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Off Base: The Great Peterboro Baseball Story
September 9, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm| Free
Oneida Public Library Players will perform a readers theater production of “Off Base: The Great Peterboro Baseball Story,” a play originally written by Tom Murray for a Madison County Bicentennial performance by the OPL Summer Drama Camp for children in 2006. Revised and expanded for an adult audience, the play takes place in Peterboro on the afternoon of August 15, 1868, on which the first recorded baseball game played by girls took place. Major characters are based on actual historical figures, such as Gerrit Smith and his wife Ann, their granddaughter Nannie Miller and Smith’s cousin Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Taking liberties with history, the play adds to the mix of suffragettes and abolitionists some residents of Peterboro’s Home for Destitute Children, a charitable home founded by Gerrit Smith in 1871. The Oneida Public Library’s centenary programming was funded in part by a Humanities New York Action Grant.