With the Start of Summer This Week, KeyBank Summer Programming Begins at the Hall of Fame

Daily Fun-Filled Events Scheduled for Museum Visitors

June 18, 2012

COOPERSTOWN, NY – The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum offers a wide variety of educational programs and special events throughout the year. But in the summer, the Museum’s KeyBank Summer Programming Series begins – providing visitors with even more opportunities for baseball fun.

This year’s schedule, made possible with the support of KeyBank, brings back some old favorites as well as a few new programs. All programs are included with admission to the Museum.

The daily summer schedule, which runs today through Aug. 3 but is subject to change, is as follows:

The Plaques of the Gallery

10 a.m. & 3 p.m.
Visit the Hall of Fame’s Plaque Gallery to learn about the Hall of Fame election process and the history of the Gallery and plaques. The program starts at the Museum Membership Desk on the first floor.

Today’s Kids, Tomorrow’s Legends 

11 a.m.
Learn about what it takes to be a Hall of Famer, and then create your very own plaque in this program designed for kids ages 10 and under in the Sandlot Kids Clubhouse.

Artifact Spotlight 

11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Get the stories behind the artifacts with this presentation in the Learning Center that focuses on the human drama associated with the Museum's exhibits and artifacts. Brief but entertaining, these talks are delivered by Hall of Fame staff on a daily basis. You know the statistics. Now hear the rest of the story.

Connect with Louisville Slugger 

1 p.m. (Wed)
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 Wednesdays.

Virtual Tour of AT&T Park

1 p.m. (Thurs)
Join us for a special virtual tour of AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, as we connect live via videoconference in the Museum’s Bullpen Theater on Thursdays. 

Making Airwaves

1 p.m. (Fri-Mon)
Recreate a radio broadcast of a famous home run call in this fun activity for the whole family in the Museum’s Bullpen Theater on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays.

Visit with a Vendor

2 p.m.
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 Third Floor.

So You Think You Know Baseball?

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

Be sure to check on a daily basis for the Museum’s Hands-On History Stations, which are hosted at various times throughout the Museum. The Hands-On History Stations illustrate the connection between the National Pastime and American History.

Summer at the Hall of Fame also features family-friendly events such as the July 10 All-Star Gala in the Museum’s Grandstand Theater and the July 20-23 Induction Weekend, featuring the enshrinement of Class of 2012 members Barry Larkin and Ron Santo. 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 summer hours of 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. from Memorial Day Weekend until the day before Labor Day. From Labor Day until Memorial Day Weekend, the Museum observes daily regular hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. 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.