The Crossroads Museum will host Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America – a special traveling Smithsonian exhibit kicking off Nov. 19.
The exhibit will take a look at how people’s lives are influenced by the sports they play. Through videos, images, objects and personal reflections gathered from teams around the country, Hometown Teams shows that sports are more than just games.
The local component of the limited six-week exhibit will feature a smorgasbord of area high school sports.
“We hope to collect items on loan from schools and pull some items out of museum archives to build an exciting local sports exhibit,” said museum director Brandy Steen. “We also hope locals are willing to loan us a few items to display.”
The museum needs sports-related memorabilia and items including photos, yearbooks, programs, items used during play, trophies, jerseys and uniforms. From stick and ball sports to the competitive worlds of cheer and band, all forms of sports will be highlighted in the exhibit.
Items such as photos can be on loan to the museum during the exhibit or the museum can scan the photos, leaving the originals in the owner’s hands.
“We also have plans to have a championship banner made for each school to highlight all the champions in each sport -- for example, most recently, the 2016 Kossuth Aggies state baseball champions and the 2016 Corinth Warriors state basketball champions,” said Steen. “Each banner will be hung inside the exhibit as a salute to that school.”
The exhibit will launch with a pep rally and ribbon cutting on Nov. 19, the same day as the museum hosts the Red Green Market.
Due to space limitations at the museum, only the local component will be on display there while the Smithsonian’s portion of the exhibit will be housed at the Corinth Library.
The exhibit, made possible by the Mississippi Humanities Council, will be on display through Dec. 30 at the museum and library.
(To offer items for the local portion of the exhibit, contact 662-287-3120 or firstname.lastname@example.org.)