Over the next few months, workers at the Springfield Armory will be digging a lot of dirt. They’re restructuring parts of the armory’s grounds to recreate the landscape of the National Historic Site to what it looked like in the 1950s.
The Springfield Armory National Historic site is holding a reunion this weekend for its former workers. The Armory is also hoping to record the oral histories of individuals and their families who worked and lived on the Armory grounds during World War Two.
Many movies, from swashbucklers and westerns to military and gangster films, have featured firearms designed and made in Springfield, home to the country’s first armory. A new exhibit, Springfield Armory Goes To Hollywood, is on display through the end of September.
UMass archaeologists are busy excavating part of the massive Springfield Armory complex that once manufactured the standard military rifle used in World War 2 and Korea.
The National Park Service says visitors to its Massachusetts parks in 2012 pumped over 500 million dollars into the state’s economy. But the only historic site in western Massachusetts contributed well under one percent of that.
With the federal government shutdown resolved, furloughed workers and impacted industries are picking up the pieces, and national parks are opening back up.
The Springfield Armory National Historic Site is among the local facilities that would be affected if the federal government shuts down.