Education/Programs

Educate. Enlighten. Inspire.

The NLBM is a valuable resource that educates the public about a forgotten chapter of American history. In addition, the NLBM’s impact can be felt in its efforts to promote tolerance and the importance of diversity and inclusion. The NLBM is fully committed to developing innovative and thought-provoking activities that appeal to the broadest of audiences.

TEACHER’S GUIDE TO THE NLBM

In partnership with Kansas State University and the Lee’s Summit School district, the NLBM developed a comprehensive guide to touring the museum for teachers. It has been well received and used by many educators in the Kansas City area.

The guide provides a complete overview of the entire field trip experience for teachers to relay to their students. Everything is covered, from the bus ride to the museum, tours of the 18th & Vine district and all the exhibits inside. The guide also provides valuable research information to supplement lesson plans.

The museum will attempt to place the guide in the hands of more educators by aggressively reaching out to teachers and administrators to visit the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. To obtain a guide, please contact the NLBM.

READING AROUND THE BASES

The unique literacy program was developed by the NLBM in partnership with the United States Department of Education in 1999 and brings an ethnic diverse group of area students, K-5, into the cultural confines of the NLBM where they are read to adults representing various professions.

The program is held several times during the school year on the museum’s Field of Legends. Local and national celebrities, business professionals and other influential adults are recruited to read from select children’s books that focus on Negro Leagues baseball history or other cultural themed titles.  Guest readers and educators also engage the students into discussions about the book. Participating students receive free admission to the NLBM and a complimentary copy of the featured book.

PROJECT RETRACE

The groundbreaking student art/history program uses art as a tool to inspire students to learn and understand Negro Leagues history and its profound impact on America society. The program is geared toward middle and high school students.

Project reTrace reveals the dynamics of Negro Leagues history to ethnically diverse student groups through partnerships with professional artists and local school districts.  Participating students gain access and knowledge of the story of Negro Leagues baseball through free tours of the NLBM, books and classroom discussions.  They are then challenged to express their understanding of Negro Leagues history through creative expression (painting, drawing, illustration, coloring and writing). 

DRIVEN TO SUCCEED

In 2004, the NLBM launched a creative writing program called “Driven to Succeed.” The program is being used to present the powerful story of the Negro Leagues to underserved students by providing access to the NLBM as a primary resource while encouraging creative written interpretation of their learning experience.

KNOW THE SCORE

In 2019, the NLBM will teach kids the age-old tradition of baseball scorekeeping in a pilot program called, “Know the Score.” The program will be free for students and will use the Field of Legends to teach Negro League history while being introduced to art of scorekeeping.

SPORTS CAREER & LEADERSHIP SYMPOSIUM

Established in 2007, the annual program includes a sports career fair for urban high school student/athletes (grades 9-12) who are introduced to careers in sports beyond the playing field. The daylong event culminates with a public presentation by a nationally known sports-related professional.

PROGRAMS FOR ADULT LEARNERS

BLACK WOMEN IN SPORTS

The NLBM strives to invite notable figures in sport during Women’s History Month in March. Guests offer great insight into how sport has changed their lives and what lessons can be learned from participation.

SENIOR CLASS

The NLBM developed Senior Class in 2016 to address the lack of quality programs for senior citizens (55 & older). The program includes a series of free “lunch and learn” programs that feature various guest speakers on an array of topics to promote lifelong learning.

JACKIE ROBINSON MEMORIAL LECTURE

In recognition of Jackie Robinson’s historic breaking of baseball’s “color barrier,” the NLBM seeks to invite noted scholars each April to discuss issues involving history, race, sports and its impact on American society.

FOSTERED SPIRITS: THE ANDREW “RUBE” FOSTER LECTURE

Each September, the NLBM invites a noted public figure with connection to sports to impart wisdom about leadership, public service and entrepreneurship. The annual lecture honors Andrew Foster, the “Father of Black Baseball.”

BASEBALL BOOKNOTES

The NLBM will periodically invite authors of non-fiction and fiction baseball books to discuss their work with our patrons.

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