Guy McLain is the Director of the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History. Over the last decade he was instrumental in the development of a new 42,000 square foot history building with exciting new exhibits on the famous Indian Motocycle, the early years of the automobile in America, and the Industrial Revolution. In 2009 he oversaw the opening of the new museum, Springfield’s first in more than 75 years. Over his 30 year career as an historian of New England and American history he has served as the curator of more than a dozen exhibits, is the author of the Pioneer Valley: a Pictorial History, and is the editor of Springfield Fights the Civil War.
Prior to his appointment in Springfield, he served as a member of the University of Massachusetts Archives staff, where he catalogued and wrote guides for several significant historical collections. In 1995 he was appointed Curator and Archivist of the Houston Holocaust Museum, where he oversaw the preservation of the artifact collection, established the institution’s library and archives, and organized the oral history program. After returning to the Valley he was appointed to his present post in 2001.