The National Park Service protects over 400 sites including spectacular natural wonders like the Grand Canyon, dramatic battlefields like Gettysburg, beautiful seashores like Cape Cod, important historic places like Thomas Edison’s Laboratory, the remains of monumental prehistoric civilizations like Mesa Verde, important ecological systems like the Everglades, and sites of lasting historical significance like our own Springfield Armory National Historic Site.

With a history that began during the American Revolution through the triumphs of World War II, and a museum collection of over 10,000 objects, the impact of the Springfield Armory can be linked to all of the National Park sites.  This exhibit traces some of these connections through firearms, artifacts, and historic and modern photographs.  The exciting variety and unique significance of the parks illustrates why the National Park Service has been called “America’s best idea.”