Museum to host Smithsonian’s “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America” Exhibition

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The Allegany Museum has been chosen by the Maryland State Humanities Council to be one of five venues in the state to host a traveling exhibition celebrating sports in American communities. “We are excited about hosting Hometown Teams,” said Victor Rezendes, an Allegany Museum board member. “From producing famous baseball players and championship marble players to our fierce high school sports rivalries, Western Maryland has many unique sports stories that we will use to expand the exhibit that we receive from the Smithsonian.”

The exhibition will open at the Allegany Museum on Saturday May 30, 2015 and run for six weeks. The core of Hometown Teams is produced the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). The Allegany Museum and members of the Heritage Association, including the Gilchest Museum, Allegany Public Library System, will produce companion exhibits and programming highlighting sports.

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. Museum on Main Street has set up at website ( and free mobile app (available from the Mac App Store or the Google Play Store) where the public can share their sports stories. Stories are recorded and mapped to the location of the contributor and the website and apps accept written and audio stories as well as videos and photos. Museum on Main Street will select some submitted stories to be featured on the website and app.