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Nelson sports museum prepares to open

The Nelson Sports Museum will be opening its doors in July and August and has some great new exhibits on display. Baseball fans won’t want to miss the new feature on old Nelson jerseys. Teams including the Outlaws, Tigers and Ellisons Vijo’s are represented. There is also a collection of old score books from the 1950s. - Submitted photo
The Nelson Sports Museum will be opening its doors in July and August and has some great new exhibits on display. Baseball fans won’t want to miss the new feature on old Nelson jerseys. Teams including the Outlaws, Tigers and Ellisons Vijo’s are represented. There is also a collection of old score books from the 1950s.
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The Nelson Sports Museum is preparing to open for public viewing during July and August.

The new summer student, Adam Grace, will host visitors each Thursday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with tours available by calling 250-352-3989.

The museum’s collection has expanded to include recent donations by Frances Brown — display cabinets and 1950s baseball memorabilia.

Baseball equipment includes game-worn tops of former Nelson teams the Outlaws, Tigers and Ellisons Vijo’s. There are also seven Nelson baseball scorebooks, covering games from 1959 to 1968 and a display of a who’s who list of prominent Nelson family names including Brown, Laughton, Gare, Kilpatrick, Hufty and Moisey to name a few.

The sports museum is seeking baseball equipment of the same 1950s era to compliment this exhibit. If local residents have bats, balls, gloves, pants or shoes they wish to donate, please contact the Nelson Regional Sports Council office at 250-352-3989.

A badminton display, donated by long-time Nelson Badminton Club member and accomplished player, Roger Kerby, has been added to the museum’s collection in the Civic Arena.

Locals and visitors alike are invited to view Nelson’s rich sports history in the Nelson and District Community Complex.

Admission is free.

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