The Springfield History Museum, formerly the Springfield Museum, has been a cornerstone of our downtown for 39 years. The mission of the Museum is to foster an awareness of the history of Springfield, provide a link between our past and present, and promote an appreciation of the diverse communities that call Springfield and rural East Lane County home.
“By adding the word ‘history’ to our name, we are emphasizing the important role that the museum plays as the steward of our community’s history,” said Museum Curator Madeline McGraw. “Although we do have art on exhibit from time to time, the real mission of the Museum is to preserve Springfield’s history, so we felt it was important that the name reflected that.”
The Springfield History Museum has been undergoing renovations during the last several months. The exhibits have been updated and are now all located on the first floor, making them more accessible to the community. The second floor will be used to store and care for important collections of artifacts. A research library of books, pamphlets, and files has been added to services available to the community. In addition to carrying locally made items, the newly updated gift shop will have merchandise with the new Springfield History Museum logo.
With renovations almost complete, the Museum will be ready to open by appointment this winter. Staff will continue to monitor pandemic protocols to determine when the Springfield History Museum will be open regular hours again.
“This has been a monumental undertaking, and we are very excited to share the updated Springfield History Museum with visitors soon,” McGraw said.