Smithsonian Sports Exhibition Delights Local Audiences

Smithsonian Sports Exhibition Delights Local Audiences

The Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, in cooperation with the North Carolina Humanities Council, continues its exploration and celebration of sports in our heritage as it hosts the local showing of Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America,” a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition. Hometown Teams will be on view through April 11.

The Mount Airy Museum of Regional Historyand the surrounding community was expressly chosen by the North Carolina Humanities Council to host Hometown Teams” as part of the Museum on Main Street project—a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations. After it leaves Mount Airy in April, the exhibition will travel to fivemore communities in North Carolina before it returns to the Smithsonian.

 “Hometown Teams” captures the stories that unfold on the neighborhood fields and courts, and the underdog heroics, larger-than-life legends, fierce rivalries and gut-wrenching defeats. For more than 100 years, sports have reflected the trials and triumphs of the American experience and helped shape the national character. Whether it is professional sports or those played on the collegiate or scholastic level, amateur sports or sports played by kids on the local playground, sports are everywhere in America.

“We are very pleased with the community’s reaction thus far to Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America,’” said Museum Executive Director, Matt Edwards.  “Over 160 people attended our opening event and our visitor count so far has been wonderful. People are coming from as far away as Floridato see the exhibition and visit our community. It’s great exposure for the museum and the town. And our public programs have been fascinating and well-received.”

Upcoming program events include 3/21: history of NASCAR, early dirt track racing, NASCAR racer’s roundtable and statistical history of Mt. Airy High School Football program, 3/28: talk on North Carolina’s women’s basketball, 4/11: talk on Mill Team Baseball during the Depression and the opening of the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History’s new regional Sports exhibit. For a complete listing of related programs, visit www.northcarolinamuseum.org or call 336-786-4478.

Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America” is part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), state humanities councils across the nation, and local host institutions. To learn more visit www.museumonmainstreet.org, www.sites.si.edu, or www.nchumanities.org.

Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.