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Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Celebrating Sports in American Communities Coming to Cartersville

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July 19, 2017
Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Celebrating Sports in American Communities Coming to Cartersville

Baseball. Soccer. Hockey. Bowling. Kickball. Surfing. People around the country are drawn to compete in these sports and many others. Still more gather on the sidelines to cheer for their favorite athletes and teams. Nowhere do Americans more intimately connect to sports than in their hometowns. The Bartow History Museum, in cooperation with Georgia Humanities, will celebrate this connection as it hosts “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America,” a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program. “Hometown Teams” will be on view July 29 through September 9.

The Bartow History Museum and the surrounding community has been expressly chosen by the Georgia Humanities to host “Hometown Teams” as part of the Museum on Main Street program—a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations. The exhibition will tour 12 communities in Georgia from March 19, 2016 through October 28, 2017; an itinerary is attached, and a short video about the exhibition can be viewed at

“Hometown Teams” will capture the stories that unfold on the neighborhood fields and courts, and 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 it is professional sports or those played on the collegiate or scholastic level, amateur sports or sports played by kids on the local playground, sports are everywhere in America.

“We are very pleased to be able to bring ‘Hometown Teams’ to our area,” said Trey Gaines, Director of the Bartow History Museum. “It allows us the opportunity to explore this fascinating aspect of our own region’s sports history and we hope that it will inspire many to become even more involved in the cultural life of our community.”

“Allowing all of our state’s residents to have access to the cultural resources of our nation’s premiere museum is a priority of the Georgia Humanities,” said Jamil Zainaldin, President. “With this special tour, we are pleased to be working with the Bartow History Museum and Bartow County to help develop local exhibitions and public programs to compliment the Smithsonian exhibition.” The exhibition will open with a special ceremony on Saturday, July 29, 2017, beginning at 10 a.m. Following the opening ceremony, there will be a variety of sports activities occurring around the museum until 1 p.m., including the opportunity to meet local high school athletes. Other free events during the exhibition tour include:

July 28 @ 6 a.m. – Bartow History Museum – WBHF broadcasting live from the museum – Bartow Morning News
July 29 @ 10 a.m. – Bartow History Museum – Opening ceremony for the exhibition and activities to follow
August 1 @ 6 p.m. - Bartow County Library System – Showing of Tommy’s Honor
August 8 @ 7 p.m. – Bartow History Museum - Heather Shores will discuss the creation of the NW GA Textile League, formed by textile mills in Floyd, Polk, and Bartow Counties and played on a competitive level from the 20s – 40s.
August 11 @ 6 a.m. – Bartow History Museum – WBHF broadcasting live from the museum – Bartow Morning News and Sports Zone
August 15 @ 6 p.m. – Bartow County Library System – Showing of Remember the Titans
August 26 @ 10 a.m. – LakePoint Community Sports Day
August 29 @ 6 p.m. - Bartow County Library System – Showing of Field of Dreams
August 29 @ 9.a.m. – Bartow History Museum – Teacher Workshop – Economics of Sports
September 9 @ 10.am. - Bartow History Museum – Workshop for Girl Scouts – Fair Play
September 9 @ 5p.m. – Bartow History Museum – Closing of exhibition

Museum on Main Street invites the public to share their local sports stories through the “Stories from Main Street” website at www.storiesfrommainstreet.org or through the free mobile app available from the Mac App Store or the Google Play Store. Both platforms record and map the location reflected in the submission and will accept written and audio stories as well as videos and photos. Selected submitted stories to “Stories from Main Street” will be featured on the website and app. The archived stories will serve as a searchable record of the unique experiences of life in American small towns. Each story can be searched via location or by topic.

“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 New Harmonies and other Museum on Main Street exhibitions, visit

Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress. Local sponsors include Bartow County Library System, Wells Fargo, Bridges Insurance Agency Inc, Cartersville-Bartow Community Foundation of Northwest Georgia, LakePoint, and ToyoTires.

SITES has been sharing the wealth of Smithsonian collections and research programs with millions of people outside Washington, D.C., for more than 60 years. SITES connects Americans to their shared cultural heritage through a wide range of exhibitions about art, science, and history, which are shown wherever people live, work and play. For exhibition description and tour schedules, visit
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