Historic Deerfield, in Deerfield, Massachusetts, will host the 39th annualDublin Seminar for New England Folklifethe weekend of June 20 to June 22, 2014. The three-day conference, titled"Let the Games Begin: Sports and Recreation in New England,"features 18 lectures and demonstrations on the subject of the region's recreational and sports history from 1620 to 1930.
The program begins with lectures on the origin and political role of American football, on the invention of basketball, on the beginnings of baseball and its audiences, and on the story of college athletics and of Fenway Park. Other sessions address competitive and calling dances, toys and board games, and sports uniforms. The conference concludes on Sunday with sessions on snowshoe clubs, canoe-making, recreational fishing, boxing, and bicycling.
The Seminar is designed for sports fans, educators, historians, collectors, authors, librarians, and museum curators; students and the general public are cordially invited to attend.
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