Friday, March 20, 7pm – 9pm, Free!
Greenfield Community College, Sloan Theater
North from the Springfield Armory: The Industrial Corridor up the Connecticut River from Springfield to Windsor VT
GCC Richard Colton, historian, ranger for the Springfield Armory NHS, and Jim Terapane, state-certified journeyman machinist and president of The Museum of Our Industrial Heritage.
The Springfield Armory’s role in the establishment of a manufacturing region, incorporating what foreign observers called the “American System of Manufacturing,” rested on cooperative government-funded and private investment and development, and owed much to free enterprise and the movement of people and ideas. From its founding, chartered by George Washington, the technologies developed in the manufacture of arms there be- came the springboard for the spread of machine tool industry stretching up the river to Windsor, Vermont. Explore the genealogy of regional and Connecticut Valley companies, their connections to the Springfield Armory, and the industrial lineage of Franklin County. More information here.