Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America

(Northwest News Service)

The Nodaway County Historical Society (NCHS), in cooperation with the Missouri Humanities Council, is proud to host “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America,” a travelling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program.

The NCHS and the surrounding community have been chosen as 1 of only 6 sites in the state to host “Hometown Teams,” and the museum is excited to bring the stories of larger-than-life legends, fierce rivalries, thrilling championship wins, and gut-wrenching defeats to Nodaway County. 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.

“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 have such exhilarating sport history and athletic success in our region, and we hope this exhibit will allow us to explore it further and to grow our sport-related collections at the university and the museum,” said Dr. Elyssa Ford, associate professor at Northwest and the vice president of the Nodaway County Historical Society. “We also hope it will inspire people to become even more involved in the cultural life of our community and to expand their support for cultural institutions that preserve our history.”