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Hometown Teams

How Sports Shape America

Hometown sports are more than just games—they shape our lives and unite us and celebrate who we are as Americans. We play on ball fields and sandlots, on courts and on ice, in parks and playgrounds, even in the street. From pick-up games to organized leagues, millions of Americans of all ages play sports. And, if we’re not playing sports, we’re watching them. We sit in the stands and root for the local high school team, or gather on the sidelines and cheer on our sons and daughters as they take their first swing or score their first goal.

Hometown Teams captures the stories that unfold on the neighborhood fields and courts; or underdog heroics, larger‐than‐life legends, fierce rivalries, and gut‐wrenching defeats. The exhibit features sports-related objects, images, videos and personal stories from the Smithsonian’s cast collection and highlights memorabilia and stories collected from our southwest Florida community.

This exhibit is made possible by a Florida Humanities Council Grant awarded to the Southwest Florida Historical Society. Project partners include the Smithsonian, the Alliance for the Arts and the Lee County Black History Museum. Special thanks to the City of Fort Myers, Lee County Sports Development and the Lee Trust for Historic Preservation for their contribution to the success of this exhibit.

Date & Time

Weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday

Jun 30, 2018 through Aug 11, 2018

9:00AM - 5:00PM

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Admission to the gallery is free, but a $5 suggested donation keeps programming affordable and accessible

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