Monday, August 6, 2018

Historical Society presents 'Springfield in 1913 and 1914'

Photo shows a flooded Paddock Road back in 1913. Come and take a walk down memory lane with the Springfield Art and Historical Society as Bunni Putnam, president, presents "Springfield in 1913 and 1914." The presentation will take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18 at the Nolan Murray Center in Springfield.

This program is in conjunction with Springfield Hospital's 105th anniversary.

June 29, 1913 was when the idea of the first hospital was conceived by the Brotherhood Bible Class of the Methodist Church. It opened on Mt. Vernon Street on Feb. 26, 1914, according to the SAHS.

SAHS members have combed through various Springfield history books, Springfield Reporters, town and school photographs, and other artifacts in the Historical Society collection to give program participants a sense of what the town was like.

By this time, J&L (1888), Fellows (1895), and Bryants (1910) were open, but no Lovejoy (1917) yet.

Included in this PowerPoint presentation will be the Flood of 1913, "The Great White Way" and electricity, schools, businesses, current fashions, transportation, and leisure activities, and social societies. But times were changing.

This program is free and open to all. For more information, call the SAHS at (802) 886-7935.

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