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posted: 4/4/2014 10:49 AM

Historical society seeks baseball memorabilia for new exhibit

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  • Aurora Town Club baseball team in the early 1870s.

    Aurora Town Club baseball team in the early 1870s.
    Courtesy of Aurora Historical Society

Submitted by Aurora Historical Society

Baseball and softball memorabilia are being sought for a new exhibit at the Aurora Historical Society titled Play Ball, Aurora! which will open May 23.

It will trace the development of the two sports in Aurora from the Civil War period, when returning soldiers introduced the game, which they learned from their Eastern counterparts, to today.

Pictures, uniforms, gear, trophies, programs, videos and other artifacts of significance from either baseball or softball teams in Aurora are needed to round out the society's own collection. If possible, individuals willing to loan or donate memorabilia should provide preview photographs and descriptions of the items to the AHS prior to the deadline of April 18.

Such photos can be emailed to or mailed to AHS, P.O. Box 905, Aurora, IL 60507.

Preview photos can also be dropped off at the Museum Store, 20 E. Downer Place (Pierce Art and History Center), during regular hours from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday. Do not provide the actual materials, just photographs of them.

Alternatively, items may be described by leaving a message at (630) 906-0650. The historical society will contact potential donors about pieces that seem the most suitable.

Play Ball, Aurora! will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 23, at the Aurora Historical Society. Exhibit hours will be noon to 4 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, through Sept. 13. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.