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Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Celebrating Sports in American Communities

Posted on Sunday, June 16, 2019 at 1:19 am

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 Leesburg Public Library, in cooperation with the Florida Humanities Council, 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 June 22, 2019 through August 3, 2019.
The Leesburg Public Library and the surrounding community has been expressly chosen by the Florida Humanities Council to host “Hometown Teams” as part of the Museum on Main Street program—a state partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations. The exhibition will tour 6 communities in Florida in 2019.
“We are very pleased to be able to bring ‘Hometown Teams’ to our area,” said Lucy Gangone, Library Director. “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 the Florida Humanities Council,” said Steve Seibert, Executive Director. “With this special tour, we are pleased to be working with Leesburg Public Library to help develop local exhibitions and public programs to compliment the Smithsonian exhibition.” Such free events include speakers, documentaries and children’s art projects.
“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 other Museum on Main Street exhibitions, visit
Admission is free for the exhibition and is open to the public at the Leesburg Public Library from June 22 through August 3, 2019 during all library open hours.
Hours of operation:
Monday-Thursday 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
Friday-Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Leesburg Public Library, 100 East Main Street, Leesburg, FL 34748. (352) 728-9790 option 3
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