The Society was founded in 1959 by a group of citizens concerned about preserving the history of Springfield. This was an informal group, meeting in private homes. As the group expanded, public programs were held in the Springfield Elementary School auditorium and the organization began to accumulate historic artifacts and papers.
In the early 1990’s the Society took up residence in the Springfield Community Center. The Historical Society Room houses the collections and archives and provides space for exhibits and research. Adjacent rooms in the Center, including an auditorium, are available for use for lectures and other public programs.
In recent years the Society adopted a Constitution and By-laws and moved to a different organizational structure. On September 17, 2013 we received a provisional Charter (five years) from the New York State Department of Education. In April of 2013, we received our 501 C 3, non-profit status.
The Society holds regular meetings four times a year on the last Wednesday of January, April, July, and October. Other programming is scheduled throughout the year. All meetings and programs are free and open to the public. The Historical Room is open every Monday from 1:30 – 3:00 and by appointment, holidays excluded. A definitive history of the Town of Springfield, written by Kate Gray, has proven to be a valuable resource. Copies are available at $35 plus shipping.