Baltimore Bridge in N. Spfld. 1960s
Baltimore Bridge in N. Spfld. 1960s

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The Plaza - old entrance and exit
The Plaza - old entrance and exit

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Come visit any Saturday 1-4 pm

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Baltimore Bridge in N. Spfld. 1960s
Baltimore Bridge in N. Spfld. 1960s

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Come visit on January 8th.  Open 1-4 pm.  New displays are up and more are being added.  Admission is free - bring a friend!

MISSION STATEMENT


The Springfield Art & Historical Society exists to promote an appreciation of Springfield’s history and historical art by identifying, collecting, preserving, and making available material that documents the story of the town’s people, industry, and culture.

Open Saturdays 1-4 pm except Jan. 22 and Feb. 19 

J&L program rescheduled for February 19, 2022 at 2 pm at the Congregational Church in Springfield.  

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J&L "Upper Shop" employees 1890's

A Photographic History of Jones & Lamson

This program is not a fact & figures history of J&L manufacturing but rather a tribute to how the company physically grew and to its 114-year old building, now gone from the face of the earth.  We have gathered up old and newer photographs to illustrate how this business, which arrived via ox carts over dirt roads in 1888, turned a basic farm town, without even a railroad, into a world-renown machine tool producer.

 

What was memorable to many about 1888 was the Blizzard that dropped 3 feet of snow and then whipped it up into 15’ drifts in some places.   But to the people of Springfield Vermont, it was the arrival of the Jones & Lamson Machine Tool Company from Windsor Vermont.  It took from April to October to complete the move down the 17 miles of dirt roads from Windsor to Springfield in ox carts.  Thanks to Adna Brown and company who made the deal to bring the business to town and then to James Hartness who guided it, and its three offspring, to become world-renown machine tool businesses.

 

So what was this business that, at a special town meeting, the townspeople voted 500 to 1 to give it a 10-year tax exemption?   So many of us had a relative who worked there, be it a sibling, parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle.  This program is for them. For more information, call 802-886-7935 or email sahs@vermontel.net

This and all of the Society’s programs are free and open to the public and are generally held on the third Saturday of the month at 2 PM. This month is an exception - it will be on the 4th Saturday.  

Enjoy the video made by Jackie Barr with historical data provided by Bunni Putnam of the SAHS.  Visit SAHS and see the dolls and carriages.

Can you help?

More important than ever in 2022!

The Covid-19 pandemic has presented all of us with challenges we never envisioned.  We all have shared in the lockdowns, mask wearing, food shortages, and some of us have been on the front lines of the “battle.”

 

The Springfield Art and Historical Society would like to hear about your personal experiences and perspectives during this unprecedented time so that we can preserve them in our archives for future research and education by generations to come.   Responses mailed to SAHS, PO Box 336, North Springfield, VT 05150 or can be emailed to sahs@vermontel.net.  Please include your name only if you are comfortable in doing so.  

How to Clean a Gravestone; from workshop done in 2020 by Scott Andrew Bartley for SAHS