The Historical Society of Palm Beach County announced the opening of a new special exhibit opening Monday, December 14, 2015, at the Richard and Pat Johnson Palm Beach County History Museum in the restored 1916 Court House in downtown West Palm Beach. Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American was organized by the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia and is open free to the public.
Visitors to the third-floor exhibit will learn how organized baseball played a significant role in the lives of immigrant and minority communities— Jews, Italians, Asians, Latinos, African Americans, and others—as they sought to understand, experience, and often challenge American culture and ideals. Museum visitors are invited to view images exploring baseball’s legends and myths, its heroes and flops, its struggles and triumphs. The exhibit celebrates those who became role models and “game changers”— well-known Jewish heroes such as Hank Greenberg and Sandy Koufax, and iconic pioneers like Jackie Robinson, Joe DiMaggio, and Roberto Clemente. Original films feature interviews with Major League Baseball team owners and executives and everyday fans. An interactive, touchscreen database will provide an encyclopedic exploration of about 200 Jews in the major leagues, including historic baseball cards. The exhibition is underwritten in part by the Lorraine and Jack N. Friedman Commission for Jewish Education of the Palm Beaches.
In addition to this temporary exhibition located in the historic third-floor courtroom gallery, runs through March. The Museum’s permanent galleries are open to the public at no cost: Monday, 10 am to 2 pm; Tuesday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm; and Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm. For information regarding memberships, the upcoming lectures, and special events, visit www.hspbc.org.
For more information about the exhibition, please visit www.historicalsocietypbc.org or call 561-832-4164.