“Few aspects of American culture so colorfully and passionately celebrate the American experience as sports.”
—Bob Santelli, curator, Hometown Teams
Hometown Teams is a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition touring six Kansas communities in 2015, as funding allows. The Hometown Teams host communities are Ellinwood, Goodland, Greensburg, Atchison, Perry, and Humboldt. Click here for a tour schedule.
About Hometown Teams
By engaging with photographs, audio and video clips, and hands-on components, visitors to the Hometown Teams Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition will learn how sports continually shape American culture and society. From the little leagues to the big leagues and everywhere in between, sports are a significant part of our national narrative.
The Kansas Humanities Council sponsors Hometown Teams in Kansas in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street program, a one-of-a-kind cultural project that serves small towns and residents of rural America. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the US Congress.
For more information about Hometown Teams, contact Tracy Quillin, associate director, at tracy(at)kansashumanities.org.
In addition to the six Smithsonian exhibition host sites, Hometown Teams partner sites explore community stories related to themes in Hometown Teams. The partner site communities are Blue Rapids, Cottonwood Falls, Eudora, Glasco, Great Bend, Hays, Independence, Jetmore, La Cygne, Larned, Lawrence, Lyons, North Newton, Oakley, Pratt, and Wamego. Click here for the full list of partner site organizations. Note: The Smithsonian exhibition will not be on display at the partner sites.
Statewide support for the Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America initiative comes from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation.
Additional tour support is provided by: