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New Cactus League history museum in the works in Mesa

A new home for the popular spring training exhibit at the Mesa Historical Museum is in the works. 

Mesa Historical Museum is beginning a campaign for a new museum on their campus, dedicated to the history of the Cactus League. The museum plans to renovate the historic Lehi Auditorium, located on their property. Having already received $100,000 in funding from the State Heritage Fund, museum officials believe the project is well within reach. 

Susan Ricci, executive director at Mesa Historical Museum, says there is a ton of demand for a museum designated to Arizona’s baseball history. 

“There’s always been talk about how it would be so great if we had an actual baseball museum, because Arizona doesn’t have a permanent facility that houses the story of Arizona baseball,” Ricci said. 

According to Ricci, the necessary renovations will require an additional $500,000 of funding.

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