October 7 - Mythbusting Lawn Jockeys: Untangling History from Lore

Lawn jockeys and hitching posts, depending on the viewer, are a symbol of varied and, sometimes, contradictory meanings. The National Sporting Library & Museum will navigate through the muddied waters of history to explore long-held beliefs and uncover these objects' true story. A panel of specialists will discuss how, when, and in what context they were made. Join us at the Library for an evening of mythbusting with Carol Grissom, Senior Objects Conservator at the Smithsonian Institution and author of Zinc Sculpture in America: 1850 to 1950; Professor Kenneth Goings, Professor Emeritus in the Department of African American and African Studies at The Ohio State University and author of Mammy and Uncle Moses: Black Collectibles and American Stereotyping; Mary Thompson, Research Historian at George Washington’s Mt. Vernon and author of  “The Only Unavoidable Subject of Regret”: George Washington, slavery, and the Enslaved Community at Mount Vernon; and moderator Claudia Pfeiffer, the Deputy Director & George L. Orhstrom Jr., Curator at the NSLM.

The panelists' discussion will be followed by a Q&A.


Please note: this event will now be held exclusively virtually!


Virtual space is limited, so save your spot for this program at https://bit.ly/3yp3bGD

This program is held live on Zoom.

Free for NSLM Members and $10 for non-members


Email info@nationalsporting.org for questions 

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  • 10:00am - 5:00pm

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