About this Site

Among the Negro League Baseball Museum's accomplishments has been a partnership forged with the College of Education at Kansas State University (KSU), which has focused on developing materials for teaching social studies. Since 1998, the NLBM-KSU partnership has produced a number of initiatives and products to assist students and teachers to better understand the social studies themes found in Negro Leagues history.

Through this collaboration, the museum has discovered that there is great interest among educators seeking resources to motivate students, through subjects like baseball, and enhance multicultural content for their classroom lessons.

Scholars at KSU subsequently helped develop curriculum materials and an eMuseum featuring Negro Leagues history as a platform for teaching American history. Secondary educators, with emphasis on the needs of high school teachers, were the target audience for lesson plans aligned with regional and national teaching standards as well as national technology standards. The materials were made accessible through Web-based technologies and included resources for diverse learners.

The NLB Scholars team extends special thanks to the following individuals for their support and guidance throughout the development of the eMuseum project:

Dr. Michael Holen
Dean, College of Education, Kansas State University

Dr. David Thompson
Chair, Educational Administration and Leadership,
College of Education

Don B. Motley
Executive Director, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

Team members who contributed to these materials and Website include the following:

Tara Baillargeon is a doctoral student in the Educational Leadership program at Kansas State University. She has a master's degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario and is currently the social sciences librarian at Hale Library. Tara is working with the Negro Leagues Baseball Scholars program to plan and develop the Negro Leagues Baseball eMuseum.

Cari Barragree is Associate Director of the Upward Bound Program at Kansas State University at Salina. As Curriculum Project Director of the NLBM-KSU partnership since May of 2005, her role in the partnerships has been the direction of the standards based lesson plans which utilize Negro Leagues history as a platform to teach U.S. History throughout the academic year. Cari received a B.A. in education from Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, Kansas and received a M.S. in Educational Administration from Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas. Cari has over a decade of experience as a teacher and as an education administrator.

Raymond Doswell serves as Curator/Education Director for the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, MO. Since 1995, he has managed exhibits, archives, research, collections and educational programming for the institution. Doswell received a B.A. in History from Monmouth College in Illinois and taught Social Studies in the St. Louis area before completing graduate work in historic resources management at the University of California-Riverside.

Ann Elliott is currently a central office administrator in the Auburn Washburn School District in Topeka. She is interested in supporting teachers as they strive to make teaching and learning more relevant and more accessible to all students. Her contribution to the Negro League Scholars can be seen in the attention to diverse learners, the alternative modes of content presentation and the scaffolded tools for both teachers and students.

Gerald D. Bailey is professor of education in the Department of Educational Leadership at Kansas State University. Formerly a classroom teacher and supervisor in Lincoln, Nebraska, his current teaching and research interests include leadership and Negro Leagues baseball education. Jerry has a wife, Gwen, and two children, Brook and Morgana.

Lori Molt is a master’s student in the Educational Leadership and Administration at Kansas State University. She has a B.S. degree in Secondary Education - Social Sciences. She helped in the creation of curriculum materials for the Negro Leagues Baseball eMuseum.

Lieutenant Ryan Wood received a B.S. in Speech Communication from the University of Utah in 2001. He joined the military in 2002 as a photo/print journalist and participated in the Active Duty Green to Gold program through K-State for his commission in 2006, earning a Masters degree in Educational Leadership and Administration. He is presently serving as a Medical Service Corp. officer with the U.S. Army and looking forward to a second masters in Hospital Administration. Ryan is currently stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas with his incredibly attractive wife and two daughters.

Mary Hammel serves as Associate Director of the Catalyst Technology and Media Services for the College of Education at Kansas State University. She has been a graphic designer for the college since 1980 and has participated in three previous NLBM-KSU partnership projects. She received a B.F.A. in Graphic Design, a M.S. in Secondary Education-Educational Technology, and an M.F.A. in Visual Communication, all from Kansas State University.

Becky Sundermeier is a photography and painting major at Kansas State University and served as a creative services assistant for the Catalyst Technology and Media Services in the College of Education.

Ed Chandler is a social studies teacher at Manhattan High School.

Matthew Ybarra is a Stanford University student.