The Smithsonian & the Pfau Library Team Up Again 10-27-18: Latinas on the Diamond

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History bookends “Latinos and Baseball” initiative with “Latinas on the Diamond” collecting event at CSUSB

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Capping its successful multi-year collecting initiative, “Latinos and Baseball: In the Barrios and the Big Leagues,” the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in partnership with the Smithsonian Latino Center and SITES, the Smithsonian’s traveling exhibition service, will hold a special community collecting event at Cal State San Bernardino, home of the Latino Baseball History Project, on Saturday, October 27, 2018.

This extraordinary event, themed “Latinas on the Diamond,” has two goals:  to record Latinx baseball and softball stories, as well as celebrate Latina players who, in the fight for gender equality, forged their own identities and support networks through the game.

The all-day program, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the university’s John M. Pfau Library, room PL-5005 (fifth floor).  For a complimentary parking permit, visit the main Information Center Kiosk located on University Parkway.

Memorabilia that enrich the narrative of Latinx baseball/softball history is welcomed.  The public is invited to bring vintage photographs, baseball/softball uniforms, gloves, bats, balls, baseball cards, programs, lineup cards, ticket stubs, autographs, newspaper stories, and more to this event for consideration by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History to add to the national collections and possible future exhibition on Latinos and baseball.

“We are delighted to once again partner with the Smithsonian Institution in a community collecting event at CSUSB, where the Latinos and Baseball initiative first launched in February 2016, in great part because the Smithsonian recognized the significance of our research-focused Latino Baseball History Project – the largest repository of Mexican American baseball and softball memorabilia in the country,” said Cesar Caballero, dean of the John M. Pfau Library.  “The remarkable artifacts and stories collected in collaboration with the Smithsonian have illuminated the rich landscape of Latinx baseball and softball history, helping to create a more inclusive chronicle of America’s favorite past time.”

A summary of the program follows:

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.                    Guest registration/continental breakfast

9:00 – 9:45 a.m.                  Opening remarks/overview of Smithsonian collaboration

10:00 -10:45 a.m.                Sandra Uribe: slide presentation and 15 minutes of Q & A

11:00 -12:00 p.m.                Panel:  Marge Villa, Ernestina “Ernie” Navarro, Ramona Arranda,

and Mel Salazaar.

12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m.         Luncheon and film by Jon Leonoundaki (“Shutout! The

Battle American Women Wage to Play Baseball”)

1:00 – 1:30 p.m.                  Salazar family uniform donation to Smithsonian

1:30 – 3:00 p.m.                  Dr. Jose Alamillo discusses Jessica Mendoza; Patti Encinas

Garcia discusses Estella Elias Acosta; Angelina “Jelly” Felix; Gene T. Chavez

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.                    Photo collecting, scanning, and video event.  (Mariachis and

refreshments during this time.)

The Latino Baseball History Project Committee is composed of members from both the community and Cal State San Bernardino’s John M. Pfau Library.  Members include:

Cesar Caballero, Dean, Pfau Library, California State University, San Bernardino; Terry Cannon, Executive Director, The Baseball Reliquary Inc.; Dr. Richard Santillan, Professor Emeritus, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; Tomas Benitez, Artist, Art Consultant, and Grant Writer; Jill Vassilakos-Long, Curator, Pfau Library; Dr. Cherstin Lyon, History Professor, CSUSB; Dr. Mark Ocegueda, Assistant Professor, Sacramento State University; Robie Madrigal, Communications and Outreach, Pfau Library; Manny Veron, Special Collections Assistant, Pfau Library; Rebecca Beltran, Assistant to the Dean, Pfau Library; and Carolina Sue Caballero, Pfau Library Retiree.

To register, visit or contact Rebecca Beltran at (909) 537-3108 or

For questions or additional information, contact Robie Madrigal at (909) 537-5104 or


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