Hall of Fame Gearing Up for a Terrific Season with Start of KeyBank Summer Programming Series

Daily Fun-Filled Events for Museum Visitors Begin May 31

May 10, 2011

COOPERSTOWN, NY – The school year may be winding down, but the daily educational offerings at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum are heating up with the KeyBank Summer Programming Series set to make its 2011 debut May 31 in Cooperstown.

The Museum offers a wide variety of educational programs and special events throughout the year. But following the Memorial Day holiday, the Museum's daily programming schedule begins – providing visitors with even more opportunities for baseball fun.

This year's schedule brings back some old favorites as well as a few new programs. All programs are included with Museum admission.

The daily summer schedule runs on the following dates and is as follows:

Weekdays May 31 through June 17

11:30 a.m. Artifact Spotlight: Hear the stories behind the artifacts as a Hall of Fame staff member gives you an up-close look at artifacts from the collection in the Learning Center.

2:30 p.m. Artifact Spotlight: Hear the stories behind the artifacts as a Hall of Fame staff member gives you an up-close look at artifacts from the collection in the Learning Center.

3-4 p.m. Hands-On History Carts: Watch out for Hands-On History Carts located in Museum exhibits. These carts allow visitors to experience baseball history in an interactive fashion.

Weekends May 31 through June 17

12 p.m. and 4 p.m. So You Think You Know Baseball? Test your knowledge of baseball history in this interactive game show in the Museum's Bullpen Theater. Make your way through nine "innings" of questions, and win a free year-long membership to the Museum.

Daily June 20 through Aug. 5

10 a.m. Science on the Sandlot: All baseball players use science to improve their game each time they pick up a bat or throw a ball. Learn the science of hitting, and the secret of the sweet spot in this interactive and hands-on program presented daily in our Learning Center.

11 a.m. Making Airwaves: Recreate a radio broadcast of a famous home run call in this fun activity for the whole family in the Museum's Bullpen Theater.

11:30 a.m. Artifact Spotlight: Hear the stories behind the artifacts as a Hall of Fame staff member gives you an up-close look at artifacts from the collection in the Learning Center.

1 p.m. (Mondays only) Connect with Louisville Slugger: Ever wonder how a Louisville Slugger is made? Find out as we connect live with the Louisville Slugger Museum for a virtual tour of the factory and a lesson in bat making in the Museum's Bullpen Theater on Mondays.

2 p.m. Visit with a Vendor: Why do we eat hot dogs at the ballpark? How much does that vendor's case weigh? Can I buy sushi at the ballpark? Learn the answers to all of these questions and more during a Visit with a Vendor in the Sacred Ground Exhibit on the Museum's third Floor.

2:30 p.m. Artifact Spotlight: Hear the stories behind the artifacts as a Hall of Fame staff member gives you an up-close look at artifacts from the collection in the Learning Center.

4 p.m. So You Think You Know Baseball?: How well do you know your baseball? Find out as the Hall of Fame team tries to stump three sets of contestants each day in the Bullpen Theater. Can you successfully work your way through nine innings of questions?

Various Times Hands-On History Carts: Watch out for Hands-On History Carts located in Museum exhibits. These carts allow visitors to experience baseball history in an interactive fashion. Carts during the 2011 season include: Baseball Anatomy 101; Hit and Run: Cricket and Baseball; and Tools of the Trade.

Daily Aug. 6 through Sept. 2

11:30 a.m. Baseball Coast to Coast: Go on a virtual tour of ballparks past and present in this interactive journey across America in the Museum's Sacred Ground exhibit.

1 p.m. (Mondays only) Connect with Louisville Slugger: Ever wonder how a Louisville Slugger is made? Find out as we connect live with the Louisville Slugger Museum for a virtual tour of the factory and a lesson in bat making in the Museum's Bullpen Theater on Mondays.

2:30 p.m. Science on the Sandlot: All baseball players use science to improve their game each time they pick up a bat or throw a ball. Learn the science of hitting, and the secret of the sweet spot in this interactive and hands-on program presented daily in our Learning Center.

3-4 p.m. Hands-On History Carts: Watch out for Hands-On History Carts located in Museum exhibits. These carts allow visitors to experience baseball history in an interactive fashion.

Weekends Aug. 6 through Sept. 2

12 p.m. and 4 p.m. So You Think You Know Baseball? Test your knowledge of baseball history in this interactive game show in the Museum's Bullpen Theater. Make your way through nine "innings" of questions, and win a free year-long membership to the Museum.

Tuesdays & Fridays Throughout the Summer Authors Series: Visitors to the Hall of Fame can hear about baseball as authors and scholars discuss some of the most recent baseball books to hit stores this summer. Authors Series events happen on most Tuesdays and select Fridays during the summer. Visit the Museum's event calendar for a complete schedule.

Summer at the Hall of Fame also features family-friendly events such as the July 12 All-Star Gala in the Museum's Grandstand Theater and the July 22-25 Induction Weekend, featuring the enshrinement of Class of 2011 members Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven and Pat Gillick. For more information on events at the Baseball Hall of Fame, please visit www.baseballhall.org.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is open seven days a week year round, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. The Museum observes regular hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. from Labor Day until Memorial Day Weekend. From Memorial Day through the day before Labor Day, the Museum is open from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. seven days a week. Ticket prices are $19.50 for adults (13 and over), $12 for seniors (65 and over) and for those holding current memberships in the VFW, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and AMVets organizations, and $7 for juniors (ages 7-12). Members are always admitted free of charge and there is no charge for children 6 years of age or younger. For more information, visit our Web site at baseballhall.org or call 888-HALL-OF-FAME (888-425-5633) or 607-547-7200.