The Newton Public Library has received funding from Humanities Iowa, a private, non‐profit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, to host a presentation called, How Iowa Met Baseball: the Myths, the History, the Players by John Liepa at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 16 in the Newton Public Library meeting room. A cultural resource for Iowans since 1971, Humanities Iowa offers many cultural and historical programs and grants to Iowa’s communities.
Over the past century the setting for the spring passion of many Iowans has been the ballpark. This presentation explores the myths of baseball’s origins, the early history and evolution of the game, baseball’s journey to Iowa and the role of the Civil War in spreading its popularity. Audiences will learn about some of Iowa’s baseball pioneers and view an extensive collection of baseball memorabilia featuring Iowa players.
The program is free to attend and open to all ages. If you have questions, contact public services librarian Becca Klein at 641-792-4108.