SPRINGFIELD (WWLP) The Springfield Museums received $300,000 that will be paid over a 10 year period from Smith & Wesson as a gift.
To celebrate the donation, the name of the historic firearms exhibit has been changed to “Smith & Wesson Gallery of Firearms History.” The collection includes 1,600 Smith & Wesson firearms covering every era of the company’s existence as well as over 400,000 archival documents dating back to the company’s founding in Springfield in 1852, according to a press release sent to 22News from the Springfield Museums.
Smith & Wesson President and CEO, James Debney, said, “At Smith & Wesson, we are proud of the rich history of firearm manufacturing and innovation rooted in Springfield. This history is being preserved with the carefully and extensively curated exhibits in the Springfield Museums and we are honored to support this effort with artifacts and long-term funding that will allow the Museums to honor this rich history and to preserve it for generations to come.”
“Smith & Wesson has been a great corporate partner over the years, and we’re delighted that they’ve chosen to step forward with such a major donation,” commented Holly Smith-Bové, President of the Springfield Museums.