Nats320: "Switching gears a little bit. Obviously, you have to keep on display some permanent items that are drawing cards for the museum such as the Babe Ruth display. How then do you go about keeping things fresh to draw in fans for more?"
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"As we move things up, we move other things back down into storage. There is only a finite amount of space upstairs so anything that moves up, something has got to come down. And anything that comes down allows us to bring things up. It’s this large zero sum game--kind of like the number puzzle you sit around trying to make work. That’s how we do that. It’s a combination of temporary exhibits, constantly refreshing our permanent exhibits and creating new permanent exhibits like Viva Baseball, like the upcoming Records Room. A good example of a temporary exhibit will be the Cricket & Baseball show beginning on April 9th, 2011 in the Education Gallery."
"The same thing is true for latin baseball. But one of the things that’s great is to walk through the floors as it starts to get a little more crowded and you will hear people walking and talking to one another and there is a whole lot of great interaction. And all of a sudden you go into Viva Baseball and everybody is talking spanish. We had no idea this was going to happen. We didn’t put out a questionaire asking what language would you prefer to speak? When we do demographic stuff we ask where you are coming from? What is your Zip Code? How did you hear about the Hall Of Fame? What are you financial demographics? But you don’t ask what language do you prefer to speak?"
"That’s one of the crazy things about this game. You never know but you are always, every year and every day, thinking what history is taking place today in baseball and do we want to collect an item from it? We do have some routines down. Somebody throws a no-hitter, we contact them about getting a cap, maybe some spikes, and a baseball from the game. It doesn’t have to be the last out, but a baseball that he threw in the game. If somebody hits four home runs in a game in one day, we try to get the bat from him. When Shawn Green accomplished the feat, he said: ‘No, I got more hits left in it.’ He hit three more home runs with it then broke the bat. And then he gave it to us. Perfect!! That’s great. He said his bat died a hero. That adds more to the story."
"For milestones and things that are unique--we have to sit back and think. The best way to do it is to think back to if the feat happened 10 to 15 years ago. What would we have wanted from the game then? Or project us into the year 2030--what would we want from that? It’s not easy, but we have to think ahead.'