New Exhibit on Hometown Sports Comes to Marshall


Minnesota Historical Society: Al Heitman

Baseball. Soccer. Hockey. Bowling. Kickball. Surfing. 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.

Marshall Public Library pays tribute to hometown sports heroes by hosting the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street exhibit “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America.” The exhibit is sponsored by the Harrison County Historical Museum.

Marshall is one of just 180 small towns in 30 states to get the exhibit in its planned six years life. “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. This project gives communities an opportunity to share these stories, celebrate local legends and collect memorabilia from the community.

The exhibit runs from March 23 through April 28 (closed March 30 and 31 for city holiday). It is open for public viewing daily, except Sundays, at 9:30 a.m. Closing times are 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays; 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays; and 3:30 p.m. Saturdays.

An opening reception is 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 23. Historian Bill O'Neal will discuss "The East Texas Baseball League: 1916 to 1950."

The library is at 1 Peter Whetstone Square., Marshall.

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