As America entered the twentieth century, the living patterns of the region were transformed culturally and socially by the successive waves of immigrants entering the area. Of the thousands that migrated to the valley between 1850 and 1930, many had experienced the rich cultural life of Europe, and the memories of the concerts and operas they had experienced in the “old country” encouraged them to establish similar musical organizations here. Springfield quickly benefited from this musical diversity.

For two weeks, beginning in mid-March, 1936, snowmelt and heavy rain inundated the Connecticut River Valley, causing the worst floods in regional history. The winter of 1935–36 had been especially hard, with large snowfalls and extended periods of cold weather. The frozen river produced iceberg-like blocks of ice as large as automobiles. When melting began these blocks of ice produced incredible damage. Then heavy rains hit the region. The combination of rain, rapidly melting snow, and large blocks of ice delivered a triple blow that led to deadly flood conditions.

My name is Gina and I am from Dakin Humane Society. I am the manager of events over there. And we’re here today at the Springfield Museums because it’s the first day of April vacation and this is the perfect opportunity, in conjunction with the Wolf to Woof exhibit at the Springfield Museums, for us to get out here and talk about who we are and what we do for dogs in the community: spay and neuter, we have a pet food bank, we have an adoption center, we do camps for kids. So we felt that a lot of the people who would be interested in this exhibit would be the same people who might want to bring a new dog into their home.

This is Nala. She is available for adoption. She is an 11-year-old husky mix. She’s from the area and she’s looking for a home. She’s got a skin condition and she needs some special food, but, other than that, she’s a really good dog.

Written in 1990 by Springfield’s own Theodor “Seuss” Geisel, the story Oh, the Places You’ll Go! speaks to the optimism and promise of the year ahead for the Springfield Museums.

In this video, Steve Wilda, the exhibition organizer of Leaving Our Mark: In Celebration of the Pencil, discusses how the project came together and the artists that are featured.

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno recently introduced this video for the City of Springfield, highlighting outstanding opportunities in the great city of Springfield, MA.

We may find ourselves unknowingly driving down streets in our cities and towns which were named to commemorate some of the local service men and women who lost their lives in combat.

After months of hard work, the Springfield Museums are proud to present our new website!


In response to the community health effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Museums are temporarily closed. Please check the calendar for details about events, programs, and classes. Many have been canceled, postponed, or are offered online.