Smithsonian Latinos and Baseball Tampa Bay Collecting Event

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Are you a baseball fan or do you have artifacts related to Latinos and Latinas in baseball? The Smithsonian is interested in seeing what you have for possible inclusion in a new national collection called Latinos and Baseball: In the Barrios and the Big Leagues. Join the Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House, one of only 11 project partners nationwide, in this collection event and celebration of the social and cultural influence of the game on the Latino community.

Saturday, February 18, 2017  |  10:00 am – 4:00 pm

The 1930 Grande Room
1930 E. 7th Avenue  |  Tampa, FL  |  33605

Free  |  Complimentary Refreshments
Register for the event HERE

In 2015, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History launched a new national collecting initiative called Latinos and Baseball: In the Barrios and the Big Leagues. The initiative is designed to build on a growing body of original research, oral histories and collections by and with Smithsonian partners to document the impact Latino communities have had on American history and culture through the sport. To ensure that Latino/a communities all over the nation are represented in this effort, the Smithsonian has partnered with 11 institutions throughout the nation that work to preserve and interpret local Latino/a populations. The Tampa Bay collecting event will be the sixth such event held by local partner institutions around the country.

If you have objects or photographs related to Latinos or Latinas and baseball that you would like considered for inclusion in the National Collection housed at the Smithsonian in D.C., please bring them to the event so that National Museum of American History curator Dr. Margaret Salazar-Porzio can evaluate them!

In addition to the evaluations by Dr. Salazar-Porzio, the Tampa Baseball Museum has organized a series of screenings and events throughout the day.


Collection Times: 10 am – 12 pm & 2 pm -4 pm

10:00 – 11:00 am: Screenings of “Baseball from the Beginning”, a series created by the Tampa Bay Rays
11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Screening of a presentation by Yale University’s Dr. Roberto González Echevarría on the Tampa-Havana baseball rivalry
12:00 – 1:00 pm: Panel Discussion with Dr. Gary Mormino, Wes Singletary, Frank Permuy, Art Keeble and Orestes Destrade, moderated by Mario Nuñez with the Tampa Natives Show
1:00 – 2:00 pm: Reception and networking, book signings with Art Keeble, Sam Zygner, Pete Mulry, Ray Negron and Wes Singltary, and autograph session with Orestes Destrade, Nardi Contreras, and more!

Throughout the Day: Scheduled tours of the Tampa Baseball Museum site with curator Elizabeth McCoy, including a preview of exhibits and artifacts that will be on display once the museum opens