Springfield historian Frances Gagnon will conduct a walking tour along State Street and talk about some of the dramatic events that have taken place on the stretch of the road from the river to Byers Street on Saturday, August 11, from 10:30 a.m.-noon. The tour will begin and end at the Springfield Museums on the Quadrangle at 21 Edwards Street.
Gagnon will describe a riot by Irish immigrants, a hot-air balloon launch by a famous French balloonist in 1852, and the transfer of shackled prisoners from the first Hampden County jail on State Street to the old Court House in Court Square. The tour is part of the Second Saturday Walking Tour series, co-sponsored by the Armoury-Quadrangle Civic Association and the Springfield Museums. Walking tour tickets will be sold in the museum Welcome Center on Edwards Street on the day of the event. Tickets are free for members of the civic association or of the museums. Tickets for non-members are $5 per person. All proceeds will go toward improvements to the neighborhood. The walking tour ticket will also provide $2 off the price of an adult admission to the Springfield Museums on the day of the tour. For additional information, call the Armoury-Quadrangle Civic Association at 413-747-1830 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.