The Springfield Armory played an outsized role in U.S. military might in the Civil War, wars of expansion, and both World Wars. Armory workers left to found hundreds of industries in the Connecticut River Valley: sewing machines, automobiles, aircraft, cutlery, machine tools, and a host of other products. As a Federal institution, the Armory also pioneered employment of women and blacks in a skilled industrial setting.
Featured Online Resources
Interactive online exhibits for teachers, students, and the public present the people, technology, economics, and history behind multiple models of industrialization via primary sources, stories, and multimedia. Sites feature interactive maps, interactive displays, and videos.
- Forge of Innovation – This extensive site for students demonstrates principles of industrial development, arms, and the cultural impacts of the Amory. Site is in development by partners, including the Springfield Armory National Historic Site, the Center for Educational Software Development UMass Amherst, and Emerging America. (This site shares the same title, but it is not the Emerging America program site.)
- Springfield Armory National Historic Site – National Park Service introduction to this historic landmark and its impacts on history and culture.
- Steamboat Barnet – Site for classrooms created by Emerging America and the Lyman and Merry Wood Museum of Springfield History, examines the Industrial, Transportation, and Market Revolutions of the early 19th Century, featuring images, newspaper ads, eyewitness letters, and reports by industrial leaders.
- Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History – Describes the museum’s many exhibits concerning Springfield and its wider influence.
- Radical Equality – Site for classrooms created by Emerging America and Historic Northampton, presents videos, interactives, and analysis of more than 70 maps, images, newspaper articles, letters, and speeches on this vital, abolitionist, industrial utopian community: Northampton Association of Education and Industry (NAEI), 14-year base of Sojourner Truth.
- Historic Northampton – Introduction to the collections and programs of the museum and education center in historic downtown Northampton.
Wistariahurst Museum – Online exhibits include the story of Holyoke silk manufacturer William Skinner, his family, and the family servants. Together with the Holyoke Library, these sites explore the creation of a planned industrial city.
- Holyoke Public Library – Holyoke History Room – A dense, small collection of digitized sources on this successful planned city.
- “Creating Holyoke” – Additional primary sources on Holyoke.
- “Holyoke.” History of the Connecticut Valley, Volume II. 1879. Pages 915-938.
- “Bird’s eye view of Holyoke, Mass. 1877. Outstanding map from the Library of Congress.