Free Pistol, Pop, Peanut and Pedro: The Negro League Experience Event on August 11 + August Afternoons at Virginia Historical Society

This is a can’t-miss event for baseball fans: From 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, August 11, 2012, head to the Virginia Historical Society for a free Pistol, Pop, Peanut and Pedro: The Negro League Experience event. Of the close to 3,000 men—and three women—who played baseball for a Negro League team, fewer than 175 are still alive, and you’ll have a chance to meet four of these living legends: “Pistol” Mason, Joe “Pop” Durham, Mamie “Peanut” Johnson-Goodman, and Pedro Sierra.

During the event, the players will participate in a Q&A session about their Negro League ball-playing days and Civil Rights struggles in the 1950s and 1960s, and they’ll stick around after to sign autographs & take pictures with visitors. Plus, two Richmond Flying Squirrels baseball players will participate in the event.

And a reminder: During August 2012, the Virginia Historical Society is offering free August Afternoons events. From 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. daily, you can stop by the Marcus and Carole M. Weinstein Education Classroom to participate in educator-led programs, craft activities, and group readings of historically-themed books. And you’ll get free museum admission, too, while you’re there.

We went to the Virginia Historical Society’s free Family Day last month, and not only did my girls have fun making paper dolls & shopping the used book sale, but the exhibitions were really interesting. I highly recommend spending time checking out The Story of Virginia, which covers 16,000 years of history. The exhibition features numerous artifacts, including a streetcar, Pocahontas’ button, decorative arts (which remind me of my grandmother’s house), a slavery-era whipping post, & weaving equipment, to name a few.

The Virginia Historical Society is located at 428 North Boulevard, Richmond. 804-358-4901

–Jennifer Maciejewski