Springfield Museum

Springfield Museum The official historical repository for the City of Springfield, Oregon.
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The Springfield Museum is an educational institution authorized by the City of Springfield, Oregon to acquire, preserve, and interpret materials that illustrate the history and development of the City of Springfield and surrounding rural areas of east Lane County. The museum was organized for the purpose of serving the residents of Springfield, Oregon as the officially designated repository and interpretive center of Springfield's historical artifacts. The Springfield Museum is incorporated by the State of Oregon as a 501(c)(3) private, non-profit organization.

A fun little before, during, and after from the Museum this afternoon! Even though we’re closed to the public, we’re sti...
07/20/2020

A fun little before, during, and after from the Museum this afternoon! Even though we’re closed to the public, we’re still hard at work giving the building a makeover! Now we just need to find some time to do a little weeding outside... maybe we’ll save that for a cooler day! #therealspringfield #springfieldmuseumrenovationstory #supportlocalhistory @ Springfield Museum

07/10/2020

Ever wondered what we did before Photoshop? This book, published by American Lumberman in 1925, uses some detailed cuts to create an amazing “before and after” affect. This special artifact will have a new home in our permanent exhibit! #therealspringfield #supportlocalhistory #archives

Check out this neat magic trick! Abracadabra, the insides of these books have disappeared! These books are props (discar...
07/02/2020

Check out this neat magic trick! Abracadabra, the insides of these books have disappeared! These books are props (discarded and damaged beyond repair), and will be in the new permanent exhibit. Removing the pages makes them lighter and less of a tasty treat for pests! #therealspringfield #supportlocalhistory #museumexhibit @ Springfield Museum

06/25/2020

We’re starting to get into the details of the new exhibit space! The Curator created an exact copy of this 1936 calendar from the Booth-Kelly Lumber Company as an exhibit prop, so that the original can remain in storage and not be damaged by light or temperature changes. Can’t wait to see it in its final place in the new permanent exhibit space!

This view of Springfield’s bridges (from left: wagon bridge, railway bridge, and streetcar bridge) over the Willamette R...
06/24/2020

This view of Springfield’s bridges (from left: wagon bridge, railway bridge, and streetcar
bridge) over the Willamette River was taken by an intrepid photographer from behind Springfield’s
name sign on Willamette Heights-just like the fictional Simpsons’ Springfield, our Springfield also had a
name sign! While we don’t know when this sign was built or destroyed, this photograph was taken on
March 14, 1911. [Crystal Fogle collection, 1989.001.217] #springfieldmuseum #therealspringfield #supportlocalhistory #thesimpsons

We’re working away on the new permanent exhibit space! Here’s one of our dedicated volunteers hanging wallpaper in the n...
06/18/2020

We’re working away on the new permanent exhibit space! Here’s one of our dedicated volunteers hanging wallpaper in the new “Comforts of Home” exhibit, which will focus on the Seavey family home. If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer, send us a message! #springfieldmuseum #therealspringfield #supportlocalhistory #volunteersrock

While we’ve been closed to the public, we’ve been adding to our research library! Along with adding new files and clippi...
06/15/2020

While we’ve been closed to the public, we’ve been adding to our research library! Along with adding new files and clippings, we just received this new text on the lumber industry, and we can’t wait until we’re open again so we can share it with you! #springfieldmuseum #therealspringfield #lumberjacks #supportlocalhistory

Were you a part of the historic protest yesterday evening in downtown Springfield? The Springfield Museum wants to hear ...
06/07/2020

Were you a part of the historic protest yesterday evening in downtown Springfield? The Springfield Museum wants to hear from you! If you would like to anonymously donate your protest sign or share your story, please email us at [email protected] or contact us via Instagram or Facebook. (Photo via KEZI)

Museums are places to learn about our past, and to create our future. We are proud to see museums across the country spe...
06/03/2020

Museums are places to learn about our past, and to create our future. We are proud to see museums across the country speak up on issues of inequality and injustice, and are excited to continue this work. Museums have historically been a part of these problems, and can and should be part of the solutions. We hope you’ll join us, because we’re #bettertogether! #supportlocalhistory @ Springfield Museum

The Museum will be closed until further notice to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Contact the Curator at 541-726-367...
06/02/2020

The Museum will be closed until further notice to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Contact the Curator at 541-726-3677 for more information!

From the Kalapuya who have lived here for thousands of years, to the African American men in this photo who helped pave ...
06/01/2020

From the Kalapuya who have lived here for thousands of years, to the African American men in this photo who helped pave Main Street in 1911, and beyond-Springfield’s history was made by and belongs to people of all races, languages, and walks of life. Exploring the painful parts of our history is the only way to move forward, and the Springfield Museum is committed to that journey. [Crystal Fogle collection, 1992.037.029]

Like our coworkers at @spl_wheremindsgrow we’ve been #busybehindthescenes while we’ve been closed! In the first photo, I...
06/01/2020

Like our coworkers at @spl_wheremindsgrow we’ve been #busybehindthescenes while we’ve been closed! In the first photo, Intern Abby is working hard to rehouse and organize an old donation of mugs, the second photo shows our volunteers moving our new collections cabinets, and the third photo shows our Curator’s dye tests for curtains in our new exhibit space. We have so many projects right now, and we can’t wait to show them all to you! #springfieldmuseum #therealspringfield #supportlocalhistory

Check out our awesome coworkers busy at the Library! Can't wait to read some of those new books!
06/01/2020

Check out our awesome coworkers busy at the Library! Can't wait to read some of those new books!

There is always a lot to do at a library, and we have been working really hard to get things in order. We are still here to answer phone calls, we have a lot of new books hitting the shelves, and we have some exciting things happening this summer. We miss you and can't wait to see you again! #BusyBehindTheScenes #WhereMindsGrow #YourLibraryWhereYouAre

05/27/2020
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May is Historic Preservation Month! All month long we will be highlighting Springfield's amazing historic buildings. Today's property is the Southern Pacific Depot, now the home of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce! The Depot was built by the Southern Pacific Railroad in 1891, and brought new life and prosperity to Springfield. In 1989, the Depot was moved from its original location on South 7th Street five blocks (on a trailer!) to its current home on South A Street. Follow the link below for a downloadable coloring page of this property:http://www.springfield-museum.com/wp-content/uploads/depot-final.pdf

While we can’t recommend that you play any team sports right now, a game of socially-distanced catch between a couple pe...
05/27/2020

While we can’t recommend that you play any team sports right now, a game of socially-distanced catch between a couple people sounds like a perfect afternoon activity! This photo of local baseball coaches John Young and Paul Johnston was taken in front of Springfield High School in the mid 1950s. #springfieldmuseum #therealspringfield #supportlocalhistory #baseball #vintagebaseball

A nice little #behindthescenes shot from earlier today-we purchased these amazing museum artifact cabinets with a genero...
05/22/2020

A nice little #behindthescenes shot from earlier today-we purchased these amazing museum artifact cabinets with a generous grant from @the_ocf but it took a whole other village to get them to their new home! Thank you to our @spl_wheremindsgrow coworkers for pitching in and getting it done! #springfieldmuseum #therealspringfield #supportlocalhistory @ Springfield Museum

05/20/2020
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Looking for a fun activity in between rain showers? Take a socially-distanced walking tour of downtown's historic buildings! You can find the downloadable PDF on the City of Springfield website here:https://www.springfield-or.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/DowntownWalkingTour.pdf

05/20/2020
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May is Historic Preservation Month! All month long we will be highlighting Springfield's amazing historic buildings. Today's property is Ebbert Methodist Church, located at 532 C Street. Built in 1916, the church and parsonage were designed by Oregon architect Albert J. Crandall and cost $40,000 to complete. One of the notable features of this building are its 23 stained glass windows, which were created in Portland and were installed in 1916. Follow the link below for a downloadable coloring page of this property:http://www.springfield-museum.com/wp-content/uploads/ebbert-final.pdf

Happy #internationalmuseumday from the Springfield Museum! While our doors are currently closed and we've been missing o...
05/18/2020

Happy #internationalmuseumday from the Springfield Museum! While our doors are currently closed and we've been missing our wonderful visitors, we've been hard at work on lots of projects! What's your favorite museum? Share it in the comments!

05/13/2020
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May is Historic Preservation Month! All month long we will be highlighting Springfield's amazing historic buildings. Today's property is the Springfield General Hospital, which is now an apartment building at 846 F Street. This hospital, built in 1914, was Springfield's second hospital, and treated many people during the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic. Many of these patients recovered in an isolation cottage behind the hospital, known as the Pest House (not a very comforting name!). Follow the link below for a downloadable coloring page of this property:http://www.springfield-museum.com/wp-content/uploads/hospital-final.pdf

#onthisday in 1908, the Jewett family of Harrisburg got together for a family portrait. We don’t know anything else abou...
05/11/2020

#onthisday in 1908, the Jewett family of Harrisburg got together for a family portrait. We don’t know anything else about this family, but we’re so glad their faces have been preserved in our photograph collection! #harrisburgoregon #springfieldmuseum #supportlocalhistory [Smith and Wanda Mountjoy collection, 1996.059.048]

May is Historic Preservation Month! All month long we will be highlighting Springfield's amazing historic buildings. Tod...
05/08/2020
Which Historic Springfield Building Are You?

May is Historic Preservation Month! All month long we will be highlighting Springfield's amazing historic buildings. Today we're sharing a quiz to answer the question you've always asked yourself, "which historic Springfield building would I be?" Don't forget to post your results in the comments! https://www.buzzfeed.com/springfieldmuseumoregon/which-historic-springfield-building-are-you-eb97odt309

Answer these ten questions to learn which part of Springfield's historic downtown best fits your personality!

05/06/2020
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May is Historic Preservation Month! All month long we will be highlighting Springfield's amazing historic buildings. The first property in the spotlight is the Catching House, located in the Washburne Historic District. This house was built by George Catching in 1908, and is a beautiful Dutch Colonial house typical of that time period. The unique roof on this type of house was a clever way to make more usable living space in the attic! Follow the link below for a downloadable coloring page of this property:http://www.springfield-museum.com/wp-content/uploads/catching-house-final.pdf

More progress on the #springfieldmuseumrenovationstory! These small platforms from the old exhibit are getting a fresh n...
05/05/2020

More progress on the #springfieldmuseumrenovationstory! These small platforms from the old exhibit are getting a fresh new primer and paint job, and will be reused in the new permanent exhibit. While some things have to be purchased for the new exhibit space (like our awesome new pine platforms!), we’re always excited to recycle anything we can! #springfieldmuseum #therealspringfield #supportlocalhistory

There's still time to RSVP for these great conversations being hosted by Oregon Humanities tomorrow at 5pm, register via...
05/04/2020

There's still time to RSVP for these great conversations being hosted by Oregon Humanities tomorrow at 5pm, register via the link below!

Despite the social distance, we all remain committed to connecting to our community. Join Oregon Humanities for their initiative Connect to Place. This Tuesday, May 5 at 5:00 pm, join one of three virtual affinity space conversations - COVID-19 Racism: When Belonging Is Conditional with Dmae Roberts, Remembering and Restoring Radical Resilience with Ridhi D’Cruz and White Allyship through Remote Connections with Alexis James. Everyone is welcome!

It’s about connection, resiliency and resources. RSVP is required and groups are limited to 20 people. Register today at oregonhumanities.org/programs/what-is-cp/connect-in-place/.

Happy May Day! This undated photo shows Springfield High’s May Day King and Queen, identified in our records as Otis "Bo...
05/01/2020

Happy May Day! This undated photo shows Springfield High’s May Day King and Queen, identified in our records as Otis "Bo" Clingman and Lorraine Engle. The group on the left are listed as Les Bergman, Rosie Uchytil, Paul Norling, Wanita Crabtree, Ken Blackman, and Marilyn Bucklin. The group on the right are Carol Rouch, Bebe Clingman, Joe Roberts, Peggy Butler, Reece Bugard, Connie Ohlson, and Henry Cedros. Check out that awesome backdrop! #springfieldmuseum #therealspringfield #supportlocalhistory #mayday [Alice and Clarence Strong collection, 1993.023.022]

Today is the first day of Historic Preservation Month! We will be highlighting historic properties around Springfield al...
05/01/2020
National Trust for Historic Preservation - Sign Up for Virtual Preservation Month Updates

Today is the first day of Historic Preservation Month! We will be highlighting historic properties around Springfield all month, so stay tuned for some fun content! But first, sign up with the National Trust for Historic Historic Preservation's free virtual preservation month newsletter! Each day they will unlock new experiences, allowing you to step out while you stay in. You'll be able to wander the rooms of iconic houses, roam wide-open spaces, and peek behind the scenes at some of your favorite historic sites. Sign up here: https://support.savingplaces.org/page/18506/subscribe/1?utm_medium=email&utm_source=general&utm_campaign=preservation%20month&ea.tracking.id=Email&ea.url.id=456397&forwarded=true

Throughout the month of May, we'll be sharing exciting virtual experiences celebrating historic places across America. Complete the form below to receive daily email or text messages, or a weekly email roundup.

Are you growing a #quarantinebeard? This photo of Booth-Kelly mill workers circa 1910 has a lot of varieties of facial h...
04/29/2020

Are you growing a #quarantinebeard? This photo of Booth-Kelly mill workers circa 1910 has a lot of varieties of facial hair, from full beards to clean-shaven. Which is your favorite? Tell us in the comments! #therealspringfield #springfieldmuseum #supportlocalhistory [Crystal Fogle collection, 1989.001.122]

Are you ready for another thrilling installment of #lumberjacklingo? We sure are! The “Hunt the Slipper” game mentioned ...
04/27/2020

Are you ready for another thrilling installment of #lumberjacklingo? We sure are! The “Hunt the Slipper” game mentioned here goes back to medieval Europe, and involves a “searcher” standing in the middle of a group of players, who are secretly hiding and passing a slipper behind their backs. It’s up to the searcher to catch someone holding the slipper and end the turn! Maybe we should bring this one back while we’re #socialdistancing and looking for family games! @ Springfield Museum

04/27/2020
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In case you were looking for an historically-accurate afternoon snack (spoiler alert: it probably shouldn't be this!) 🥪

Looking for some cooking inspiration from history? Join Curator Faith Kreskey in her new ongoing series Hard Times Kitchen. Cook questionable recipes from the past using ingredients you have at home, and learn a thing or two from hard times.

04/24/2020
"A Funny Thing Happened at the Museum..." read by Curator Maddi

Are you ready for another #museumstorytime video? We sure are! We hope you enjoy this reading of "A Funny Thing Happened at the Museum..." written by Davide Cali and illustrated by Benjamin Chaud-it's one of our favorites! Thanks to Chronicle Kids for allowing us to share this book with you all!

This undated photo of the Three Sisters is damaged, but still one of our staff favorites. Pinch and zoom to see the shee...
04/24/2020

This undated photo of the Three Sisters is damaged, but still one of our staff favorites. Pinch and zoom to see the sheep in the foreground! A nice reminder that we might be stuck indoors, but the mountains will always be there waiting for us 😊 #springfieldmuseum #therealspringfield #threesisters #supportlocalhistory [Cliff and Mary Abrams collection, 1979.002.004]

While the Museum has been closed, our staff has been busy! These exhibit platforms still need a few details added, but w...
04/22/2020

While the Museum has been closed, our staff has been busy! These exhibit platforms still need a few details added, but we’re so glad our contractor was able to finish them. Our new exhibit space is starting to come together! Just another small step in the #springfieldmuseumrenovationstory 🧡 #springfieldmuseum #therealspringfield #supportlocalhistory

It’s #nationalvolunteerweek! Volunteers do a lot at the Springfield Museum-from scanning photographs to welcoming visito...
04/21/2020

It’s #nationalvolunteerweek! Volunteers do a lot at the Springfield Museum-from scanning photographs to welcoming visitors, our volunteers keep us running smoothly! Is there a volunteer in your life? Let them know you’re thankful for the work they do! 🧡

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As a part of the Springfield Public Library, the mission of the Springfield Museum is to foster an awareness of the history of Springfield, provide a link between our past and present, and promote an appreciation of the diverse communities that call Springfield and rural east Lane County home. We feature rotating art and historical exhibits, permanent exhibit displays, and provide additional educational programming for our community throughout the year. As one of Lane County’s FREE museums, our exhibits and programming provide an outstanding value for our community.

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