Springfield Museum to Open Eugene Emeralds Exhibit
Nate Gartrell, EDN
The Springfield Museum will host an August exhibit dedicated to Eugene’s primary baseball team since 1955, the Eugene Emeralds.
The exhibit will feature objects and photographs from throughout the Emeralds’ tenure in Eugene, according to a press release sent out by the museum. There will also be Ems uniforms available for kids to try on.
“Some of the things will be from the museum’s archives,” said Peggy Smith, Executive Administration Assistant at the Springfield Museum. “And some will be things we’ve gathered from the Emeralds organization.”
The exhibit is set to open Aug. 1, and will close Aug. 27. The Aug. 1 opening, which is free and open to the public, will feature all members of the current Emeralds team, as well as Sluggo, the Ems mascot.
“We’re really honored to be part of it,” said Emeralds General Manager Allan Benavides. “It’s gonna be really fun for the fans to learn about the stages of Emeralds history.”
Smith said the oldest item to be featured at the exhibit is a scorecard from a 1906 game played between Eugene and Springfield teams. Other artifacts date as far back as the Emeralds days at Bethel Park, when they were the Eugene Larks, before they moved to Civic Stadium and their present location, PK Park.
The Springfield Museum is located at 590 Main St., in Springfield. After the Aug. 1, admission will cost $2 for adults, and children get in free.