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Little League Museum Expands Hours for Summer; Opens New Exhibit
By Little League Baseball and Softball
June 27, 2012
The Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum will be expanding its hours of operation this week for the months of July and August.
Effective Sunday, July 1, the museum at 525 Route 15 Highway in South Williamsport, Pa., will be open seven days a week. Monday through Saturday the hours will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday the museum will be open between noon and 5 p.m. The hours remain in effect until Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3.
The newest exhibition, “Touching Base with Nature: A Look at the Sport from Inside Out and Beyond,” opened June 16. The exhibit features geology and astronomy and how they affect baseball and softball.
Much of 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. Mr. Jones is an instructor at Penn State - York and Messiah Colleges.
Part of the exhibit will compare a hit in Lamade Stadium, one of two stadiums used during the Little League Baseball World Series, to the same hit on the Moon and on Jupiter.
In addition, the exhibit details how the fields at the Little League International Complex are kept in pristine condition.
The museum has activities planned in conjunction with the Little League Baseball World Series, which will be played Aug. 16-26. Information on the museum’s schedule and programming during the World Series will be available later this summer.
When the museum closes its doors at 5 p.m. on Sept. 3, the museum will remain closed for nine months so the upper floor can be renovated.
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.
For more information about the Little League Museum, contact Janice L. 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, at: www.LittleLeague.org; or on Facebook, at: www.Facebook.com/LittleLeagueMuseum.
Little League Baseball and Softball is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with more than 2.4 million players and 1 million adult volunteers in every U.S. state and scores of other countries.
(Note: The Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum will be closed from Sept. 4, 2012 through June 5, 2013. The interior of the museum will undergo a complete renovation that will include new cutting-edge interactive displays and immersive media. The re-opening of the museum, on June 6, 2013, will begin a 14-month celebration of Little League’s 75th anniversary.)