Placing Tony Gwynn's Artifacts on Display


 
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Loading the cart
with the artifacts
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Delivering the
artifacts to
the exhibit

Tuesday, August 17, 1999 — With the accessioning process completed and the labels created, the artifacts are ready to be placed on display. While the museum is closed, an exhibit technician loads Tony Gwynn's bat, batting helmet, and cleats onto a cart and wheels the cart to the "Highlights of 1999" exhibit. Gwynn's historic artifacts will join other exciting items in the exhibit, including the jersey worn by David Cone when he pitched his perfect game of July 18, 1999, the cap worn by Mike Morgan when he played for his 20th century-record 11th major league team, and the jersey worn by Pedro Martinez during the 1999 All-Star Game.

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The "Highlights of 1999"
exhibit prior to the addition
of Gwynn's artifacts
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Preparing the exhibit case
for the addition
of Gwynn's artifacts

Since the Museum is monitored by a security system, access to the display case must be coordinated with the Museum's security staff. After opening the case, the artifacts and labels already on display are rearranged in order to make room for Gwynn's bat, batting helmet, and cleats.

The exhibit technician places each artifact in the case, carefully orienting them such that they are not obscured by other artifacts or labels. After the artifacts are secured on their mounts, the labels are placed in the case. These labels must be positioned such that they are clearly associated with the artifacts that they describe. Poorly positioned artifacts or labels may confuse the museum visitor.

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Placing the bat
in the exhibit
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Placing the batting
helmet in the exhibit
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Placing the cleats
in the exhibit
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Placing the label for the batting helmet
and bat in the exhibit
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Placing the label for the cleats
in the exhibit

With the artifacts and labels now in place, the display case is closed and secured. Tony Gwynn's artifacts have thus made it from the ballfield to the Hall of Fame for hundreds of thousands of baseball fans to view and enjoy.

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The "Highlights of 1999"
exhibit complete with
Tony Gwynn's artifacts

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