I will be giving a presentation on the history of 19th century St. Louis baseball on August 20th as part of a fundraiser for the Missouri Civil War Museum.
As the flyer for the event says, "Come support the MCWM and spend an enjoyable dinner and evening with baseball historian Jeff Kittel as he takes us back to the origins of baseball in St. Louis. Learn how the game first arrived in the Gateway City, the effects of the Civil War on the game, its involvement in Jefferson Barracks, and its ultimate survival and prosperity in becoming our nation's favorite pastime. If you love baseball, the Civil War, and/or Jefferson Barracks, you must attend this event! Tickets are only $15 per person. All proceeds benefit the Missouri Civil War Museum's building campaign. Reservations are required by August 15, 2009."
How can you pass up an evening listening to me prattle on about baseball? And it's for a good cause. In all honesty, I'm really excited about this and looking forward to it. It should be a great deal of fun. If you enjoy the blog, you'll certainly enjoy a more organized presentation of the material and I'm certain that I'll throw in some of the super secret stuff that I've been keeping to myself. Plus, I believe that the museum is going to be a great addition to the community and to the study of 19th century St. Louis history. They need our support.
For more information or to get your tickets, call the MCWM at 314-845-0541 or visit the museum's website. Or you can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you there.
Also of interest: I just got back from a day of going through the microfilm at the St. Louis Public Library and have found some rather interesting things. The information should find its way up on the blog starting Saturday, August 1st, and run through the next twelve days or so. I think the information I found should reshape the way we look at the game in St. Louis during Civil War era. Not that I'm building this up or anything.