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D.C. Celebrates the National Pastime.

In conjunction with its "Baseball Americana" exhibition and the All-Star Game--both are taking place in Washington, D.C., this month--the Library of Congress is hosting a number of events connected with the National Pastime.

* Summer Film Series: "Field of Dreams," July 12. The Library is presenting an outdoor film festival to showcase several modern classics that have been added to the Library's National Film Registry. The first in the series will be "Field of Dreams," the 1989 movie starring Kevin Costner as an Iowa farmer who hears a voice telling him to turn a corner of his land into a baseball diamond. "If you build it, he will come," the voice says. "He" appears to be legendary baseball great Shoeless Joe Jackson and his 1919 Black Sox team.

* Inside Baseball: LC Labs Hack-a-thon, July 13. The Library's LC Labs is hosting a weeklong "flash-build" hack-a-thon, July 9-12, to create new digital tools and visualizations for research and exploration of baseball-related collections as data with partners from JSTOR Labs, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture, and Wikimedia. On July 13, each of the partner organizations will present on the prototype tools and visualizations it developed during the week. The event will close with a discussion about the role of baseball in American life.

* Baseball Americana Family Day, July 14. A day filled with baseball-themed evente, including tours of the "Baseball Americana" exhibition: Vintage Baseball Clinic. A game will be played by the rules of the game from the 19th century. Join vintage players from the Diamond State Base Ball Club for drop-in instruction on baseball rules from 1864 and opportunities to handle equipment from the period.

Baseball Story Time. The Young Readers Center presents a baseball-themed get-together with books, songs, and activities for children.

"Black Diamond," a play from Smithsonian's Discovery Theater. Follow the struggles and triumphs of pioneering African-American baseball players Moses "Fleet" Walker, who became the game's first black pro in the 1880s; Andrew "Rube" Foster, hailed as the father of black baseball; power hitter Josh "Spitfire" Gibson; athlete-philosopher Satchel Paige; and a young Jackie Robinson, who broke big league baseball's color barrier in 1947.

Bat-Making Demonstration. Local artisan Juan Baret will demonstrate the craft of bat making in an ongoing, drop-in presentation.

"The Origins of the Modern Game: The Laws of Base Ball." A talk to be hosted by John Thorn, the official historian of Major League Baseball. He will discuss original documents from the landmark 1857 meeting of New York baseball clubs that established the rules of the modern game. Recently rediscovered, the "Laws of Base Ball" manuscripts are on view in "Baseball Americana" in their first major exhibition.

* A webinar, "Batter Up! Baseball at the Library of Congress" is slated for July 31. The Library's rich and unique holdings include many items that document the history of baseball and Americans' fascination with the game. Through photographs, baseball cards, official game guides, newspaper reportage, scouting reports, films, and memorabilia--much of which now is available online--the Library's collections offer a firsthand look at the development and growth of baseball from the 19th through the mid 20th centuries.
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Title Annotation:special events at the Library of Congress
Publication:USA Today (Magazine)
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Date:Jul 1, 2018
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