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George Walter Vincent Smith and Belle Townsley Smith with Collection Objects, 1890s

A Glimpse into the Gilded Age: Digitizing the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum Archives

September 16 @ 12:15 pm1:30 pm
| Cost: $4 | Cost for Members: $2

Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Springfield Museums’ recent digitization of the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum Archives revealed a treasure trove of unpublished images, documents, and correspondence. Although little-known, these important Archives tell the story of Springfield’s first art museum and shed light on the lives of benefactors George Walter Vincent Smith (1832-1923) and Belle Townsley Smith (1845-1928). Join the Springfield Museums’ Curator of Art, Maggie North, for a behind-the-scenes look at the process of scanning, re-housing, and cataloging the Archives in order to safeguard documents and share them with generations to come. North will also discuss highlights from the Archives, including historic photographs and letters that paint a rich picture of Springfield’s Gilded Age.

Presented by Maggie North, Curator of Art, Springfield Museums

Join us in-person or online!

If you plan to attend in person at the Museums, tickets are available on the day of the lecture in the Welcome Center.

To attend via ZOOM, please register in advance.

The George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum Archives Project has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

National Endowment for the Humanities

This program is supported by a grant from the Bridge Street Fund, a special initiative of Mass Humanities.

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Image: Historic photograph of George Walter Vincent and Belle Townsley Smith with collection objects, 1890s


September 16
12:15 pm–1:30 pm


Springfield Museums or Zoom
21 Edwards St
Springfield, MA 01103 United States


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