George Washington, Sportsman: From His Own Journals

By Dr. Colleen Yarger – George L. Ohrstrom, Jr. Curator of Library Collections Did you know that many of our nation’s Presidents enthusiastically participated in sporting pastimes covered under the National Sporting Library & Museum’s (NSLM) mission? As our institution is dedicated to preserving, promoting, and sharing the literature, art, and culture of equestrian, angling, […]

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History’s Most Unusual Duels

By Nicole Stutt When we envision duels, we often think of knights in shining armor or 18th century gentlemen in a field taking aim with pistols and one man left standing at the end of it.  That was often the case, but not always.  Some gentlemen were able to settle their disputes before they had […]

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A Day at the Circus

By Nicole Stutt, Visitor Services Associate Generally, when someone mentions Rome and sports, the first thing that comes to mind is gladiators.  And indeed, the Romans loved gladiatorial games as much as they loved any public spectacle.  The most popular of them all were the Ludi Circenses, the chariot races.  In fact, the races became […]

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Some things never change…

In today’s world, it is easy to take for granted the comforts of modern technology. Horseback riding is a hobby now, not a necessity. We no longer rely upon the animal to commute, to work, or to make a living. Cars, tractors, and farm equipment have taken over those tasks. Even caring for horses has […]

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Scandal in the Jungle

A series of letters in the NSLM’s John H. Daniels Rare Book Collection detail a fascinating tale filled with mystery and intrigue about a series of suspiciously easy tiger hunts near Navapur in the state of Maharashtra, India, in early 1923. W. E. Copleston first wrote on March 4, 1923, to a man named Jacob, […]

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