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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2005 > National Little League Week Kicks Off with Luncheon, Museum Open House

National Little League Week Kicks Off with Luncheon, Museum Open House

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (June 18, 2005) – Little League International and the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum opened its doors to the public for free tours today, capping the annual celebration of National Little League Week.

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.

The museum open house offered Little League fans a chance to get an inside look at the Little League experience. Guided and walking tours of the Little League Museum and the Little League International complex included a trip through the Dr. Creighton J. Hale International Grove, home to the players during their time at the annual Little League Baseball World Series, and Howard J. Lamade and Volunteer Stadiums, game sites for the World Series.

Dugout, Little League’s official mascot, was on hand and available for photographs.

The museum was open all day, and admission was free.

Earlier this week, at the annual Little League Baseball World Series Luncheon in the dining hall of Dr. Creighton J. Hale International Grove, community leaders gathered for the traditional kickoff to the summer, and the announcement of the pairings for the Little League Baseball World Series. That story is here.

At the museum open house, former Little Leaguers, who played during the first several World Series, displayed their personal artifacts from their playing days, and participated in a lively discussion about the earliest days of Little League and the Little League Baseball World Series.

The day concluded with Pennsylvania Humanities Council speaker, Dr. Karen Guenther, discussing “The Wide World of Sports: Pennsylvania and Sports Films.” Dr. Guenther’s presentation also was free to the public.
 

Participants from the earliest years of Little League look at a display of artifacts in the private collection of Karen Stotz Myers, daughter of the founder of Little League, Carl E. Stotz. The first home plate and base used in a Little League game in 1939 were among the items loaned to the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum for the Open House.

A reception was held for the players from the earliest days of Little League during the Open House. Later, the group toured the various facilities of Little League International.