Traveling into History through Photographs (FREE)

by  Springfield Armory National Historic Site

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Take your students on a trip through history by examining primary source photographs from Springfield Armory that tell the story of the Nations' first federal armory and that of the United States.  Photographs cover a variety of topics ranging from WOW’s (Women Ordnance
Workers), a shift in technology development, work at the Armory, and life at
the Armory. This image analysis can cover a variety of topics depending on your
needs, so let us know what you are interested in! 

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45 minutes to 1 hour

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Homeschool/Family

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Primary Disciplines

Industrial Technology, Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)
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Programs are offered Wednesday through Friday, 9am t0 3pm Eastern Standard Time.

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Springfield Armory National Historic Site

Springfield, Massachusetts
United States

Springfield Armory was established as the Nation’s First Federal Arsenal. The Armory was a leader in the development of interchangeability, technological innovations of firearms, mechanization and specialization in precision manufacturing, and the production of small arms. Springfield Armory had numerous cultural, geographic and economic impacts on the City of Springfield and surrounding communities. 

In 1968 Springfield Armory closed and reopened in 1978 to the public as Springfield Armory National Historic Site which works to preserve and interpret the story of the nations first federal armory and its lasting impact on the United States. 

Scott Gausen

Program Details


1. Introduction of Park Ranger and a brief history of Springfield Armory.
2. A discussion about Primary and Secondary Sources.
3. Photo Analysis Activity
4. Debriefing and discussion about the photographs and what can be learned from Primary Sources


1. Define and provide examples of a Primary and Secondary Source
2. Analyze primary source photographs and draw conclusions.

Standards Alignment

State Standards

History and Social Science Framework Overall Standard
6. Argue or explain conclusions, using valid reasoning and evidence. The strength of an argument or explanation lies in its logical development of ideas, acknowledgement of counterclaims, and use of reliable supporting evidence. Effective arguments and explanations often go beyond text alone to include well-chosen and relevant visual elements such as photographs, maps, and displays of quantitative data. Students’ ability to adapt a presentation to the task, purpose, and audience and their ability to respond to questions are important skills for civic participation.