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OHC Announces Six Communities to Host Smithsonian Exhibit in 2015

OHC Announces Six Communities to Host Smithsonian Exhibit in 2015

Oklahoma City, OK – Six Oklahoma communities, in partnership with the Oklahoma Humanities Council, will explore aspects of our national sports history as they host Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America, a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition beginning in March 2015.

Oklahoma City, Muskogee, Ponca City, Weatherford, Miami, and Guymon have been chosen by the Oklahoma Humanities Council to host the exhibit as part of the Museum on Main Street project – a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations. The exhibition will tour these six communities in Oklahoma from March through December 2015.

“Allowing all of our state’s residents to have access to the cultural resources of our nation’s premiere museum is a priority of OHC,” said Ann Thompson, executive director. “With this special tour, we are pleased to be working with these communities to help develop local exhibitions and public programs to complement the Smithsonian exhibition.”

The Oklahoma Humanities Council has employed Dr. Amy Carreiro from Oklahoma State University to work in cooperation with each host site to ensure that their efforts are accomplished with historical accuracy and improved levels of museum professionalism. Dr. Carreiro’s primary areas of scholarship are American studies with an emphasis on Oklahoma sports history and culture.

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 about Hometown Teams and other Museum on Main Street exhibitions, visit http://www.museumonmainstreet.org.

Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress. Local support provided by The Boeing Company and Beaver Express Service, LLC.