The Michigan Humanities is pleased to announce the selected host sites for a 2016-17 tour of a national Smithsonian Institution exhibition throughout Michigan. Hometown Teams, an exhibit that explores the critical roles that sports have played in our home towns and in our lives as Americans, will visit five of Michigan’s small cities to examine not only our national relationship with sports, but the local histories of each host city.

On behalf of Michigan Humanities, Jan Fedewa, Interim Executive Director said, “I want to congratulate these sites on being selected as a 2016-17 Smithsonian exhibit host. We look forward to celebrating the national and local sports stories that help shape our state and nation.”

Host sites will complement the exhibit with public programming focused on the local sports history for each area. This might include development of an additional exhibit, discussion programs or community-based documentaries. The Michigan Humanities supports host communities with grants, program planning workshops and tour logistics.

The exhibit will begin travel in April 2016 and close in January 2017, stopping at each site for an eight-week period.

The five host sites and cities are:

  • St. Joseph / Benton Harbor (Southwest) Berrien County
    Venue: The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center
    April 16 – June 4, 2016
  • Lapeer (East Central) Lapeer County
    Venue: Center for the Arts of Greater Lapeer, Inc.
    June 11 – July 30, 2016
  • Pickford (Upper Peninsula) Chippewa County
    Venue: Pickford Community Library
    August 6 – September 24, 2016
  • Morenci (Southeast) Lenawee County
    Venue: Stair District Library
    October 1 – November 29, 2016
  • Fremont (West Central) Newaygo County
    Venue: Fremont Area District Library
    December 4, 2016 – January 29, 2017

About the Exhibit – “Hometown Teams”

[pullquote style=”right” quote=”dark”] Few aspects of American culture so colorfully and passionately celebrate the American experience as sports.
-Bob Santelli, Curator, Hometown Teams[/pullquote] “Sports are an indelible part of our culture and community. For well over 100 years sports have reflected the trials and triumphs of the American experience and helped shape our national character. Whether it’s professional sports, or those played on the collegiate or scholastic level, amateur sports or sports played by kids on the local playground, the plain fact is sports are everywhere in America. Our love of sports begins in our hometowns–on the sandlot, at the local ball field, in the street, even. Americans play sports everywhere. We play pick-up games and organized league games.

Each weekend, hundreds of thousands of Americans participate in some sport, on some level. We win and we lose, and we yearn to play another day.

And if we’re not playing, we’re watching: in the stands, on the fields with our sons and daughters, or in our living rooms with friends in front of a television. Football, baseball, and basketball capture our attention most, but more and more, other non-traditional sports vie for our time and support. On any given weekend in America, sports are a big part of what we do.”

–Museum on Main Street website