Sringfield Armory Transfers Gun Collection to National Park Service

Springfield Armory to transfer from the US Army to the National Park Service

On Monday, Springfield will mark the transfer of the historic Springfield Armory’s collections with a special ceremony.

The armory will be transferred from the U.S. Army to the National Park Service. The Springfield Armory was founded by George Washington and served as a manufacturing center for U.S. military firearms from 1777 to 1968. A museum was established in the armory in 1866.

The National Park Service has served as stewards of the museum since the armory was designated a National Historic Site by Congress in 1974. Today it boasts the world’s largest collection of U.S. military small arms.

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