Exhibit “Pride and Passion” in your library

Contact: Angela Thullen

Program Officer, Communications

(312) 280-5286


For Immediate Release,

February 5, 2008

Exhibit “Pride and Passion” in your library

Apply by April 4 to host traveling exhibit from National Baseball Hall of Fame

CHICAGO - The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office are now accepting applications for “Pride and Passion: The African American Baseball Experience,” a traveling exhibition telling the story of black baseball players in the U.S. over the past century and a half.

“Pride and Passion” is based upon a permanent exhibition of the same name on display at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown, N.Y. The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) provided major funding to the ALA Public Programs Office for the traveling exhibition.

Librarians applying to host “Pride and Passion” in their public, academic or special library must register their institution at Grants.gov . Prospective applicants are advised to register with Grants.gov as soon as possible, as the process can take up to two weeks to complete. The application and guidelines for “Pride and Passion” and complete instructions for registering and applying through Grants.gov may be found at http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/SGL_PrideAndPassion.html. Online applications must be completed by April 4. Applications may not be submitted through ALA.

Successful applicants will host the 1,000-square-foot exhibit for six weeks and receive a $2,500 grant from NEH for attendance at an exhibit planning workshop and other exhibit-related expenses. Participating libraries are expected to present at least two free public programs featuring a lecture or discussion by a qualified scholar on exhibition themes. All showings of the exhibition must be free and open to the public.

Baseball is one of America's central institutions, and it has long reflected the complicated and painful history of race in the United States. The story of African Americans in baseball is a remarkable and fascinating slice of American history, displaying the failures of the greater American society in solving the racial problems resulting from slavery, the Civil War and the confusion of Reconstruction. Through a cultural timeline of American history that will be part of the “Pride and Passion” exhibit, visitors will be able to place the African American baseball story into the larger context of American history.

Established in 1992, the ALA Public Programs Office has a strong track record of developing library programming initiatives, including the acclaimed reading and discussion series "Let's Talk About It!," film discussion programs on humanities themes, traveling exhibitions, LIVE! @ your library® and other programs. Recently, it has established the Cultural Communities Fund, an endowment fund created to help all types of libraries across the country bring communities together through cultural programming (www.ala.org/ccf). More than 10,000 libraries and at least 10 million individuals have participated in library programming initiatives supported by the Public Programs Office.

For more information about “Pride and Passion: The African American Baseball Experience,” visit www.ala.org/publicprograms.