Public Programs: America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants

Period of Performance

9/1/2013 - 10/31/2014

Funding Totals

$300,000.00 (approved)
$300,000.00 (awarded)

Chasing Dreams

FAIN: GI-50613-13

National Museum of American Jewish History (Philadelphia, PA 19106-2197)
Josh Perelman (Project Director: January 2013 to February 2015)

Implementation of an artifact-based traveling exhibition, a smaller panel version to be displayed in baseball parks, a catalogue, a website, and related public programs.

"Chasing Dreams" will evoke 175 years of opening days as it offers a unique vantage on sport, identity, and American culture. It will be NMAJH’s first original, large-scale exhibition created for the new, landmark building the Museum opened in 2010. The 2000-square-foot exhibit will run at NMAJH from March 21 - October 26, 2014 (baseball season) and subsequently travel with artifacts to peer institutions in Cleveland, Detroit, Baltimore, and possibly Los Angeles, Florida and Louisville. The exhibition will include approximately 150 historic artifacts, images, films, interactive media, and opportunities for visitor participation. It will be supplemented by a scholarly catalogue and a robust microsite featuring exhibition content and educational resources, public programming, and curricula. A scaled down, weather-resistant panel version of the exhibition will be created for travel to smaller venues such as ballparks, local historical societies, libraries, and Jewish Community Centers.

Associated Products

Chasing Dreams (Catalog)
Title: Chasing Dreams
Author: Josh Perelman
Abstract: Nothing matches the energy of Opening Day: a celebration of spring time, renewed dreams, and of national heroes past, present, and future. From the game’s earliest days in the nineteenth century through today, baseball has served as a pathway for minority groups to learn and understand American values. As a complement to the groundbreaking exhibition Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American, the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) has published a 256-page hardbound volume of the same name featuring over 40 evocative, compelling, and touching essays by a notable array of authors, sportswriters, former players, and commentators, as well as 143 stunning photographs chronicling the history of the game.
Year: 2014
Primary URL:
Catalog Type: Exhibition Catalog
Publisher: National Museum of American Jewish History