PROGRAM: Hometown Teams

Presented by:
Georgia Humanities Council
Current Initiative: Hometown Teams National Partner: Smithsonian – Museum on Main Street Local Partner: Colleges and Universities, Foundations, Museums, Nonprofits, Other Subject: Cross-Cultural Understanding, History, Professional Development, Varies Audience: All, Children and Families, Rural Communities

Georgia Humanities hosts Museum on Main Street (MoMS) exhibitions for the state of Georgia through a partnership with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). The exhibitions tour the state, stopping at each local host community for approximately six weeks. Host communities are selected through a competitive application process.

From March 2016 to October 2017, Georgia Humanities will host Museum on Main Street’s Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America across the state. This interactive exhibition captures the stories that unfold in neighborhood backyards, playgrounds, and schoolyards. Since the founding of our nation, sports have helped to shape the national character, personifying the American experience whether through professional sports or the games played on an amateur level.

Hometown sports not only represent the game but also help to establish roots, shape lives, and unite communities. In that sense, hometown teams exemplify the fair play and spirit of winning that personifies the American character.

The exhibition highlights the history, culture, and people behind the American passion for sports in hometowns.