Baseball and Harness Racing Celebration in Goshen, NY

Goshen, NY – Project funding from the Southeastern New York Library Resource Council has been approved for the creation of a joint exhibit and public programming to be presented by the Goshen Public Library & Historical Society and the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame.

These two outstanding organizations jointly present “Base Ball at the Orange County Driving Park: Celebrating Baseball and Harness Racing in Goshen, NY.”

Starting in mid-May, the library and museum will each open an exhibit and host a series of family crafts, reading programs and adult lectures highlighting the intersection of baseball and racing history. in harness in Goshen. The celebration will culminate with a large community event on June 11 centered around a live vintage baseball game played at Goshen Historic Track. The day’s program will include harness racing activities, crafts and giveaways.

Edwin Dikeman

In 1863, Edwin Dikeman, a village druggist who once worked as a harness maker and for whom the Dikeman Fire Company is named, helped start the Monitor Base Ball Club. “The beautiful place chosen as the playground,” noted a Goshen Democrat correspondent, was the Driving Park. The infield diamond of the track was used in the 20th century and hosted teams from Orange County, New York and the Tri-State area.

Across the country, trotting tracks like the one in Goshen which was established in 1838, have become ubiquitous parts of local communities with 870 active tracks being built by 1900. The open spaces provided by the infields of these riding parks were perfect for baseball. which gained popularity after the Civil War. This is how these two American-born sports literally shared common ground.

“Base Ball at the Orange County Driving Park: Celebrating Baseball and Harness Racing in Goshen, NY,” is supported in part by American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds allocated to the New York State Library by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and provided by a competitive subgrant from the Southeast New York Library Resource Council.

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Further announcements of project activities will follow. The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame located at 240 Main Street, Goshen, NY is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to visit www.harnessmuseum.

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