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Armory Provides Look Behind the Storage Doors

SPRINGFIELD — Curator Alex MacKenzie will showcase artifacts from the Springfield Armory collection in three presentations through the fall and winter. The first is slated for Saturday, Sept. 10 at 2 p.m. These experiences will be an expansion of the special exhibit “National Park Service Centennial: A Century of Service,” which runs through February 2017. This series offers the public a glimpse behind the scenes of the collection and a chance to hear the stories about these interesting objects. Admission is free.

Selecting a few pieces from the collection, MacKenzie will explain the history and details of each in an opportunity for the public to learn more about the rich collections of Springfield Armory National Historic Site.

“I enjoy these opportunities to show the public some of the objects in collections storage,” he said. “There are hundreds of stories in the museum collections at Springfield Armory NHS, most of which tie to nearly all of American history. Some are well-known; others are more obscure. Join us as we read the objects and dive into the fascinating history of Springfield Armory.”

A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation, as well as an opportunity to see these featured items up close. The next two presentations will follow on Saturday, Nov. 19 and Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017.

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