Museum on Main Street

Through a partnership with the Smithsonian Institution, Georgia Humanities hosts Museum on Main Street, a program that provides small and rural communities access to Smithsonian traveling exhibitions. Local communities host the exhibitions and organize accompanying programs.

Hometown Teams was a great success! Thanks to all those who attended the programs, and to the organizers, sponsors, and host communities who brought it all together.

Our next Smithsonian adventure will be announced in early 2018. Stay tuned!


Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America, a Museum on Main Street exhibition, tours Georgia in 2017

Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America travels across Georgia from March 2016 through October 2017.

This interactive exhibition captures the stories that unfold in neighborhood backyards, playgrounds, and schoolyards. Since the founding of our nation, sports have helped to shape the national character, personifying the American experience. Whether it is professional sports or the games played on an amateur level, nowhere do Americans more intimately connect to sports than in their hometowns.

Hometown sports teams not only represent the game but also help to establish roots, shape lives, and unite communities. In that sense, hometown teams exemplify the fair play and spirit of winning that personifies the American character.

The exhibition highlights the history, culture, and people behind our American passion for sports in our hometowns.

2017 Tour Schedule

  • Jefferson Jan. 14 – Feb. 25, 2017
  • Fort Valley March 4 – April 15, 2017
  • Moultrie April 22 – June 3, 2017
  • Forsyth June 10 – July 22, 2017
  • Cartersville July 29 – Sept. 9, 2017
  • Monroe Sept. 16 – Oct. 28, 2017

“I have worked on countless teams and projects, but my experience with the Hometown Teams exhibition was unlike any other. It brought together individuals from a diverse range of industries, organizations, and occupations to work toward a common goal.”

– Lynn Brinson, Swainsboro Director of Downtown Development

Hometown Teams Sponsors

The Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America exhibition has been made possible in Georgia by Georgia Humanities in partnership with the University of West Georgia.

Hometown Teams is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and state humanities councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.

Georgia programming is supported by The Coca-Cola Company (Presenting Sponsor), Georgia Department of Economic Development, Mary Gambrell Rolinson (in memory of Luck Flanders Gambrell), Atlanta History Center, Robert W. Woodruff Library of Atlanta University Center, Georgia Department of Community Affairs, University of West Georgia College of Arts and Humanities, and the American School of Protocol.

Additional support has been provided by the Center for Public History at the University of West Georgia; Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; Georgia Council on Economic Education; Georgia EMC and GEORGIA Magazine; Georgia Public Library Service; Georgia Sports Hall of Fame; New Georgia Encyclopedia; Sports Radio 680 “The Fan”; the Sports, Society, and Technology Program in the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts at Georgia Institute of Technology; and Trucks Inc.

Presenting Sponsor

Additional Sponsors