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2019 Programming and Education

Baseball: America’s Home Run

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Students with museum staff show stamp designs

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 begin in 2019 and continue through 2022. Baseball-related programs in 2019 are shared below.


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33c Christy Mathewson stamp, 2000

April 6, 2019 – Opening Day Family Program

The National Postal Museum will host a fun-filled family day festival to kick off the 2019 Major League Baseball season and the one-year countdown until Baseball: America’s Home Run opening in April, 2020. 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.

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33c Satchel Paige stamp, 2000

June 16, 2019 – History of Organ Music Program

The National Postal Museum will host a talk and discussion about the history of organ music in baseball. The program will detail the early origins of organ music in the sport, the instrument’s usage and popularity over time at the stadium, and the way in which organ music has become inextricably linked with the experience of attending a baseball game. Along with the talk, the program will also feature live organ music and a selection of classic baseball songs.

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33c Mickey Cochrane stamp, 2000

June 14, 21, or August 17, 2019 – Story Time with a Washington Nationals Player

The National Postal Museum will host a very special baseball-themed Story Time program this summer with a player from your local Washington Nationals! This program caters to our youngest visitors, ages 2-3 years-old.

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33c Dizzy Dean stamp, 2000

July 9, 2019 – All-Star Game Festival

The National Postal Museum will host an All-Star Game Festival and Watch Party on July 9th to celebrate baseball’s Midsummer Classic. Beginning in the early afternoon, guests will have the opportunity to participate in baseball-themed games and activities as anticipation builds for the game. Once the game begins, guests will be able to sit back and relax, watch the game, and partake in classic baseball food and drink, while also enjoying some mid-inning activities.

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42c Baseball Players stamp, 2008

August, 2019 History of Organ Music and Take Me Out to the Ballgame Program

In 2008, the US Postal Service issued the “Take Me Out To The Ball Game” stamp to commemorate its 100th anniversary. The song, and music in general, are indelibly linked to baseball and the ballpark experience in so many ways. In celebration of the Smithsonian’s Year of Music, The National Postal Museum will host two panel discussions that explore the intersection between music and baseball. The first will detail the history of organ music in baseball, its early origins in the sport, the instrument’s usage and popularity over time at the ballpark, and the way in which organ music has become inextricably linked with the experience of attending a baseball game. The second will dive into the history of Jack Norworth’s Take Me Out To The Ballgame, including the fascinating feminist point of view of the original version. Between the two panels, the program will also feature live organ music from a professional ballpark organist, who will play a selection of classic baseball songs.

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Story Time at the museum

Story Time with a Nats Player (Date TBD)

The National Postal Museum will be hosting a very special baseball-themed Story Time program this summer with a player from your local Washington Nationals!

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33c Jackie Robinson stamp, 2000

September Film Festival (Date TBD)

The National Postal Museum will host a baseball-themed film festival to celebrate the end of summer! Along with snacking on popcorn while watching their favorite baseball flick, guests will also be treated to a sneak peek of our upcoming baseball exhibit, Baseball: America’s Home Run.