The Elmhurst Historical Museum, founded in 1957, is hosting the Chicago area premier of the Smithsonian-produced exhibit, Beyond Baseball: The Life of Roberto Clemente. This exhibit not only chronicles the athletic accomplishments of one of baseball’s most pioneering and prolific talents, but also highlights Clemente’s profound humanitarianism. The exhibit is presented in both English and Spanish languages. The Museum plans to supplement this exhibit with Clemente artifacts, memorabilia, and also highlights of his local humanitarian efforts. The exhibit runs February 2 through April 11, 2010 which allows them to tie into both spring training and the regular baseball season.
Since the traveling exhibit is primarily a panel experience, the Museum is hoping to include as much dimensional elements to amplify the personal connection with its patrons. They are hoping to borrow Clemente materials such as uniforms, gloves, bats, balls and printed memorabilia to showcase. The Elmhurst Historical Museum would provide a certificate of insurance, pay for the shipping and ensure the security of all items. They will also abide by all loan riders and include credit lines on labels for loaned artifacts and objects on exhibit.
If you’ve got a significant Clemente item you might consider loaning, contact the Curator of Exhibits at the Museum, Lance Tawzer ([email protected]).