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.
If you'd like to donate to support the good work of SAHS, you can do it through PayPal or you can send a check to the address below. At this time, we cannot accept credit cards. Thanks!
Events & Announcements
Click on the Exhibits page to find an Historic Auto Tour of North Springfield. You can print it out and take the tour.
The Historical Society will be open Saturdays 1-4 pm. Masks required.
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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name only if you are comfortable in doing so.
Help! Town Meeting vote is key to our success
Springfield Town Meeting, Article #24
When filling out your ballot, please vote yes for Article #24: $9,500 for the Springfield Art and Historical Society. The Society has no paid staff and its sole purpose is to preserve and share the history of Springfield. This takes many forms.
Receiving artifacts, which are cataloged on the computer and they are stored in archival containers. If necessary, an artifact may be sent to a professional conservator. Of course, our largest project to date is the sorting and cataloging of the Bernie Lashua negatives.
Sharing the history is more visual to the public, like the weekly picture in the Springfield Reporter, our in-house displays, and monthly programs (before COVID). We also do outreach with many organizations including the schools, elementary in particular; Springfield On the Move, providing historical information; the new trails group, developing historical waypoints for their new trails project; and the Army Corp of Engineers on the Valley Street Pool Removal initiative, relating the history of the old swimming pool, to name a few.
Sharing information with people is a large part of our efforts. People contact us often looking for their roots--genealogy information, information and/or pictures of ancestors, the old family home, or a specific time or place. Researching questions like these, we have discovered so many new and interesting things about Springfield and its citizens.
The Society has a budget of over $25,000, half of that being rent. We raise this money through memberships, donations, grants, the sale of our calendar, and the Yard Sale (when we can have it). But, far and away, the $9,500 contribution from the citizens of Springfield is our most important income. We thank you for your past support and ask you to please, once again, vote “YES” on Article #24.
Thank you, Rosanne “Bunni” Putnam, President