The Friends of Vintage Base Ball promotes living history by bringing the 19th century to life through base ball events that use the rules, equipment, costumes and culture of the 1860s1880s. We provide cultural enrichment and education programs and activities to youth and adults that emphasize honor, team play, respectful conduct and community pride. Our goal is to exemplify to youth and adults alike the values that are lacking in modern-day athletic programs, and encourage a sense of belonging regardless of race, gender, religious conviction or physical ability.
Our organization was formed in the late summer of 2008 to create a permanent field for the demonstration of 19th century base ball games in a culturally-rich yet economically-depressed area of Hartford that is currently a National Historic Landmark.
Partnering with the Coalition to Strengthen the Sheldon/Charter Oak Neighborhood (CSS/CON) and the City of Hartford, the weekly living history events in Coltsville provided by the Friends of Vintage Base Ball has helped to revitalize the neighborhood, inform visitors on the history and legacy of Sam and Elizabeth Colt, educate visitors on the history of our national pastime and attrack visitors to Hartford for our free, family-friendly events.
We have also worked to help promote Coltsville in the effort towards National Historic Park status.
In addition to weekly living history events at Colt Meadows during the playing season, we offer lectures, demonstrations and workshops for youth and senior groups, museums, historical societies, corporations and others year-round. These programs are designed to provide history in a fun as well as educational manner; develop team-building skills; and/or for pure entertainment.
Should you care to have two teams play an exhibition game at your event, we will work with you on scheduling.
If you would like to learn more about these services, please contact us.
Gary "Pops" O'Maxfield is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research and a base ball historian. Listed in the Connecticut Civil War Commisision Speakers Bureau database, he is available for history presentations and speaking engagements.
|Karen O'Maxfield, President
||Gary Goldberg-O'Maxfield, Commissioner
|Patricia Williams, Vice President
||Roger Ratzenberger, Secretary
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