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Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum Open House Recognizes National Little League Week

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (May 19, 2005) – Little League International and the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum will open its doors to the public for free tours on Saturday, June 18, in recognition 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 open house will offer 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 will include 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, will be on hand and available for photographs.

Dr. Karen Guenther
(Dr. Guenther's Bio)

The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and admission is free. Guided tours of the museum will be held every hour. Self-guided museum tours may be taken throughout the day. Guided tours of International Grove are scheduled for 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and will begin at the museum. Self-guided walking tour maps of the complex also are available.

Former Little Leaguers, who played during the first several World Series, will display personal artifacts from their playing days, and be available to talk baseball at 5 p.m. in the museum.

The day will conclude with Pennsylvania Humanities Council speaker, Dr. Karen Guenther, discussing “The Wide World of Sports: Pennsylvania and Sports Films.” Dr. Guenther’s presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the museum’s Mary McGovern Theatre, and is free to the public.

Monetary donations are welcome, and all proceeds will benefit exhibit improvements at the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum, 525 Route 15 Highway, in South Williamsport.

Little League Baseball and Softball is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with nearly 2.7 million players and 1 million adult volunteers in every U.S. state and scores of other countries.