Memorabilia wanted for event to celebrate Springfield Catholic schools

Celebration planned for October 28

A statue of George Washington stands outside the former Holy Name School at Alderman and Dickinson Streets in Springfield.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The city of Springfield used to be home to 12 different Catholic elementary schools, but now there is only one. St. Michael’s Academy was formed years ago as a consolidation of the remaining Catholic schools in the city, but the history of the closed schools has not been forgotten. That is why a special event, designed to celebrate the past, present, and future of Catholic education will be held on October 28.

Organizers are hoping that students who attended Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Holy Name, Holy Cross, St. Matthew’s, Our Lady of Hope, and other Catholic schools in the city, will gather memorabilia that can be used at the gathering. Curator Phyllis Lund has begun gathering Memorabilia such as this 1921 diploma.

Lund is asking to borrow personal artifacts from former students for the event she calls honoring our heritage, celebrating the present and shaping the future. She told 22News “We feel it’s extremely important to provide an opportunity for everyone to gather together in one special evening.”

If you are interested in donating, you are asked to contact Phyllis Lund at (413) 782-5246.