Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum Open House Recognizes National Little League Week
Little League International and the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum will open its doors to the public for free tours and other events on Saturday, June 16, in recognition of National Little League Week.
The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the open house with admission free all day.
Headlining the event will be the opening of the museum’s newest exhibition, “Touching Base with Nature: A Look at the Sport from Inside Out and Beyond,” at 10 a.m.
“The exhibit is unlike any other the museum has hosted,” Janice L. Ogurcak, Museum Director, said. “It will focus on geology and astronomy and how they affect baseball and softball.”
The display was developed by Jeri Jones, a geologist from Spring Grove, Pa., who intertwined the sciences of geology and astronomy with baseball and softball. Among the items included will be rocks and minerals – the raw materials used when constructing stadiums and building fields.
Part of the exhibit will superimpose Lamade Stadium, one of two stadiums used during the Little League Baseball World Series, on the Moon and on Jupiter. It will compare the size of the fields when gravity is factored, Jones, an instructor at Penn State - York and Messiah College, Grantham, explained.
Mrs. Ogurcak said the museum will supplement the exhibit with photographs and artifacts from its archives and is working with Seth Whitehill, Head Groundskeeper at the Little League International complex, and Gary Mitcheltree, Director of Maintenance and Field Facilities, to explain what keeps the fields in pristine condition.
The open house also will offer Little League fans a chance to get an inside look at the Little League experience. Guided walking tours of the Little League Museum and the Little League International complex will include a trip through the Dr. Creighton J. Hale International Grove, home to the players during the annual Little League Baseball World Series, and Howard J. Lamade and Volunteer Stadiums, venues for World Series games.
The behind-the-scenes tour will be offered at 10:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m. Visitors are reminded to wear comfortable shoes and dress according to the weather.
Self-guided walking tour maps of the complex are available throughout the day, although visitors will not be permitted to enter the dormitories or the stadiums.
At 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., guided tours of the museum will be offered. At that time the public will learn more about the announced renovations for the museum. The interior of the museum will be completely transformed in time for Little League International’s Diamond anniversary.
The “new” museum is scheduled to be unveiled on June 6, 2013, which will mark 74 years, to the day, since the first Little League game was played in Williamsport – a date recognized as the founding of the program by the late Carl E. Stotz. The Little League Museum opened in 1982 to house the archives of the organization, and to inform the public about Little League’s past and present.
The open house will also feature a showing of the movie, “The Perfect Game,” starting at 2:30 p.m. The movie is about the hardships overcome by the Monterrey, Mexico, team on its trip to Williamsport where it won Little League Baseball World Series championship in 1957.
Dugout, Little League’s official mascot, also will be available for photographs during the open house.
Along with the unveiling of the new exhibit, Mr. Jones will make a presentation about his exhibition.
A native of York, Pa., Mr. Jones earned a degree in geoarchaeology from Catawba College in North Carolina, and owns Jones Geological Services. A teacher who loves to educate others about earth and space sciences, Mr. Jones received the Digman Award for Geologic Excellence from the Eastern Chapter of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers.
He has authored four books, narrated a geological education video series and written numerous articles. He writes a blog for the York Dispatch titled “Rocks under Your Feet.”
During the open house, monetary donations are welcome, and all proceeds will benefit exhibit improvements at the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum, located on Route 15, in South Williamsport. The museum is open Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday starting May 27. Prior to that date, the museum is open on Friday and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Effective July 1, the Museum will be open seven days a week until Labor Day. The hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The museum will close September 4, 2012, for renovations.
For more information on Little League Museum, contact Mrs. Ogurcak, at: (570) 326-3607; or, by e-mail, at: jogurcak@LittleLeague.org. More information on the Little League Museum can be found on the Little League web site, or on Facebook, at: www.Facebook.com/LittleLeagueMuseum. The museum will be open until 5 p.m. for the Open House.
In June 1959, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the proclamation designating National Little League Week, as the week of Flag Day, which is June 14. Flag Day was formally established by President Harry S. Truman to commemorate the date of the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States in 1777.