Do You Have a Little League Treasure to Share?
As the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum prepares for its total re-design, we’re asking current and former Little Leaguers, and volunteers around the world, to help us with our archives.
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The Museum is set for a grand re-opening on June 6, 2013, which kicks off a year of celebration of the 75th anniversary of Little League’s founding in 1939. Every exhibit in the Museum will be new, along with eco-friendly changes, as part of the $4 million project. It will close for renovations shortly after the 2012 Little League Baseball World Series (Aug. 16-26).
In the meantime, Little League Baseball and Softball officials are looking for items to add to the Museum collection.
Items that the Museum may consider are those with some historic value, such as baseball caps and/or uniforms (jersey, pants, stirrups, shoes, etc.) from the 1940s through the 1980s that were used by Little Leaguers in Little League games.
Also, the Museum is looking for uniforms or equipment used by teams from outside the U.S. in local league play.
Another example is good-luck charms. Baseball and softball players have long used good luck charms, and if a former Little Leaguer has one of these, the Museum may be interested.
Home video, 8mm, or 16mm film contributions also are sought, particularly from the 1940s through 1970s, since footage from early games is rare. They could be from any level of play or activities connected with Little League, such as pre-season parades and picnics.
Additionally, the Museum is interested in obtaining items used in games specific to the Challenger Division, the Little League Urban Initiative, and ASAP (A Safety Awareness Program).
The Museum also is looking for any items relating to any former Little Leaguer who became a positive role model for children. This might include an athlete, a public servant, an actor, etc.
It is important, however, to note that the Museum cannot simply accept any items without knowing about them first. Items received without going through the proper process will not be considered.
To begin the simple process, if you have an item the Museum might want to display, just fill out the simple form here: http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07e5qae3tah0103v4m/start
The form includes all guidelines for submission, and how the accession process works.