Baseball Exhibit to Accompany CELIA Lectures on Feb. 10

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Sultans of Swing (click to visit CELIA site)

We are taking an exhibit of baseball materials “on the road” – to Millett Hall – on Wednesday, February 10th!

As part of CELIA’s 2016 series The Sultans of Swing: 100 Years of Baseball, Jazz and Short Fiction, two lectures will take place on February 10th in the Millett Hall Atrium from 1:25 to 2:20 p.m., centering on the theme “Leagues of Their Own: Women and African-Americans in Baseball History.” Michael Carter, an expert in the histories of Negro Leagues and Dayton baseball, will present “Remembering Negro Leagues Baseball’s Place in History.” Leslie Heaphy, associate professor of history at Kent State University at Stark, will present “Unraveling Some of the Mystery of Baseball’s Past.”

In accompaniment of the February 10th lectures, our archivists will be bringing an exhibit of original photographs, programs, ticket stubs, and other items. Photographs, many of which are from our Dayton Daily News Archive, will include the Cincinnati Reds, the Dayton Ducks minor league team, and the infamous 1919 World Series. Many items from the Todd Holst Baseball Collection (MS-401) will also be featured.

The exhibit will be available in the Millett Hall Atrium from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 10th.

We hope to see you there!

Earlier this week, Dr. Scott Peterson, WSU Communications Department, was here filming some footage for his Sultans of Swing documentary.

Dr. Scott Peterson, WSU Communications Dept., filming some footage in Special Collections and Archives for his upcoming baseball documentary "Sultans of Swing." February 4, 2016

Dr. Scott Peterson, WSU Communications Dept., filming some footage in Special Collections and Archives for his upcoming baseball documentary “Sultans of Swing.” February 4, 2016

Learn more about the CELIA series The Sultans of Swing: 100 Years of Baseball, Jazz and Short Fiction on the WSU News Room.

Learn more about Dayton’s baseball history with these online resources:

  • Baseball in Dayton,” Dayton Daily News Archive blog, May 24, 2011.
  • Play Ball!” Out of the Box blog, April 4, 2012.
  • Opening Day,” Dayton Daily News Archive blog, April 3, 2012.
  • Baseball, Dayton Area Sports History web site
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New Exhibit: Vintage Valentines

In honor of Valentine’s Day this month, we have a special new exhibit of original vintage valentines out in our reading room:

Vintage Valentines Exhibit, Feb. 2016

Vintage Valentines Exhibit, Feb. 2016

The valentines are from the Pedrick Family Papers (MS-243) and are believed to date to the early 1900s. While some are handmade and others were commercially produced, they are all a delight to look at and read.

We hope you’ll stop by and take a peek!

Vintage Valentines Exhibit, Feb. 2016

Vintage Valentines Exhibit, Feb. 2016

The valentines will be available for viewing until the end of February.

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Young Love in the Archives

004Inspired by Valentine’s Day, I want to share an item that I first saw in the archives years ago while researching an exhibit on children.  When I opened a folder in the Schenck Family Papers (MS-284), I discovered a pink baby book filled in by Elizabeth Schenck, a new mother in 1921, so obviously in love with her baby son, Joseph Graham Crane Schenck, Jr., nicknamed “Sonny”.  Ninety-five years later, this pink book exudes a mother’s adoration, with tracings of his newborn hand and foot, and descriptions of his first party, first outing, first clothes, first photograph. It not only tugs at the heart strings, but it documents this little one’s early childhood, and provides a glimpse into this Dayton family’s home life in the 1920s.

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“He laughed out loud before he was three months old. Sonny is 009a great smiler—always wakens with a smile anytime—day or night.”

When turning the pages of the book, one can’t help wonder what became of that smiling child.   The answers can be found in the same box of the Schenck Family Papers.  In it are Sonny’s degrees from Steele High School and Colgate University, newsclippings, and V-mail he wrote as a newly enlisted man and as a POW in Germany during World War II. Preserved are messages from the War Department to the Schenck family informing them of their son’s disappearance, his captivity, and joyously, his release in April, 1945.

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Elizabeth Schenck probably had no idea that someday, the pink baby book in which she recorded the first years of Sonny’s life,  would inspire an archivist to write a blog post about him in 2016.  But then, love reaches across time.

 

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