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IMPORTANT NOTE: The current roster of traveling exhibitions are designed for museums, galleries, and libraries, with controlled indoor environments and security, and for shows with extended exhibition dates. If you seek an exhibit or display for temporary showings at stadiums, trade shows, schools, or special events, please call the museum curator at (816) 221-1920.

Shades of Greatness is the first collaborative art exhibition inspired by the history of Negro Leagues Baseball. The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) developed this exhibition to reveal a new understanding of this fascinating subject.

Many historians and baseball fans have come to understand the importance of the Negro Leagues to American history. Many artists, too, have been inspired by this history and have chosen the subject as a muse. However, the museum has had limited space and resources to help foster the growing interest of artist through exhibitions or other means. Shades of Greatness was created to help meet this need and bolster a more creative understanding of this history both “on and off the playing field.

The NLBM drafted a select group of local and national artists and gave them a detailed orientation to Negro Leagues history. Shades of Greatness is the final result of their research and creativity. Close to 35 pieces of original art is now part of the museum collection.

None of the artwork will be sold from this exhibition. The NLBM has crafted a traveling exhibition of these works beginning in 2004. However, prints of selected works will be made available in the Extra Inning Museum Store at the NLBM. Proceeds from the sale of prints and from the traveling exhibit will benefit Project reTrace youth art initiatives. For more information on the prints or tour scheduling for Shades of Greatness, contact the museum at (816) 221-1920.

Since 1993, this exhibit has traveled nationally to help bring the rich history of black baseball to hundreds of people outside of Kansas City. Discover Greatness features close to 90 framed photographs showcasing the history of African-American Baseball from the late 1800s-1960s. The exhibit is divided into 6 sections:

• Pre-1900: The Beginnings of Black Baseball
• 1901-1919: The Great Independents
• 1920-1931: A League of Their Own
• 1932-1946: Heyday
• 1947: The Color Line Falls

Exhibit also includes tributes to National Baseball Hall of Fame inductees, video on the museum, pennants and posters. For schedule and booking information call (816) 221-1920.

BUCK: RIGHT ON TIME (presented by Missouri Lottery)
This exhibit was first presented on the occasion of Buck O’Neil’s 90th birthday (born John Jordan O’Neil, Jr., November 13, 1911 in Carabelle, FL). Exhibit text and research has been adapted primarily from his autobiography I Was Right on Time (with Steve Wulf and David Conrads, 1996, Simon and Schuster) along with photos from Mr. O’Neil’s personal collection. It is an optional multi-media feature, which includes DVD interviews of Mr. O'Neil.

The exhibit has these primary features.
1. Biographical Display Panels (Main exhibit section):
• 7 large integrated display panels feature over 100 photographs and papers from O’Neil’s scrapbooks.
• Panels cover his family history, his career in the baseball, and his chairmanship of the NLBM
• Notable photographs include “Satchel” Paige, Jesse Williams, Hal McRae, Lou Brock, Ernie Banks, David Letterman, Ken Burns, and Bill Clinton.

• video clips from The Late Show with David Letterman, various television appearances and commercials
• footage from special DVD Mr. Kansas City: the Life of Buck O’Neil, (2000)
For booking and schedule information, contact 816-221-1920