Colorado State University - Pueblo library to host African American baseball exhibit
PUEBLO – Colorado State University-Pueblo, in association with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, will host for six weeks next spring Pride and Passion: The African American Baseball Experience, a traveling exhibit which examines the challenges faced by African-American baseball players as they sought equal opportunities in their sport beginning in the post-Civil War era.
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has provided funding for the exhibit to travel to 50 selected libraries. Pride and Passion is based upon a permanent exhibit of the same name on display at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown, N.Y.
The newly renovated CSU-Pueblo Library and Academic Resources Center (LARC) will host the 1,000-square-foot exhibit between February 8 and March 16. Two free public lectures have been planned as part of the exhibit on February 9 (Kadir Nelson, award-winning African American artist, illustrator, and author) and March 12 (Dr. Lawrence Hogan, nationally recognized expert in the history of black baseball) thanks to a $5,000 grant from Colorado Humanities. All showings of the exhibit and related programs will be free and open to the public. The University has received a $2,500 grant from NEH for attendance at an exhibit planning workshop and other exhibit-related expenses. For more information on local events, contact Julie Fronmueller, assistant professor of library services and exhibit coordinator, at 549-2826 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We are delighted to have been selected as a site for this exhibition,” said Rhonda Gonzales, Dean of the CSU-Pueblo Library. “Players in the Negro leagues were some of the most talented and inspiring sports figures of their day. This exhibition shows that, in spite of segregation, black players helped advance the game of baseball in many ways.”
Baseball is one of America’s central institutions and it has long reflected the complicated and painful history of race in the United States. The story of African Americans in baseball is a remarkable and fascinating slice of American history, displaying the failures of the greater American society in solving the racial problems resulting from slavery, the Civil War and the confusion of Reconstruction. Through a cultural timeline of American history that will be part of the “Pride and Passion” exhibit, visitors will be able to place the African American baseball story into the larger context of American history. For more information about the exhibit, visit www.ala.org/publicprograms.
The traveling exhibition is composed of colorful freestanding panels featuring photographs of teams, players, original documents and artifacts in the collections of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and in other institutions and collections across the U.S. The traveling exhibition content is arranged in six thematic sections, a breakdown that separates the story into cohesive chronological sections and allows flexibility to participating libraries in the display of the exhibition.”
1. Finding a Way in Hard Times (1860-1887)
2. Barnstorming on the Open Road (1887-1919)
3. Separate Leagues, Parallel Lives (1920-1932)
4. Paving the Way to Integration (1933-1946)
5. Signposts for Opportunity (1947-1959)
6. Baseball’s Post-Integration Era (1959-present)
Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports learning in history, literature, philosophy and other areas of the humanities. NEH grants enrich classroom learning, create and preserve knowledge and bring ideas to life through public television, radio, new technologies, exhibitions and programs in libraries, museums and other community places. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at www.neh.gov.