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     Springfield, Massachusetts was the site today for a good-natured election-themed promotion for the national release of a new children’s book.

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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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The Springfield Museums announced Thursday the selection of Kay Simpson as the unanimous choice by the board of trustees to be the new president.

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  The Springfield Museums, located in the heart of downtown Springfield, Massachusetts, is comprised of five world-class museums; the Michele & Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts, the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, the Springfield Science Museum, and the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History.

The Museums Association is proud to be home to the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, a series of full–scale bronze sculptures of Dr. Seuss's whimsical creations, honoring the birthplace of Theodor Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss.

Heather Haskell - Director of the Springfield Art Museums and Collections joins us this morning to discuss highlights from two of those those museums – The George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum and D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

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The public had a last chance on Veterans Day to see a limited showing of photographs taken by combat veterans on display at the Wood Museum of Springfield History in Springfield, Massachusetts.         

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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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There are forgeries hanging in an art museum in Springfield, Massachusetts. But before anyone calls the cops, you should know the paintings are part of an unusual exhibit highlighting the multimillion dollar industry of fake art.

As long as art has existed there has been art forgery.  As long as there is a big money art market there will be attempts to fool dealers and collectors.  Modern science is making it harder to pull the wool over the eyes of museum directors and art historians.

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The Springfield Museums will soon put on public display a rare anthropological treasure that had been misidentified and kept in storage for more than a century.  Officials  at the science museum in Springfield, Massachusetts announced the discovery today.

Officials at the Springfield Museums say they have authenticated an artifact in the permanent collection as a mid- 19th Century Tlingit helmet that likely belonged to a warrior for a tribe of the indigenous peoples in southeast Alaska.  There are fewer than 100 Tlingit war helmets known to be in existence.

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Pittsfield has one. So do Easthampton, Shelburne, and a half-dozen more communities across Massachusetts. Now the largest city in western Massachusetts wants to create a state-designated cultural district.

The Springfield City Council voted unanimously this week to authorize the proponents of a downtown cultural district to apply for an official designation from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The goals of the district are to attract artists and cultural economy entrepreneurs to generate business and jobs and promote tourism.

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A touring exhibition celebrating the world’s most recognizable and influential musical instrument, the guitar, opened today in Springfield Massachusetts.

The exhibit at the Springfield Museums is a mix of art, history, science and pop culture. It shows the evolution of  string instruments from the guitar’s early ancestors,  the first appearance of  the now familiar guitar curve shape in the 1400s ,and the best selling modern designs by American  guitar makers, Martin, Fender and Gibson. 

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Another public works project is planned in an historic part of downtown Springfield. It is an area of the city that has already seen close to $200 million in government investment over the last decade. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

      The historic Armory-Quadrangle neighborhood will undergo aesthetic improvements beginning next fall with a project to repave streets, replace sidewalks, put in new street lights and green spaces. It is to be paid for with $1.6 million in federal money obtained as earmarks by Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal

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A large castle made of sticks has been built in Springfield Massachusetts.  It is not child’s play, but the work of world-renowned artist.   WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

 

            Over the course of three weeks in June, Patrick Dougherty, with the help of some 50 volunteers, twisted, pulled, tied and tangled several tractor trailor truck loads of  sticks….tree saplings actually…into a sculpture on the Quadrangle grounds of the Springfield Museums.