Great Falls Historical Room Gets Well-Earned Accolades
Followers of the official Voyagers Twitter account (@gfvoyagers) may have noticed a few days ago that the Voyagers had been included on a list of very prestigious baseball clubs. On Friday, BallparkDigest.com announced its list of the 12 best in-ballpark museums in the country, and the historical room at Centene Stadium made the cut!
In fact, the Great Falls Historical Room didn’t merely sneak on the list: it placed 4th. The room finished behind only the museums at the Atlanta Braves’ Turner Field, the Cincinnati Reds’ Great American Ballpark, and the home of the Arkansas Travelers of the AA Texas League. The Great Falls Historical Room, placing 2nd among all minor league baseball museums, was ranked ahead of museums at the Kansas City Royals’ Kauffman Stadium, the Philadelphia Phillies’ Citizens Bank Park, and even the legendary Monument Park at Yankee Stadium.
The article unveiling the list gives big credit to museum historian and caretaker Jim Eakland. The accolades are well deserved as preserving the huge wealth of artifacts and information present in the museum has been a labor of love for Jim for many years. The Cincinnati Reds’ Museum, Monument Park, and many of the other museums on the list were results of multi-million dollar renovations and the efforts of whole crews of curators. Meanwhile, Jim has managed to accumulate one of America’s leading repositories of baseball wealth through mostly his own efforts. Anybody coming to the ballpark should make time to talk to Jim: he can tell you about any aspect of the epic tale of Great Falls baseball you would care to hear about. He’s always willing to share what he’s learned, and he’s definitely already helped me learn about Voyager history as I prepare for this season’s broadcasts.
Mention by BallparkDigest.com won’t be the only recognition Jim receives this season. The team is planning several public relations efforts starring Jim’s efforts this year. All these efforts will culminate in a special series of conversations between Jim and me which will be recorded and played live before select Voyager radio broadcasts this season. Don’t worry if you miss one: they’ll all be uploaded on this blog after they air. I’ll have more details in this space as the season nears.
So round of applause for Jim Eakland, who has received a well-earned tip-of-the-cap with the museum’s inclusion in this list. Jim’s efforts to catalogue the rich baseball history of the town are truly one of the things that make Great Falls great.