Central Library hosting baseball exhibit and panel discussion

With the Minnesota Twins’ home opener just around the corner, the Hennepin County Central Library is hosting two events of interest to baseball fans and history buffs. The events are designed to highlight baseball as part of our shared heritage and showcase how it infuses our popular culture, literature and politics – our everyday lives.

Panel discussion: Talking Baseball
Tuesday, April 10
7 p.m.
Minneapolis Central library, Cargill Hall, 300 Nicollet Mall

Hear local authors and baseball historians Stew Thornley, Dan Levitt and Tom Swift talk about memorable moments, players and personalities, quirks, and the history of our national pastime. Author John Rosengren will moderate the discussion.

Baseball is called our national pastime, but baseball is really more than that. It’s a part of our shared heritage and something that helps define the American experience. It infuses our popular culture, our literature and our politics – our everyday lives.  It generates fans of all ages, gender, race, location and economic background. Perhaps, best of all, it evokes childhood – both our own and the nation’s.

Exhibit: Baseball: America’s Game
April 9 - June 15
Open during regular library hours*
Minneapolis Central library, Cargill Hall, 300 Nicollet Mall

Using photos, videos and artifacts, this exhibit explores the history of American baseball, from its mid-19th-century beginnings on rural fields and urban sandlots to the major league game of today. 

The exhibit, organized by Bank of America, comprises works from the Bank of America Collection and contributions from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Major League Baseball Productions, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the Norman Rockwell Museum, and Florentine Films. The exhibit features George Brace’s photographs of baseball heroes, Jim Dow’s triptychs of  major league stadiums, signed player jerseys, magazines, books, video from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s “The Tenth Inning” 2010 documentary, and a special “great moments” section of  audio and press photographs of baseball highlights. The exhibit also includes works by iconic photographers Garry Winogrand and Ernest C. Withers; illustrators J.C. Leyendecker and Lonie Bee; and writers Jimmy Breslin, W. P. Kinsella, and Doris Kearns Goodwin. 

*Library hours: 

Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Sunday: noon - 5 p.m.


Published Mar 28, 2012



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