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New Springfield Museums Exhibit Celebrates Indigenous Perspective of CT River Valley

Portraits of William Pynchon and Zerviah Mitchell from Indian History, Biography, and Genealogy by Zerviah Mitchell and Ebenezer Peirce

Springfield (MA)—The Springfield Museums present We Have a Story to Tell: Stories, Maps, and Relationship to Place, a new exhibit in the Wood Museum of Springfield History from April 8-September 3, free with museum admission.

Throughout the 1800s and early 1900s, in an effort by mainstream American society to support a single American identity based on Euro-American values, Indigenous people were intentionally called the “last” of their People, giving the impression that Indigenous communities had died out. These actions were their attempt at erasing Indigenous people, and culture, from American society. Despite these efforts, though, vibrant Indigenous communities continue to live and thrive in the Northeast Woodlands and throughout the nation.

The We Have a Story to Tell exhibit approaches historical documents from a modern Indigenous perspective to rethink our understanding of the history of the Connecticut River Valley. Seventeenth century Indigenous and European peoples held drastically different cultural understandings of our region. Through multimedia presentations, interactive experiences, and historic documents, visitors will explore these differing perspectives on the meaning of place as well as consider the continued impact of this history.

###, One Admission/Five Museums,
including the one and only Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum
Parking is always FREE

About The Springfield Museums

THE SPRINGFIELD MUSEUMS are located on the Quadrangle at 21 Edwards Street in the heart of downtown Springfield, Massachusetts. 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 Museum, the first and only museum dedicated to the beloved children’s book author and Springfield native.


Tuesday-Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm

Sunday: 11 am to 5 pm

Advance tickets are strongly encouraged. Please visit the Tickets page.

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Tuesday-Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm

Sunday: 11 am to 5 pm

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Open Tuesday-Sunday 11am-3pm.

For More Information:

Michelle M. Murphy, Vice President of Development and Marketing

413-263-6800, ext. 459