The impact of an exhibition is most strongly felt by the participants of a program. Facilitator-led learning brings an exhibition to life in a way that creates deep learning and long-lasting memories. “Baseball America’s Home Run” will present both daily programs and gallery experiences such as curated highlight tours, artifact spotlights, education equipment carts and curriculum based programs for pre-k – 12 students. Additionally, the exhibition will offer a suite of public programs that will attract large audiences for unique and special experiences surrounding the exhibitions and its content. Special programming will continue through February 2023.
Opening Day Family Program
The National Postal Museum will host a fun-filled family day festival to kick off the opening of the “Baseball: America’s Home Run” exhibition. This family-friendly program will feature a wide variety of baseball-related activities, ranging from a baseball crafts station to demonstrations from 19th century baseball re-enactors, as well as an appearance from a local DC area minor league baseball team mascot.
Latino-Center Funded Educational Cart on Baseball Equipment
A portable, educational cart displaying the wide, creative variety of equipment and materials that people who have used to play baseball. This cart will display all types of equipment used to play the game; from the coffee cloths and cans Roberto Clemente used as a boy in his home country of Puerto Rico and the bottle caps used by Dominicans in Vitilla games in New York, to 19th and 20th century replica gloves, bats, balls, and jerseys. This cart will not only educate visitors on the simultaneously common and diverging ways all types of people have played the National Pastime, but also foster empathy, as we can all relate to the creative efforts of ballplayers like Clemente to use any available resources to do something you love.
Panel Discussion on the History of Ballpark Nachos
The National Postal Museum will host a panel discussion in partnership with the National Museum of American History on the history of ballpark nachos, their origins in Mexican-American culture, their rise to ballpark prominence through the Liberto family and their company Ricos, and their continued evolution as a ballpark staple.
Roberto Clemente Family Festival
The National Postal Museum will host a Family Day event to coincide with Roberto Clemente day in Major League Baseball. The program will feature a wide variety of activities, including a crafts station, some hands-on baseball related activities, an art workshop with a local DC Latix artist, standee cutouts of Latinx ballplayers from different eras and countries, and much more!
Roberto Clemente Bi-lingual Story Time
The National Postal Museum will host a special, bi-lingual Story Time program with a reading of Roberto Clemente: Pride of the Pittsburgh Pirates to celebrate the career and philanthropic legacy of Roberto Clemente.
Baseball and Mythmaking Talk
The National Postal Museum will host a talk that explores the truths and myths behind the early origins of our national pastime.
Negro Leagues Heritage Family Festival
The National Postal Museum will host a Negro Leagues Heritage Day to honor and celebrate the rich history and legacy of the Negro Leagues. This multifaceted program will have something for everyone, from story times and live poetry readings, to panel discussions that will explore the history of the Negro Leagues through such topics as the 2010 Negro Leagues stamps designed by Kadir Nelson and the Afro-Latinx ballplayers who made their mark playing for such teams as the Cuban Giants. There will also be a Black and Afro-Latinx Baseball Book Fair, featuring the works of program participants.
Nostalgia and Collecting: Baseball Cards and Stamps
The National Postal Museum will host a panel discussion regarding the history, economics, and culture of collecting, especially as it relates to the similarities and differences between the stamp-collecting industry and the baseball card-collecting industry.
Panel Discussion on Ballpark Architecture
The National Postal Museum will host a series of panel discussions regarding ballpark architecture. In particular, each panel will focus on the recent wave of retro-classic and retro-modern ballparks, the reason they have become so popular in today’s game, and their connection to older ballparks, many of which are featured on the Legendary Playing Fields stamp series.
Panel Discussion on the use of American Indian Mascots for Team Names
The National Postal Museum, in collaboration with the National Museum of the American Indian, will co-host a panel discussion on the histories and controversies regarding the use of American Indian mascots for sports teams. Topics of discussion will include the stories of early American Indian ballplayers and athletes, like Louis Sockalexis and Jim Thorpe, the history of derogatory terms towards Native Americans and how they became used by teams as mascots, and the continuing and varied efforts of activists to change these mascots.
Talk on 1939 and 1969 Centennial Stamp
The National Postal Museum will host philatelists and scholars for a talk on the 1939 3c Baseball Centennial Stamp and the 1969 6c Professional Baseball Stamps. Speakers will discuss both the history of the stamps as well as the baseball history represented on the stamps.
Baseball, the Post, and Japanese Incarceration Panel Discussion
The National Postal Museum will host a panel discussion about the important role of the post and baseball in Japanese incarceration camps. The discussion will explore how both baseball and the post served as vehicles by which incarcerated Japanese individuals could connect with each other and the outside world, while also asserting their citizenship as Americans.
The Story Behind the Stamp: Women in Baseball Panel Discussion
The National Postal Museum will host a panel discussion that explores the rich history of women and baseball. The discussion will explore the fascinating and important stories of women that are not represented in, yet integral to the baseball histories disseminated through philately. Topics to be explored will include the feminist history behind Take me Out to the Ballgame, the professional female ballplayers of the Negro Leaguers, and the story of Babe Zaharias!