Springfield history

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Two new historic districts have been established in the largest city in western Massachusetts.  Both consist of a single building. 

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Casino regulators in Massachusetts have endorsed an application by MGM to receive an award for historic preservation for the design and construction of its Springfield resort casino.

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A traveling hands-on exhibit about the history of toys has arrived in western Massachusetts.

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       After six years as superintendent of the only National Park in western Massachusetts, James Woolsey is moving to a new assignment with the National Park Service.

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       A developer is being sought to purchase and restore one of the most unique buildings in western Massachusetts.  Historic preservationists are offering a financial incentive from a pot of casino money.

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A commemorative cross-country trip that is bringing attention to two early pioneers of the women’s rights movement is starting out from western Massachusetts.

More than 50 people will leave Springfield Wednesday morning on motorcycles for a trip to San Francisco to recall the journey made by two sisters from Brooklyn, NY 100 years ago this summer. In 1916, Adeline and Augusta Van Buren became the first women to cross the continental United States solo on motorcycles. 

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Officials have had no luck tracking down antique wooden benches missing from Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts. So, now vocational school students may be enlisted to construct replicas to be included in the massive renovation of the historic transportation building.

Springfield is considering adopting a Massachusetts law that allows for a property tax surcharge to create a local fund for historic preservation projects, protecting open space, and supporting affordable housing.

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A unique community art project opens to the public today at the Springfield Museums in Springfield, Massachusetts. Local artist Sarah Concannon has done a series of portraits of one person from each of Springfield’s 17 neighborhoods.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Concannon at the exhibit.

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The recent demolition of a building at the former Springfield Armory yielded significant discoveries by a team of UMass Amherst archaeologists.

The former Springfield Armory Building 104 held plenty of history. It was where 3.5 million M1 rifles were manufactured for use in World War II.  But kept safe and dry beneath the floor of the building was the evidence of activities dating back centuries.