2017 NEDSI Annual Conference
Springfield, Massachusetts
Wednesday, March 22 – Saturday Night, March 25, 2017

Map of Massachusetts showing Springfield

Springfield, MA

The first Springfield in the US, it is the largest city in Western New England, and the urban, economic, and cultural capital of Massachusetts' Connecticut River Valley known as the Pioneer Valley. It is the third-largest city in Massachusetts and fourth-largest in New England, after Boston, Worcester, and Providence, Rhode Island. Basketball was invented in Springfield and it is home to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

The Basketball Hall of Fame

Basketball Hall of Fame

1000 Hall of Fame Ave., Springfield, MA 01105
Tel. 1.877.446.6752

Today, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is home to more than three hundred inductees and more than 40,000 square feet of basketball history. Located on the picturesque banks of the Connecticut River, the new museum is a fitting shrine to the game Dr. Naismith invented more than a century ago. The landmark structure is one of the world’s most distinctive monuments punctuating the Springfield skyline and stirring the spirits of basketball fans everywhere. Hundreds of interactive exhibits share the spotlight with skills challenges, live clinics, and shooting contests. After decades of growth, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2009. It has evolved from its humble origins to become Hoops Heaven...the earthly home of the game’s immortals.

Dr. Seuss Himself

Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden

21 Edwards St., Springfield, MA 01103
Tel. 413.263.6800

In 1904, Dr. Seuss was born on Howard Street, Springfield, and grew up in the city's Forest Park neighborhood on Fairfield Street. His father was a park commissioner, and was in charge of the Forest Park Zoo—a regular playground for young Theodor Geisel. Springfield imagery can be seen throughout his work in the names of streets, the drawings of buildings, the names of his characters, and numerous other references. Sculptor Lark Grey Dimond-Cates, who is also Geisel's stepdaughter, created the endearing bronze sculptures of Dr. Seuss and his most beloved characters for the Springfield Library & Museums Association, located in the heart of this city, which is on the Connecticut River in Western Massachusetts.

Science Museum

Science Museum

21 Edwards St., Springfield, MA 01103
Tel. 1.800.625.7738

The origins of the Springfield Science Museum go back to 1859, the same year that Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species. The Museum was established as the Springfield Ethnological and Natural History Museum, “a collection of specimens of natural history and a repository of arts and curiosities, a museum, in fact, of curious or instructive objects.” The first collections were housed in a room in City Hall, then in the City Library building, and then in what is now the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum. In 1899, a new Museum of Natural History building opened. The name of the museum was changed to the Springfield Science Museum in 1961 to reflect the country's entry into the space age and the museum's inclusion of physical science exhibits. Visitors to the Springfield Science Museum will find a world filled with the wonders of natural and physical science.

D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts

D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts

21 Edwards St., Springfield, MA 01103
Tel. 1.800.625.7738

The Michele & Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts was created in response to a bequest from Mr. & Mrs. James Philip Gray, who left their entire estate for the “selection, purchase, preservation, and exhibition of the most valuable, meritorious, artistic, and high class oil paintings obtainable.” The museum opened in 1934. The Art Deco-style museum presents a strong cross section of American and European paintings, sculpture, and works on paper. The first floor of the museum is dedicated to American art, ranging from John Singleton Copley's Portrait of Nymphas Marston to Contemporary glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly. The second floor is a chronological tour of the museum's fine European art collection, beginning in the Middle Ages—with an intricate 15th century—through centuries with fine paintings from Italy and France.

G.W.V. Smith Art Museum

G.W.V. Smith Art Museum

21 Edwards St., Springfield, MA 01103
Tel. 1.800.625.7738

The George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum is one of the two Springfield Museums dedicated to fine and decorative arts. It represents the personal taste and Victorian aesthetic of the collector whose name it bears. The museum was built in 1895 in the style of an elegant Italian villa and opened to the public in 1896 as the “Art Museum.” Smith made his fortune as a carriage manufacturer in New York City and retired when he was just 35 years old. He and his Springfield-born wife, Belle Townsley Smith, moved to Springfield in 1871 and devoted their lives to collecting art. Although Smith never visited Asia, by buying from dealers in New York and Europe, he became a leading 19th century collector of Chinese, Japanese, and Middle Eastern art. He also amassed an outstanding selection of 19th century American paintings.

Woods Museum of Springfield History

Woods Museum of Springfield History

21 Edwards St., Springfield, MA 01103
Tel. 1.800.625.7738

The 40,000 square-foot museum presents exhibits that interpret Springfield history in the larger context of American history in the 19th and 20th centuries. As a prosperous city growing out of the Industrial Revolution, Springfield reflects historical trends experienced by the United States as a whole. The museum includes the Springfield History Library and Archives, which contains manuscripts, photographs, books, microfilm, and computer databases for researchers and family genealogists, as well as the Springfield History Theater, which shows historical documentaries and presents educational programs. In addition to a large collection of French Canadian records, the library has indexes to the Ellis Island passenger records, the Loiselle Index, genealogy books, microforms, photos and archival documents, as well as diaries, deeds, account books, land transfer documents and photographs.

Springfield Armory National Historic Site

Springfield Armory National Historic Site

Armory Square, Springfield, MA 01105
Tel. 1.413.734.8551

The Springfield Armory, located in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts, was the primary center for the manufacture of U.S. military firearms from 1777 until its closing in 1968. During the American Revolutionary War, George Washington scouted and approved the site of the Springfield Armory, after General Henry Knox, his artillery chief, referred it to him. Local and colonial militia used the bluff on which the Springfield Armory would become located during the 17th century for militia training, particularly after the Attack on Springfield during King Phillip's War. Today, the site is preserved as the Springfield Armory National Historic Site, Western Massachusetts' only unit of the national park system. It features the world's largest collection of historic American firearms.