Project Description

Marjorie enjoyed sports growing up, and loved watching her children play. When we asked her what sports she played, she told us volleyball and fencing, then jokingly lamented that “pick-up games of fencing just don’t happen for some reason.” To fulfill this active resident’s dream, we teamed up with the Smithsonian Museum and Mount Vernon Tourism. Mount Vernon was hosting a special exhibit from the Smithsonian titled “Hometown Teams.” Joe from Mount Vernon Tourism met us to open the museum on a day it was closed for private tour. Marjorie was particularly interested in the pieces from Dan Gable’s personal collection, and how women’s sports have changed. We also learned the history of how Jack Trice Stadium got its name, and learned about athletes today. Finally, Marjorie took photos in their giant photo booth to become her own baseball card. Since it was a beautiful day, we ended the trip with a stop to get ice-cream and talk about all the wonderful treasures we saw.