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Discover Louisville's Sandlot Scene Through the Lens of Black Sport in Pittsburgh

     The Portland Museum, along with the University of Louisville’s Saturday Academy, a signature partnership with Park DuValle Education Center, will present a lecture series entitled The Meaning of Sport in Community: Discovering Louisville’s Sandlot Scene Through the Lens of Black Sport in Pittsburgh.  The first lecture will be held at 7 p.m., Friday, January 21, 2011 at the Portland Museum.  The second lecture will follow on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 11 a.m. at the Park DuValle Education Center Cafeteria.
     The two informal lectures and discussions about sport and community in Louisville will be led by Dr. Rob Ruck, Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Pittsburgh.  Historian, author and sport scholar, Dr. Rob Ruck has conducted ground-breaking work on sport in black Pittsburgh.
     On January 21, Dr. Ruck will discuss the evolution of sport from sandlots to corporate money-ball through the life of Art Rooney, the patriarch of the Pittsburgh Steelers.  On January 22, Dr. Ruck will present Baseball as Raceball: Context, Culture and Communities – an exploration of why sport has meant so much to the African-American community, the role of Negro Leagues, and major league baseball’s integration.  
     The lecture series is free and open to the public (first come, first served due to limited seating).  The Portland Museum is located at 2308 Portland Avenue.  The Park DuValle Education Center Cafeteria is located at 3610 Bohne Ave.  Visitors should enter from the REAR parking area. For more information, go online to



This program is funded in part by the Kentucky Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, provides operating support to the Portland Museum with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.  The Portland Museum is an educational resource that exists to collect, preserve, exhibit, interpret and enhance the culture and heritage of Portland, a neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky.

Portland Museum and Park DuValle Education Center (cafeteria)
2308 Portland Ave. and 3610 Bohne Ave.
Louisville, Kentucky
Phone: (502) 776-7678

Price: Admission to the lecture series is FREE
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