The free sports-themed exhibit, “Hometown Teams” is scheduled to open at the St. Paul
Public Library, 1301 Howard Avenue in St. Paul, on Sunday July 13. This traveling exhibit is
presented by Humanities Nebraska in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution
through the “Museum on Main Street” program. The library hours are Monday through
Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday from 1-4 p.m.
“Hometown Teams” explores the origins of popular community sports in America and
their evolution to today, the rise and significance of company-owned teams and leagues,
and the role of sports in the civil rights struggles by minorities and women. It will remain
at St. Paul Public Library through August 9. Trading cards that celebrate 100 Nebraska
athletes through the decades will be available at the museum. Plus, St. Paul is home to the
Nebraska Major League Baseball Museum.
A community conversation about how sports help build and define community identity
will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 7 at Miletta Vista Winery, 732 U.S. 281, St. Paul.
Sports historian Scott Stempson will lead a discussion hosted by Humanities Nebraska that
is free and open to the public.
The Hometown Teams exhibit was met with positive community reactions in Nebraska
City, Wahoo and South Omaha earlier in 2014. In August it will travel to Tilden. Alliance
and Lexington will also host the exhibit by turns through the end of the year.
Museum on Main Street exhibitions focus on our national history and culture. Working
with Humanities Nebraska, small museums, libraries and other hometown organizations
develop special events and programming around these traveling exhibitions.
By combining resources, Museum on Main Street, a partnership between the Smithsonian
Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and state humanities councils nationwide, brings