PROGRAM: Hometown Teams

Presented by:
Arkansas Humanities Council
Current Initiative: Hometown Teams National Partner: Smithsonian – Museum on Main Street Local Partner: Museums Subject: History, Other, Varies Audience: All

Hometown Teams captures the stories that unfold on the neighborhood fields and courts, 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 professional sports, those played on the collegiate or scholastic level, amateur sports or sports played by kids on the local playground, sports are everywhere in America. This project gives communities an opportunity to share these stories, celebrate local legends and collect memorabilia from the community. With support and guidance from the Arkansas Humanities Council, these towns will develop complementary exhibits, host humanities programs and facilitate educational initiatives about sports and ideals such as teamwork, fair play, leadership and respect.  Nowhere do Americans more intimately connect to sports than in their hometowns.

Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America exhibition offers visitors a unique opportunity to explore the history and culture of sports in America. Arkansas host sites will work with the Arkansas Humanities Council, schools, community organizations, and scholars to offer programs and exhibitions specific to their communities and surrounding areas.

The Arkansas Humanities Council has chosen six Hometown Teams host sites:

  • Dallas County Museum (Fordyce, AR)
  • Delta Gateway Museum (Blytheville, AR)
  • Cross County Historical Society (Wynne, AR)
  • Delta Cultural Center (Helena, AR)
  • Ouachita Baptist University (Arkadelphia, AR)
  • Old Independence Regional Museum (Batesville, AR)