Forging Arms for the Nation
Susan Ashman – National Park Service
A History of the Springfield Armory
Friday, May 5, 12:15PM
Strong House, 67 Amity St, Amherst
Begun as a major arsenal under the authority of General George Washington early in the Revolutionary War, the first national armory began manufacturing muskets in 1794. Within decades, Springfield Armory had perfected pioneering manufacturing methods that were critical to American industrialization. Reopened in 1978 as the Springfield Armory National Historic Site, the original 1840’s arsenal houses the world’s largest collection of historic American military firearms.