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Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Celebrating Sports in American Communities Coming to Homer

Football. Baseball. Basketball. Track. Golf. Fishing. 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 Claiborne Parish Library, in cooperation with Main Street Homer and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, 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 May 7, 2016 through June 18, 2016. Claiborne Parish Library in Homer and the surrounding community has been expressly chosen by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities to host “Hometown Teams” as part of the Museum on Main Street program—a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations. The exhibition will tour six communities in Louisiana in 2016, and a short video about the exhibition can be viewed at and Main Street Homer's FaceBook page.


 “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 are very pleased to be able to bring ‘Hometown Teams’ to our area,” said Mary Hamil, President of Main Street Homer.


“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 Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities,” said Brian Boyles, with the  Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. “With this special tour, we are pleased to be working with the Claiborne Parish Library, Main Street Homer and the Claiborne Parish community to help develop local exhibitions and public programs to compliment the Smithsonian exhibition.”


Also you can share your stories at the “Stories from Main Street” website at or through the free mobile app available from the Mac App Store or the Google Play Store. Both platforms record and map the location reflected in the submission and will accept written and audio stories as well as videos and photos. Selected submitted stories to “Stories from Main Street” will be featured on the website and app. The archived stories will serve as a searchable record of the unique experiences of life in American small towns. Each story can be searched via location or by topic. “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 Hometown Teams and other Museum on Main Street exhibitions, visit Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Main Street Homer.  SITES has been sharing the wealth of Smithsonian collections and research programs with millions of people outside Washington, D.C., for more than 60 years. SITES connects Americans to their shared cultural heritage through a wide range of exhibitions about art, science, and history, which are shown wherever people live, work and play.


If you would like to assist the Claiborne Parish Library and Main Street Homer in planning our local exhibits and events, please call Main Street Homer at 318-422-2719 or 318-584-5222.  Or email us at

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