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Springfield Museums, Exhibits

May 3 - May 15

What does it mean to recognize that change is needed? And then how can you make significant change? What benefits are realized and at what cost? Thanks to a grant received from the Council of Independent Colleges, Springfield College students have had an opportunity to contemplate these questions.

Working under the supervision of Associate Professor of History Ian Delahanty, College Archivist Jeff Monseau, and Vice President for Com­munications and External Affairs Stephen Roulier, student researchers Isabella Bruns, Jack Duignan, Emily Gentile, Sabrina Moore, and Sabrina Williams pored through archi­val documents and photographs, listened to dozens of hours of oral history interviews, and collaborated throughout the fall and winter of 2021-22 to produce this exhibit. Their work was generously supported by the “Humanities Research for the Public Good” grant program of the Council of Indepen­dent Colleges. In the fall of 2021, students in Professor Delahanty’s class, Making History Public, contributed essential research and insight into the project.

The scholars explored Black student activism and protests on the Springfield College campus during the period 1969-1970. A tumultuous time for the United States, with a war in Vietnam and civil disobedience pushing the American population to rethink the status quo in favor of a more equitable society, Black Springfield College students and allies stood up for their right to equal representation at their school.

Until recently, this brief but formative period of student activism was largely for­gotten or unacknowledged at the College, the contemporary students reported. In 2020, many of the alumni and former stu­dents who mobilized to make the institution more inclusive for Black students in the late 1960s reunited as the Legacy Alumni of Col­or group. Over the past year and a half, their commitment to improving the circumstanc­es of students of color at Springfield College has helped to sustain current students working to bring about a more inclusive, racially just College com­munity.

Springfield College students protesting circa 1969-1970

Explore the George Walter Vincent Smith Museum Archives

Constructed in 1895 to house the extraordinary art collections of Springfield residents George Walter Vincent Smith and Belle Townsely Smith, the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum is a late 19th-century Gilded Age treasure with a rich history. In addition to housing art collections, the museum stewards hundreds of photographs and documents that tell the story of Springfield’s first art museum and offer insights into the lives of its benefactors. Digitization of these Archives began in late 2020 and we invite you explore selections from the holdings.

Explore Now

Group of children in Blake Court

BELOW, PLEASE FIND A LIST OF THE SPRINGFIELD MUSEUMS NEW PROTOCOLS

  • Masks are required indoors for all visitors ages 2 and up.
  • Social distancing should be followed.
  • Capacity restrictions are in place in the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum, the Seymour Planetarium, Hasbro Gameland, the Hanmer Museum Store, Blake House Cafe (except while eating and drinking) and all facilitated spaces, including Spark!Lab, Art Discovery Center, Science Workshop, and Science Discovery Lab, and otherwise enclosed spaces where children are present.
  • Advance tickets are strongly encouraged. Please visit the Tickets page.

Springfield Residents & Walkups

A limited number of walk up tickets (including Springfield Access) are available on a first-come, first-served basis each day at the Welcome Center.

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Combined ticket for The Springfield Museums and the Basketball Hall of Fame

This discounted ticket is a slam dunk! You can visit the museum that celebrates the history of Springfield’s most popular game—the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame—plus five museums showcasing art, history, science and Seuss—the Springfield Museums, home of  the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss all with one discounted ticket. Added bonus! You have a full year to visit each museum.

Combined tickets are available for purchase at the admissions desk at the Museums and the Hall of Fame or right here.

Details

Start:
May 3
End:
May 15

Venue

Springfield Museums
21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103
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Phone:
(413) 263-6800
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