Springfield MA

Springfield Museums à la Carte Lectures

This event is repeated every 7. day until December 14, 2017.

The popular Museums à la Carte lectures take place each Thursday at 12:15 p.m. in the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. Admission is $4 ($2 for members of the Springfield Museums); visitors are invited to bring a bag lunch (cookies and coffee are provided). For more information about Museums à la Carte, call 413-263-6800, ext. 488. This month’s lectures include:

Dec. 7 The Kennedys: Portrait of a Family

Shannon Perich, Curator, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

Shannon Thomas Perich, curator of photography at the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian, culled Richard Avedon images held exclusively by the Smithsonian—and now on display at the Springfield Museums—for her book The Kennedys: Portrait of a Family. Her talk will provide historical background on the sittings within a political and cultural context and critically examine the work of one of the finest photographers of the twentieth century.

Dec. 14 The Smithsonian’s Jazz Masterworks Orchestra

Kennith R. Kimery, Executive Producer, Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and Supervisory Producer, American Music History Initiatives

In 1990, the U.S. Congress, recognizing the importance of jazz in American culture, authorized the establishment of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra as the orchestra-in-residence at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Hear from the Orchestra’s producer (and drummer) about the role of jazz at the Smithsonian and the work of the Orchestra in sharing the importance of this art form worldwide.

The Springfield Museums

220 State Street, Springfield, MA
(413) 263-6800
Set around a tree-lined quadrangle in downtown Springfield, the world-class museums that comprise the Springfield Museums provide visitors with a wealth of exciting imagery and inspirational artwork. The nationally accredited and Smithsonian-affiliated consortium of museums includes the Springfield Science Museum, the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History, the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, and the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss, the first and only museum dedicated to the beloved children’s book author and Springfield native. The Quadrangle is also home to the Dr. Seuss 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. For one admission price, visitors can enjoy all 5 Springfield Museums and the Dr. Seuss Park. Secure free onsite parking is available around the corner at 21 Edwards Street. Open Tuesday through Sunday.

The Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden at the Springfield Museums in the city where Theodor Seuss Geisel was born and which appears to have inspired much of his work. Sculptor Lark Grey Dimond-Cates, who is also Geisel’s step-daughter, created the endearing bronze sculptures of Dr. Seuss and his most beloved characters. See the "Story Teller" himself along with the Grinch, the Lorax, Thing 1 and 2, Horton, and Yertle the turtle! Free to see and open daily.

See vintage Indian Motocycles at the Museums. Among the rarest Indians on view is the 1904 blue Indian designed and owned by Indian co-founder Hedstrom. When he left the company, he took this motorcycle with him, and it was later passed on to his granddaughter. Also featured are Indian racer and dealer Stanley Cornell’s unique 1912 board track cycle with its original board track racing tires; an entirely restored, operable 1929 101 Scout; and a 1927 hill-climber.

The collection also includes artifacts, memorabilia, and photographs highlighting production of Indian’s “everyman” and military motorcycles from the early years at the famous “Wigwam” through the final days of the downtown Springfield factory in 1953.

Springfield Museums

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