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Provisional 2020 Latino-Focused Programming and Education

Baseball: America’s Home Run

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The provisional slate below builds on 2019 programming by expanding public programming to be more inclusive and reflect the diverse community the Smithsonian serves, with a special focus on the bi-lingual aspect of this exhibition.

Photo of vintage baseball glove, mask and shoes
Smithsonian Baseball: Inside the World’s Finest Private Collections

Summer, 2019 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.

A mother and young daughter wrting on a large piece of paper
Creative activities in the museum's Historic Lobby

April, 2020 Creative Writing Workshop

The National Postal Museum will host a creative writing workshop for local middle school students that will highlight the work of Latinx authors as inspiration for the students.

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Illustration activities in the museum's Historic Lobby

April, 2020 Illustration Workshop

The National Postal Museum will host an illustration workshop for local students that will highlight the work of Latinx illustrators as inspiration for the students.

Plate of nachos with salsa, olives, jalapenos and cheese

July, 2020 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.

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33c Roberto Clemente stamp, 2000

September, 2020 Roberto Clemente Family Day

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!

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20c Roberto Clemente stamp, 1984

September, 2020 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.