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Exhibit shows how sports shape lives
by Zack Steen
Nov 07, 2016 | 994 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Later this month a large transport truck will roll into Corinth carrying more than 20 crates containing the Smithsonian’s Hometown Teams traveling exhibit.

The exhibit, on display beginning Nov. 19 at the Corinth Library, will take a look at how people’s lives are influenced by the sports they play.

Mississippi Humanities Council volunteer Lillie Lovett was in Corinth last week hosting a docent and volunteer training session at the Crossroads Museum, the host of the exhibit.

“The Hometown Teams exhibit is quite impressive,” said Lovett. “It looks at how sports impacts our lives and highlights everything from football to surfing.”

The exhibit, she said, features seven free standing display units and lots of interactive stations.

“It’s done in such a way where things are fun, but also scholastic,” added Lovett.

The exhibit, which started traveling the country in 2006, is being brought to Mississippi thanks to Museum on Main Street (MoMS).

A unique alliance of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and state humanities councils, MoMS brings big time exhibits to cultural organizations in small, rural communities.

“Corinth should feel special – only six cities were chosen in Mississippi for Hometown Teams,” said Lovett. “A proposal was written by Brandy (Steen) at the Crossroads Museum. She did such a great job that we couldn’t turn it down. It was simply outstanding.”

The exhibit kicked off in Jackson at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in March. It traveled from the Historic Natchez Foundation to the Amory Regional Museum and the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center in Gulfport.

The exhibit is currently on display at the campus of Delta State University in Cleveland before heading to Corinth to open to the public on Nov. 19, the same day as the museum’s banner fundraiser the Red Green Market.

The exhibit will be on display at the Corinth Library through Dec. 30. Admission is free.

As a requirement to hosting the exhibit, the local museum was tasked at hosting free community speaking engagements.

The schedule includes Dr. Charles Westmoreland on Nov. 22, who will speak on segregation at Ole Miss and Mississippi State University within the sports culture.

Other speakers include Dr. Charles Ross, African Americans in Mississippi Sports, on Nov. 29; Dr. Phill Dixon, African Americans in baseball, on Dec. 6; H. Lee Smith II, Corinth Warrior Sports History, on Dec. 13; and Michael H. Miller, sports photography tips and tricks, on Dec. 20.

All speaking events will be held at 6 p.m. at the museum and admission will be free.

(For more information on the exhibit or to volunteer, contact 662-287-3120 or email director@crossroadsmuseum.com.)
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