Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Celebrating Sports in American Communities Coming to

The Fredericksburg Area Museum

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 Fredericksburg Area Museum, in cooperation with Virginia 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 March 1st through April 30th.

The Fredericksburg Area Museum and the surrounding community has been expressly chosen by Virginia 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.

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 Sara Poore, President and CEO of the Fredericksburg Area 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 Virginia Humanities,” said Matthew Gibson, Executive Director of Virginia Humanities. “With this special tour, we are pleased to be working with the Fredericksburg Area Museum to help develop local exhibitions and public programs to compliment the Smithsonian exhibition.” Such free events include FAMFun: a quarterly family afternoon program series that combines guided tours and interactive activities. On April 25th from 1:00PM-2:00PM, families will be invited to participate in FAMFun! Hometown Teams. Families will explore the exhibit with a guide and design their own dream sports stadium.

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 www.museumonmainstreet.org.

Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress. Additional sponsorship has been provided by the Fredericksburg Nationals and Germanna Community College.

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 www.sites.si.edu.

For more information, please either contact the FAM at 540-371-3037, or visit us at www.famva.org. The FAM collects, researches, interprets, teaches, and preserves the history, heritage, and culture of the Fredericksburg region. We serve a diverse community through a commitment to inclusion, integrity, credibility, and relevance. We will facilitate an understanding and appreciation of how the acts of those who preceded us have shaped this community and the nation at large—providing both lessons and inspiration as we work together to forge a greater community.

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