Museum’s Free Virtual Programs Feature Exhibit Tours, Instagram Live Events

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) – The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is helping fans and students stay Safe at Home with virtual programming that includes exhibit tours, educational curriculum and storytelling from some of the game’s greatest legends.

Through Safe at Home, the Museum’s Education Department is offering free Virtual Field Trips, Curator Spotlights and Voices of the Game programs via live online events.

Additionally, Hall of Famer Chipper Jones teams up with ESPN broadcast partner Jon “Boog” Sciambi at 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesdays for Safe at Home with Boog and Chipper on the Museum’s Instagram feed @baseballhall.

Upcoming programs include (all times Eastern):

Virtual Curator Spotlight: ¡Viva Baseball!
Tuesday, April 28, 2 p.m.

¡Viva Baseball! focuses on the rich baseball traditions of the major baseball-playing countries of Latin America: Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. This virtual experience will highlight the Museum’s ¡Viva Baseball! Exhibit, featuring a special interview with a Hall of Fame curator.

Safe at Home with Boog and Chipper
Wednesday, April 29, 7:30 p.m.

Join Hall of Famer Chipper Jones and ESPN’s Jon “Boog” Sciambi on Instagram Live as the two discuss the game’s latest news and share memories on and off the field. Jones and Sciambi will be paired for ESPN Major League Baseball telecasts this season.

Virtual Field Trip: Women’s History: Dirt on Their Skirts
Thursday, April 30, 2 p.m.

Women and girls have always loved and played the game and have worked hard to fulfill their baseball dreams. In this program, students and their families explore milestones and events in the history of women and girls in baseball to determine how their achievements led to greater opportunities for all.

Virtual Voices of the Game: Brian Kenny
Friday, May 1, 11 a.m.

This free Virtual Voices of the Game program features MLB Network studio host Brian Kenny. An Emmy Award-winning broadcaster, Kenny has worked at MLB Network since 2011, after a long and successful tenure at ESPN. He has served as Master of Ceremonies for the annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony since 2017. He is also the author of “Ahead of the Curve: Inside the Baseball Revolution.” Kenny will talk about his book, expectations for a possible season in 2020 and his many visits to Cooperstown.

Virtual Curator Spotlight: Diamond Dreams
Tuesday, May 5, 11 a.m.

Our popular Diamond Dreams exhibit traces women's roles in the game from 19th-century ballclubs to their present-day involvement – on the field and in baseball's front offices and broadcast booths. This virtual experience will highlight the Museum's Diamond Dreams exhibit featuring a special interview with a Hall of Fame curator.

Safe at Home with Boog and Chipper
Wednesday, May 6, 7:30 p.m.

Join Hall of Famer Chipper Jones and ESPN’s Jon “Boog” Sciambi on Instagram Live as the two discuss the game’s latest news and share memories on and off the field. Jones and Sciambi will be paired for ESPN Major League Baseball telecasts this season.

Virtual Field Trip: American History through Baseball Uniforms
Thursday, May 7, 1 p.m.

Geared to students in grades 6-12 and their families, this educational program studies the history of baseball uniforms and how uniform changes often reflect key events in American history during the 20th and 21st centuries. Students will learn about the early use of wool uniforms, the addition of a “Health” patch during World War II, the influence of color television on the appearance of uniforms and the adoption of polyester as the fabric of choice over wool and flannel.

Virtual Voices of the Game: Janet Marie Smith
Friday, May 8, 1 p.m.

Join us for a conversation with Los Angeles Dodgers' Senior Vice President of Planning and Development Janet Marie Smith. A pioneering ballpark designer who is highlighted in the Museum’s Diamond Dreams exhibit, Smith will discuss her career and take questions via the chat option of the program.

Register to participate in these free virtual programs by visiting the Museum’s Events webpage.

These events are a part of the Museum’s regular virtual programming series, and past programs can be found at the Hall of Fame’s YouTube Channel.

Connect with the Museum through all the Hall of Fame’s online offerings via Safe at Home, which features educational and cultural resources that include:

- The Museum’s Digital Collection, which features historic photographs, scouting reports, audio oral histories and artifact images from the Museum’s vast collection
- Free downloadable educational curriculum which cover 15 different topics ranging from mathematics to character development and are tailored to three different school levels from elementary to high school
- Transcription opportunities for fans as part of our ongoing digitization of our Correspondence Collection
- Historic and current videos at the Hall of Fame’s YouTube Channel, featuring Hall of Famer biographies, in-depth interviews and highlights of past Hall of Fame Weekends
- Online exhibits that provide a virtual tour of the Museum, as well as through Google Arts & Culture

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