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The Smithsonian's Hometown Teams sports exhibit to visit Oklahoma

The Smithsonian's Hometown Teams sports exhibit to visit Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, OK – The Oklahoma Humanities Council will bring the Smithsonian Institution’s Hometown Teams traveling exhibit to six communities across Oklahoma in 2015. The Hometown Teams exhibit features images, videos, artifacts, and personal stories gathered from towns across the country. The exhibit shows how the essential qualities of sports – competition, fair play, and the zeal to win – embody the American spirit and influence our culture, communities, and lives.

The exhibit debuts on Thursday, March 5, at Oklahoma City’s Ralph Ellison Library, where it will be displayed through April 17. From there it will visit the Miami Public Library, Muskogee’s Five Civilized Tribes Museum, Ponca City’s Pioneer Woman Museum, Weatherford’s SWOSU Museum on Main Street, and the Guymon Public Library.

The exhibit is free and open to all ages. The exhibit's host cities will add complementary programming and exhibits highlighting their own unique sports histories. An exhibit on Oklahoma sports, created by the Oklahoma Historical Society, will also tour with the national exhibit. Sections of the exhibit focus on the interactions of sports with commerce and culture, iconic arenas, fans' and athletes' personal experiences, heated national and local sports rivalries, new "alternative" sports, and ways sports have mirrored society through struggles for equality for women and minorities.

Hometown Teams is part of the Museum on Main Street program, which is a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and state humanities councils nationwide. The Oklahoma Hometown Teams tour has been generously supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and by our local sponsors: The Boeing Company; Kirschner Trusts; The Pauline Dwyer Macklanburg and Robert A. Macklanburg, Jr., Foundation; Guernsey; Beaver Express Services LLC; and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

For more information about Hometown Teams, please contact OHC Program Officer Caroline Lowery at (405) 235-0280 or at caroline@okhumanities.org.