The Springfield Museums will present their fourth annual Indian Day, a revival of a long-standing celebration and rally of the classic motorcycles that were manufactured in the city from 1901 to 1953. Indian Day will take place on Sunday, July 21, from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. on the grounds of the Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle. The event is sponsored by T.P. Sampson Company. MassMutual is the 2013 Premier Sponsor of the Springfield Museums.
This year’s Indian Day will pay tribute to Butch Baer and his family. Their history with Indian Motocycles dates back to the legendary “Fritzie” Baer, who worked at the Indian Manufacturing Company in the 1920’s and went on to become a celebrated racer, Indian salesman, and renowned racing promoter.
From 1970 until 2005, Indian Day was held at the now-closed Indian Motocycle Museum on Hendee Street in Springfield. Esta Manthos, the former museum’s owner, donated her extensive collection of Indian Motocycles, artifacts and memorabilia to the Springfield Museums in 2007 where it is now on view in the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History.
In addition to the motorcycles on display, there will be vendors, food and beverages, music played by a DJ, and the awarding of trophies for the best Indians in a variety of categories. Commemorative T-shirts will be available for purchase. Anyone bringing a pre-1953 Indian will receive two free adult admissions plus a commemorative Indian Day button (please arrive early for registration purposes).
Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and college students, and $8 for children ages 3-17. The fee provides admission to Indian Day events and all four Springfield Museums. Springfield residents are free with proof of address.