FRAMINGHAM – Framingham State University, in partnership with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, will hold a special Community Collecting Initiative on Saturday, May 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the athletic gym, featuring Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer Luis Tiant.
“Latinos and Baseball: In the Barrios and the Big Leagues,” is a multi-year collecting initiative to identify artifacts that reflect the social and cultural influence of the game in Latino communities. The initiative’s goal is to work towards the development of a traveling exhibition by 2020.
This unique event invites the Latino and wider community to share artifacts related to their personal baseball experiences, or to their favorite Latino baseball players. Framingham State University’s digital archivists will scan or photograph the community’s baseball memorabilia and add the images to an online collection in Framingham State University’s digital repository
Examples of items to bring to the event include: photographs, ticket stubs, programs, baseball cards, jerseys, trophies, baseballs or baseball gloves.
Two members from the Smithsonian will be available to share stories of artifacts that have been collected through other community events and to speak about the Framingham State University’s Smithsonian Affiliation.
“Throughout the twentieth century, baseball has been at the heart of Latino communities,” says Dr. Margaret Salazar-Porzio, Curator for the National Museum of American History. “By sharing stories and artifacts from our national pastime at events like these, members of the community can make history by providing first-hand knowledge that should be forever preserved at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.”
“This is a can’t miss event for anyone with an appreciation of history, baseball and the extraordinary accomplishments of Latino baseball players over the years,” added Sean Huddleston, Framingham State’s Chief Officer of Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement.
The event is one of several collecting initiatives the Smithsonian is holding across the country that are designed to build on community relationships, record oral histories and identify objects for possible acquisition by the National Museum of American History.
The museum is seeking to document stories from across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Curators from the Smithsonian will select objects based on the stories they represent as well as insight into personal, community and national narratives involving the national pastime.
“Baseball has played a major role in everyday American life since the 1800s, providing a means of celebrating both national and ethnic identities and building communities,” said John Gray, director of the National Museum of American History. “Through the lens of baseball, the Smithsonian seeks to illuminate the rich history and culture of Latinos and their impact on American culture and society.”
Other Highlights of the event will include:
- A chance to meet Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer Luis Tiant
- View historical memorabilia provided by the Boston Red Sox and speak to the Red Sox curator, Sarah Coffin, to learn about their history
- Share your favorite baseball memory
- An opportunity to view Framingham State’s own historical collections on Alumna Christa McAuliffe, the First Teacher in Space, and on our founding as the nation’s first public college for the education of teachers