The Ripken Museum

Behind the Scenes

September 13, 1998|By Karin Remesch

Mission: To commemorate the impact two generations of the Ripken family have had on baseball and millions of Americans, including the people of Aberdeen, the family's hometown; and to preserve and protect the artifacts from one of baseball's most famous families and the traditionalist values they stand for. Exhibits include the "tools of the trade," ranging from baseball's early days of no batting helmets to World Series memorabilia from Cal Jr. and Bill, as well as personal items from Cal Jr.'s 2,130 and 2,131 consecutive games.

Latest accomplishment: Completion of Phase One of the museum's development 19 months ago with the opening of a 1,500-square-foot display area in Aberdeen's City Hall. Earlier this year, the City Hall building and land were purchased to allow for museum expansion.

On the horizon: A $2.5 million capital development program for museum expansion when the city vacates the remaining 3,500-square-foot space of the City Hall building in 2000; creation of an initial $1 million endowment to ensure a source of capital for the operation of the museum in years to come and to finance acquisition of pertinent artifacts; and Nov. 7, in cooperation with the city of Havre de Grace, opening of an exhibit on Ernest Burk, a Negro League star pitcher and native of Havre de Grace.

About the museum: Charter membership, 873 (a combination of jersey numbers worn by Cal Sr., Cal Jr. and Bill Ripken). Attendance: 20,000 since the museum opened 19 months ago. Operating budget: $175,000.

Where and when: 3 W. Bel Air Ave., Aberdeen. Hours: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Monday, noon to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Call 410-273-2525.

James V. McMahan Jr., president of the board of directors: "In addition to having an exhibition about the Ripken family, the impact of having the museum in downtown Aberdeen has led to other businesses being revitalized and a spurt in economic development for the city ... a shot in the arm to Aberdeen's economic area."

Members of the board

Charles R. Boutin

John S. Karas

Ronald Kupferman

Joan Lozinak

James V. McMahan III

Violet Ripken

Christina Royster

Macon Tucker Jr.

W. Robert Wallis

Pub Date: 9/13/98

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