Literature and Bowling
Literature and bowling have a fun connection: One of our most popular exhibits for library display is a Rip Van Winkle themed case. Rip Van Winkle was the first book in American literature to reference bowling. This exhibit includes nine pins and balls from the 18th century, along with illustrations and Rip Van Winkle books to showcase the bowling and literature link.
Bowling has a long and rich history, and today it is one of the most popular sports in the world. The sport can be traced back to Egypt in 3200 BC and in Europe the sport began in 300 AD, played by kings and peasants alike. Bowling brings people from all over the globe together today, and through many variations the sport has found common threads to accommodate players. This exhibit includes international pins, balls, artwork, objects, and literature to highlight international bowling history.
Texas has a deep connection to Germany as highlighted in our multiple Oktoberfest’s in DFW area. German immigrants brought nine-pin bowling to Texas in the 1800s, and this version is still played today in the Fredericksburg and New Braunfels areas. This exhibit includes steins, pins, balls, artwork, and literature.
Peanuts and Bowling
Charles Schulz’s cartoon Peanuts has been a beloved part of American culture for nearly 70 years. In the same way that people can connect to the observations included in Peanuts, they can relate to the sport of bowling. As the number one participatory sport in the world bowling is introduced to children at a young age whether as a family-outing, a birthday party, or even by joining a league. As a league bowler himself in the 1960s, Schulz channeled his experiences into his cartoons. This exhibit includes comic strips and other Peanuts bowling-themed objects.