Hometown Teams to Tour State in 2015: Cultural Institutions Invited to Apply to Host Museum on Main Street Exhibition

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The North Carolina Humanities Council and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service announce Hometown Teams– an exciting Museum on Main Street (MoMS) exhibition to tour North Carolina beginning February 2015. Rural NC museums, libraries, historic sites, and historical societies are invited to apply as host sites by July 10, 2013. Sites will be determined by the end of September 2013.

“Few aspects of American culture so colorfully and passionately celebrate the American experience as sports,” says Bob Santelli, curator of Hometown Teams.

On the exhibition itself, the Smithsonian wants visitors to think about how sports are an indelible part of our culture and community. For well over one hundred years, sports have reflected the trials and triumphs of the American experience and helped shape our national character. Whether it’s professional sports or those played on the collegiate or scholastic level, amateur sports or sports played by kids on the local playground, the plain fact is sports are everywhere in America. Our love of sports begins in our hometowns – on the sandlot, at the local ball field, in the street, even. Americans play sports everywhere. We play pick-up games and organized league games.

Each weekend, hundreds of thousands of Americans participate in some sport, on some level. We win and we lose, and we yearn to play another day. And if we’re not playing, we’re watching: in the stands, on the fields with our sons and daughters, or in our living rooms with friends in front of a television. Football, baseball, and basketball capture our attention most, but more and more, other non-traditional sports vie for our time and support. On any given weekend in America, sports are a big part of what we do. This exhibition embraces it all.

Hometown Teams is comprised of six content sections and an introduction; it requires 900 square feet of floor space, a ceiling height of 8.5 feet, and access to electrical outlets.

Questions about Hometown Teams? You may access a RFP to host the Hometown Teams exhibition here.