Little League Museum Receives Grant from Lycoming County Visitors Bureau
The Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum recently received a grant from the Lycoming County Visitors Bureau as part of an effort to increase tourism in the county. The $5,000 grant is part of the Lycoming County Travel and Tourism Initiative.
The Little League Museum, which was dedicated in August 1982 and is visited annually by more than 20,000 people, will use the grant to extend its program marketing to neighboring states, while also increasing its use of social media to promote and inform the public about the museum.
“The social networking sites will be beneficial as the museum prepares for its major renovation project,” Janice L. Ogurcak, Little League Museum Director, said. “We envision keeping everyone current on the progress of the construction. Right now we are identifying artifacts that will be placed in the updated exhibits.”
The museum will be closed from Sept. 4, 2012, to June 5, 2013, to complete the renovation. In the meantime, however, activities remain important to the museum and will be publicized with the help of the grant. “The funding from the Lycoming County Travel and Tourism Initiative will help us do that,” Mrs. Ogurcak said.
“We invite people to visit the museum before Labor Day so when they return after the renovation they will have a better idea how much of a change has been made,” Mrs. Ogurcak said.
The museum also will continue its partnership with WVIA Public Media for events.
In March, more than 700 visitors attended the 10th annual Kids’ Day at the museum, which was co-hosted by WVIA. It was the second year the two organizations have teamed up for the event.
Dugout, the Little League mascot, Curious George, a children’s book character, and Boomer, the mascot for the Williamsport Crosscutters, the Single A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, added to the fun for the children. In addition, more than 20 children’s service agencies offered activities and Weis Markets Healthy Living provided healthy treats for those in attendance.
As part of the relationship with WVIA and the television station’s “Passport 2 Fun,” WVIA Clubhouse members receive one free child’s admission to the museum with a paid adult admission.
Although the staff is busy preparing for the impending renovation, there are some special events coming up this summer at the museum.
On June 16, the museum will hold its annual Open House. In addition to tours of the museum, guided behind-the-scenes tours of the Little League complex will be offered. There will be a free showing of “The Perfect Game,” a movie about the team from Monterrey, Mexico, that overcame substantial obstacles to win the 1957 Little League Baseball World Series.
During the World Series this summer, Aug. 16-26, the museum will offer special appearances by Brian Jordan, an author and former Major League and National Football League player, and Jim Eisenreich, also a former MLB player. Mr. Eisenreich will be at the museum representing “A Glove of Their Own,” a book about paying good deeds forward.
“This year is the museum’s 30th anniversary,” Mrs. Ogurcak said. “Even though we have the major renovation just ahead, we continue to focus on Little League Baseball and Softball and its programs.”
The Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum is currently open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on other days by appointment. In June, the museum will be open five days a week, closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. Beginning in July, the museum will be open seven days a week.
For more information on the museum’s programming, contact Mrs. Ogurcak, at: (570) 326-3607. Admission to the museum is $5 for anyone 14 and older; $1.50 for children ages 5-13; and $3 for senior citizens (62 and over). Children age 4 and younger are admitted free of charge. Group rates and tours are available. The museum also offers birthday parties and after hour facility rentals.