Summer School

By Julie Wilson

Throughout the school year, the Baseball Hall of Fame’s distance learning program allows students around the country to experience the Museum without ever leaving their classroom.

Even with school out for the summer, the Hall of Fame’s education team is still hard at work bringing baseball history to the locations throughout the United States. This summer, Hall of Fame educators have traveled virtually to locations in Texas, Ohio, Kentucky, Missouri and California, to discuss a variety of baseball related topics.

The next best thing to visiting the Baseball Hall of Fame is participating in a video-conference. Baseball is used as the backdrop to help student discover objectives in diverse topics. (Milo Stewart, Jr./NBHOF Library)

Popular summer venues for distance learning programs include libraries, community and senior centers, and schools hosting professional development seminars for educators. This past week, children participating in a summer camp program at the Dallas Children’s Library were treated to a virtual tour of the Baseball Hall of Fame and a lesson on preserving and caring for their own collectibles and treasures. A day later a group of seniors in Beachwood, Ohio, had the opportunity to examine a collection of documents from the Museum’s library, while sharing their memories of baseball in the 1930s and beyond.

Visitors to Cooperstown can also share in the distance learning experience by connecting to some exciting baseball destinations. Weekly programs take Museum visitors to such places as the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, and AT&T Park in San Francisco.

“With these programs, our visitors have the unique opportunity to not only experience the National Baseball Hall of Fame, but visit places that are thousands of miles away,” said Steve Light, the Museum’s manager of museum programs. “It allows them to tour that ballpark they never made it to, or get the inside scoop on the process of manufacturing bats. This is our third year offering distance learning programs for public audiences and they have been a huge hit.”

To schedule a distance learning program with the Baseball Hall of Fame for your school, library or community center, please contact the Education department at 607-547-0347 or email

Julie Wilson is the manager of school programming at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

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