Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Cecil’s Field of Dreams Coming April 30th

Cecil County has a long and rich love affair with baseball going back more than a century, with its share of “local boys” making good in the Big Leagues. On Friday, April 30, from 5 to 8 p.m., sports fans of all ages are invited to experience the best years of county baseball all over again as part of “Cecil’s Field of Dreams,” a new exhibit at the Historical Society of Cecil County that celebrates our baseball heritage.
For the exhibit opening, members of the Elkton Eclipse Vintage Base Ball Club will be on hand in their late 1800s-era uniforms to portray players from the sport’s earliest days. The Historical Society will be exhibiting some interesting sports-related items from its extensive collection, featuring team photographs and memorabilia that includes vintage uniforms, autographed items and more.

All county baseball players past and present are invited to come out and reunite and reconnect with former teammates.

“What a great way to relive your baseball glory days with friends and family,” said Paula Newton, president of the Historical Society of Cecil County. “Sports is sometimes overlooked as an important part of our local heritage, which is why we want to make this exhibit a fun learning experience for the whole family.”

County resident James Crothers will be discussing his new book “History of the Rising Sun Little League” and signing copies. (This book was excerpted recently in the Historical Society’s publication, The Inkwell.)

Drawings will be held for Blue Rocks tickets and baseball cards, and there will be free Cracker Jacks, hot dogs and peanuts for hungry baseball fans.

This event is free and open to the public. The Historical Society of Cecil County is located at 135 E. Main Street, Elkton, Md. For more information, please call the Historical Society at 410-398-1790 or email info@cchistory.org. Visit the Historical Society online at http://www.cchistory.org/

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Kermit Deboard Scholarship Fund

The Society will be awarding the Kermit DeBoard Scholarship Award, a $500 grant to a high school senior showing outstanding archivement in history who plans to pursue a degree in American history or a related field of study.  Kermit DeBoard, a local history enthusiast, was a founding member of a group called the Round Table -- a group interested in learning about and promoting local history in Cecil county.  When Mr. DeBoard recently died the Round Table was disbanded and donated their remaining funds to other local history organizations.  The Society was asked to be the steward and create and administer a scholarship fund in Kermit Deboard's memory.  High School students in Cecil County public schools interested in applying should see their guidance counselors.

Click here to obtain more information, including the application form