Springfield’s History Museum on the Square celebrated the museum’s grand opening with a gala to honor those who made major donations during the construction of the facility.
The museum opened to the public August 8th in the former Barth’s Department Store building on the north side of Springfield’s downtown square. The museum has three floors dedicated to exhibits including six permanent galleries and traveling exhibit spaces.
The Museum also has room in the building adjacent the 104-year old department store building, giving the organization room for expansion in the future.
The Museum awarded their inaugural “Keeper of the Flame” award to Rick McQueary and Mary Haseltine McQueary, and also announced they would be naming the award after the duo. The pair were honored for their “years of dedicated service to the preservation and display of the history of Springfield and Greene County.”
Other awards and recognition was given to those who gave significant financial gifts including “naming gifts” for individual permanent exhibits.
The Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
(Headline photo courtesy History Museum on the Square)