor adjacent to Atrium (formerly the Auditorium)
View hundreds of articles of memorabilia

D) Robert Loesch Book Signing
Outside Museum on 2nd Floor 2:00 – 4:00

E) Gwen Ifill (Class of ’73) Stamp Unveiling
1st Floor Atrium 3:00 - 3:45

F) Classical High School Souvenir Sale in Museum
Mugs, Shirts, Victorian Booklet & more

G) Free Water & Refreshments Outside Museum

Contact us at [email protected]

Historic Classical, Inc.'s cover photo
01/24/2020

Historic Classical, Inc.'s cover photo

The first presenter at this year's programs, Derek Strahan spoke on his grandfather's experiences in WWII.  Theophilus H...
01/13/2020

The first presenter at this year's programs, Derek Strahan spoke on his grandfather's experiences in WWII. Theophilus Hector Strahan, Jr was a 1937 graduate of Classical High School.

The first presenter at this year's programs, Derek Strahan spoke on his grandfather's experiences in WWII. Theophilus Hector Strahan, Jr was a 1937 graduate of Classical High School.

12/27/2019

Historic Classical 2020 Programs
Historic Classical, Inc. will host a series of free events this year at Classical Condominiums, 235 State Street, Springfield. The overall theme is to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. Five of the seven programs will honor the local men and women who either fought in World War II or through their work at home made a significant contribution to the war effort.

The series will begin on Sunday, January 12, 2020 with Derek Strahan, local historian and author, who will tell the story of his grandfather's experience in the Army Air Forces during World War II. Theophilus Hector Strahan Jr. (1919-1970) was a 1937 graduate of Classical High, where he was a member of the camera club. This interest in photography would carry over into the war, where he extensively documented his travels around the country and overseas during his wartime service. Using these photographs, along with accompanying letters and other documentation, Strahan will show what the war looked like for one Classical High alumnus, from enlistment to training to his time overseas. Derek Strahan is the editor of the website LostNewEngland.com, and the author of two books: Lost Springfield, Massachusetts and New England Then and Now. He currently serves as president of the Springfield Preservation Trust.

The calendar for the year includes the following programs. All programs begin at 2:00:

February 9th Building tours of the former Classical High School that was converted 30 years ago into condominiums

March 8th Concert performed by members of the Sci-Tech Band, under the direction of Gary Bernice

May 3rd Veterans of Foreign Wars pay tribute to the 104th Infantry Regiment, our local Army National Guard unit that holds the distinction of being the only American Unit to be awarded the Croix de Guerre twice for bravery by France, one in WWI and the second in WWII. Guest Speaker Dr. Michael Mould will highlight two of Springfield's citizens who fought in WW II.

September 20th Andrew Lam, M.D., local an award-winning author, historian and surgeon, will discuss WWII's 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the most decorated unit in U.S. military history.

October 17th Park Ranger Susan Ashman’s topic “Springfield Armory: Soldiers of Production” addresses that during WWII employment at the Armory peaked at just under 14,000 with 42% of those being women.

November 1st Small Planet Dancers commemorates the history of the war through routines set to Big Band music and performed in authentic military uniforms and 1940’s dress, readings about the Tuskegee Airmen, the Navajo Code Talkers and the 442nd Infantry and familiar songs of the era sung and accompanied on piano.

Historic Classical, Inc., is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the legacy of the former Classical High School. The mission of Historic Classical is to keep the history and memories of the former high school alive by inviting the public to events at the site of the old school, where Classical Condominiums now exist and a museum of memorabilia is housed.

The venue is wheelchair accessible, and ample free parking is available in the adjacent Quadrangle Library/Museums parking lot to the right of Classical Condominiums. For more information, write [email protected] or call (413) 746-9067.

07/01/2019

Historic Classical, Inc received a donation given in memory of Sharlene T. Moran from the Class of 1978.

If you would like to give a donation in memory of a classmate or loved one, please make the check payable to Historic Classical and mail to:

Historic Classical, Inc
Attention: Carol Costa, Treasurer
Apartment 202
235 State Street
Springfield, MA 01103

Many of you who have enjoyed the SciTech Band at Historic Classical, Inc sponsored concerts.  The Director of Bands, Gar...
05/14/2019
Gary Bernice - BusinessWest

Many of you who have enjoyed the SciTech Band at Historic Classical, Inc sponsored concerts. The Director of Bands, Gary Bernice, was nominated by Historic Classical to be honored by BusinessWest in their 2019 Under 40 Class. Gary was selected and here is his feature write up: https://businesswest.com/blog/gary-bernice/

Director of Bands, Springfield High School of Science and Technology; Age 36 Education: UMass Amherst (BM, MM) How do you define success? “Seek to serve, not to be served” is our SciTech Band commandment. My students and I post this motto on the entrance of our classroom door, write it on our ch...

Historic Classical hosted the SciTech Band
03/11/2019

Historic Classical hosted the SciTech Band

Historic Classical hosted the SciTech Band

Save the date for a reunion ....
12/12/2018

Save the date for a reunion ....

12/12/2018

Save the date for a reunion ...

Historic Classical commemorated the centennial of the end of WWI and the graduates who served.
11/24/2018

Historic Classical commemorated the centennial of the end of WWI and the graduates who served.

Springfield Preservation Trust
10/29/2018

Springfield Preservation Trust

03/25/2018

Someone from the Class of 1968 is interested in finding out about his 50th Reunion. Does anyone have any information about one being planned that I can share with him?

$5 Booklet for Sale! "Springfield & Classical High School during the Victorian Era: A Photo History."  Mail $5 check pay...
03/03/2018

$5 Booklet for Sale! "Springfield & Classical High School during the Victorian Era: A Photo History." Mail $5 check payable to Historic Classical, Inc. to Historic Classical, ATTN Carol Costa, 235 State ST, Spfld, MA 01103. Color photos ... 22 pages.

George Carellas (Class of 1969) was a founding member and first President of Historic Classical, Inc.  This plaque will ...
10/28/2017

George Carellas (Class of 1969) was a founding member and first President of Historic Classical, Inc. This plaque will hang at the museum that he helped establish as a memorial to his hard work, foresight and everlasting friendship.

Judge Joseph Pellegrino and his son, Attorney Raipher Pellegrino, spoke on May 7, 2017 at an event sponsored by Historic...
05/15/2017

Judge Joseph Pellegrino and his son, Attorney Raipher Pellegrino, spoke on May 7, 2017 at an event sponsored by Historical Classical, Inc.

Historic Classical hosted building tours for 90 people today.  The Sci-Tech Band performed their Holiday Concert immedia...
12/05/2016

Historic Classical hosted building tours for 90 people today. The Sci-Tech Band performed their Holiday Concert immediately after the tours.

Historic Classical, Inc.'s cover photo
12/05/2016

Historic Classical, Inc.'s cover photo

Untitled Album
04/05/2016

Untitled Album

A program on Howard P Drew, will be sponsored at Historic Classical in March.  While attending Classical, he was qualifi...
01/09/2016
Howard P. Drew - The Original World's Fastest Human

A program on Howard P Drew, will be sponsored at Historic Classical in March. While attending Classical, he was qualified for the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm. "He was an African-American multi-sport athlete, scholar, soldier, lawyer , judge and gentleman," according to Larry Libow, who will be the presenter. Read about the "World's Fastest Human" at www.HowardDrew.com. More details of the program will follow.

We need $3,200 to install a new heat and AC pump in the Historic Classical, Inc. museum.  Please consider making a tax d...
10/18/2015
Click here to support Historic Classical Heat & AC Pump

We need $3,200 to install a new heat and AC pump in the Historic Classical, Inc. museum. Please consider making a tax deductible donation. The museum is housed free of charge in the former Classical High School, but we must replace the non-repairable pump.

Established in 2010, Historic Classical, Inc., is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the memory and legacy of Classical High School in Springfield, Massachusetts. The museum, housed free of charge within the former Classical High School, contains memorabilia dating back to the sch...

David Powers is photographed with members of the Board of Historic Classical at the May 11, 2015 book signing.
05/30/2015

David Powers is photographed with members of the Board of Historic Classical at the May 11, 2015 book signing.

Address

235 State St
Springfield, MA
01103

on State Street bus line.

General information

• non-profit organization • 9-member Board of Directors • regular public events showcasing local history and making the Classical Museum available to the public • Beginning in August, 2012, Museum will be open to the public every 2nd Saturday of the month from 12 noon to 2 PM. FREE. Park in adjacent Library/Museum lot.

Opening Hours

12pm - 2pm

Telephone

+14137469067

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Comments

I went on Wikipedia looking for Classical High School from Springfield ,Ma and found we were basically relegated to a footnote under Central High School. I am surprised to not see an independent page since Classical had a long and prominent history. I have noticed a lot more obituaries for Classical Alumni, and I am worried we may pass into irrelevancy. There is no list of notable Alumni for our school, but we all know we have had plenty, Theodore Geisel, Timothy Leary, Taj Mahal. The main building being open in 1898 was a marvel for it's time. I wonder what other alumni think of not having a wikipedia posting? I thought we had our own page, but only listings of other Classical High Schools could be found. I believe we should have a page because of the history of our school, while alumni are still around to add to the history.
I just came across this site. I am a graduate of the Class of 1958. We had our 50th reunion and our 55th reunion with parts of both being at Classical. Our class project was the restoration of the "The Light of Education" mural which hung in the school auditorium. It now hangs in the main Springfield Public library. .Our 60th reunion became a luncheon because of the number of us who couldn't travel for various reasons. Our years at Classical were wonderful, and we have kept in touch since the 50th through an email group headed up by one of our classmates. Interesting to see on this site all the things that have been going on at the former Classical High School! Faith Knabe
Calling all 1979 graduates, its 40th Reunion Time! Lets get together to celebrate! October 12, 2019 @ Tower Square Hotel! Buy your tickets soon to save money!
Holiday Bazaar at South Church - Nov 11th - Any interested crafters/artisans?
I launched a page with 6 pages below it about some of Classical's treasures. Some found, some lost to time. If anyone knows anything about any of these, please let us know.
I've added a new treasure to the list