Indian Motorcycle Day Sunday 7/15

The Springfield Museums will present their third annual Indian Day, a revival of the long-standing celebration and rally of the classic motorcycles that were manufactured in the city from 1901 to 1953.

Indian Day will take place on Sunday, July 15, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on the grounds of the Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle. The event is sponsored by the Sampson Family in honor of Esta Manthos.

From 1970 until 2005, Indian Day was held at the now-closed Indian Motocycle Museum on Hendee Street in Springfield. Esta Manthos, the former museum’s owner, spent more than four decades collecting Indian Motocycles, artifacts and memorabilia. In 2007, she donated her extensive collection to the Springfield Museums where it is now on view in the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History.

In addition to the motorcycles on display, there will be vendors, food and beverages, music played by a DJ, and the awarding of trophies. Commemorative T-shirts will be available for purchase. Anyone bringing a pre-1953 Indian will receive two free adult admissions plus a commemorative Indian Day button.

Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and college students, and $8 for children ages 3-17. The fee provides admission to Indian Day events and all four Springfield Museums. Springfield residents are free with proof of address.

The Springfield Museums are located at the Quadrangle at 21 Edwards Street in downtown Springfield. Summer hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

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