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History Quest at Dallas Heritage Village Visit with soldiers and learn how different games combined to help create baseball!


Come to Dallas Heritage Village and help us search for the beginnings of baseball as we go into the soldiers’ camps during the Civil War. Meet soldiers with British roots or family ties to the American Indians; all with one thing in common, they love to play ball! Learn how different games brought to the battlefield blended together to help create America’s favorite past time: Baseball.

Learn about the history of baseball cards and bubble gum, of course! In 1952 the first cards had team logos and player autographs on the fronts and bios and stats on the backs. All the kids wanted the wax packs containing six cards and a slab of bubblegum for a nickel!

It’s all about the hat! The baseball cap was and still is one of the easiest ways to identify a team. Often the logo, mascot, or team's initial was placed on the cap along with the official team colors. Design your own team logo and cap style that represents you.

Who’s got the ball? Do you prefer a "live," "medium" or "dead" ball? Have you ever been "soaked?" Check out the latest ball fashion known as "lemon peel" and "rose petal." What would you do if you could not buy your sporting equipment at a store? You make it yourself, of course! Stop by the farmstead and see how balls of that time were made and sewn together.

Learn about the Peaches, Belles, Chicks and Daisies.  From 1943 to 1954, “America’s pastime” was a game played in skirts! How about a little friendly competition boys and girls? Boys and girls can take a swing and steal a base or two!

These are some of the things you can discover at Dallas Heritage Village's History Quest event "Let's Play Ball" on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., (activities from 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and Civil War Battle re-enactment at 2 p.m.), 1515 S. Harwood Street. 

Boy and Girl Scouts may receive a scout day patch which may be preordered for $3. Discount tickets ($5 each) available online through Nov. 6.  Gate: $10/adult, $6/child and $8/senior, 65+.

 “This is the first year we’ve done a combined Boy and Girl Scout day, and we have lots of fun activities planned,” added Prycer.  “Join us on Nov. 7 and learn the history of America’s favorite pastime!”  Visit

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