Hometown Teams

“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

Hometown Teams_Title Treatment_SM_color_FNLHometown Teams explores the way sports build and unite communities. The enthusiasm and dedication of fans, athletes, and coaches bonds us across time, cultures, generations, and geography.

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.

Smithsonian Exhibition Tour Schedule

The Hometown Teams Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition is tour six communities in Kansas between January 31 and November 15, 2015: Ellinwood, Goodland, Greensburg, Atchison, Perry, and Humboldt. Click here for the tour schedule.

Postcards from the Road Walking Initiative

KHC is collecting steps to take a virtual walk around the world. Click here to participate and to follow our progress.

Partner Sites

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.

Pep Club

Show your spirit with a donation in support of Hometown Teams and add your name to list of individuals and organizations in the Hometown Teams Pep Club.

Tour Support

BCBSKS Foundation clr w tagStatewide 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: