Mesa Historical Museum reopening downtown with new Cactus League and Wallace and Ladmo exhibits
By: Kevin Christopher
09/5/13 2:40 PM
Sept. 5, 2013
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Contact: Kevin Christopher
Mesa, AZ – Two Arizona icons, the Cactus League and Wallace and Ladmo, are featured as the Mesa Historical Museum reopens with new exhibits Thursday, Sept. 12 at its downtown campus in a City of Mesa-owned building at 51 E. Main St. in front of the Mesa Arts Center.
Play Ball: The Cactus League Experience has memorabilia to tell the story of baseball in Arizona from its barnstorming days to the birth of the Cactus League in 1947. This one-of-a-kind collection covers the rise of the Cactus League to become an Arizona tradition and includes items from all 30 teams that have been part of it as well as a look at the stadiums, players and communities that made it a success. Play Ball includes rare memorabilia from past Cactus League teams such as the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, Houston Colt .45’s and the Seattle Pilots.
Thanks for Tuning In: The Wallace and Ladmo Show is a fascinating exhibit that explores the history and fun facts of a local television show that captivated three generations of Arizonans. The first of four installments in this series features a rare look at the elusive Ladmo Bag in all of its variations over time.
The downtown location has 3,500 square feet of space and will be a temporary home before a permanent Mesa Historical Museum is scheduled to open in the former federal building, 26 N. Macdonald, in the summer of 2015. The permanent facility, owned by the City since 2002, was made possible after Mesa voters approved a parks bond package in the Nov. 6, 2012 General Election.
The Mesa Historical Museum will be open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.mesamuseum.org
or call (480) 835-2286.
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