Nicholas Co. Historical Society and Kentucky Humanities bring Smithsonian exhibit to Carlisle

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The Nicholas County Historical Society and Kentucky Humanities will explore how sports shape our lives and communities with the Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit, Hometown Teams, which opens July 15th.

The exhibit will be on display at the Neal Welcome Center, 108 West Main Street, until August 19. Hometown Teams will be open Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Volunteers for the Nicholas County Historical Center at the Neal Welcome Center for the Smithsonian traveling exhibit, “Hometown Teams.”(Photo provided)

A kick-off reception and ribbon cutting will be held on Friday, July 14, at 7 p.m.

For updated information about events taking place in conjunction with the Hometown Teams exhibit, visit the Nicholas County Historical Society Museum on Facebook.

Hometown Teams captures 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. Nowhere do Americans more intimately connect to sports than in their hometowns.

Kentucky Humanities chose the Nicholas County Historical Society to host Hometown Teams as part of the Museum on Main Street project — a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations. Museum on Main Street is a partnership with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, the Federation of State Humanities Councils and state humanities councils nationwide. The United States Congress and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet provide support to the Museum on Main Street project. The exhibition is touring 15 communities in Kentucky from March 18 through December 29, 2018.

“Sharing exhibits from our nation’s premier museum with rural Kentucky communities is an endeavor Kentucky Humanities is passionate about,†said Bill Goodman, executive director. “We knew that Hometown Teams was the perfect exhibit for us to bring to the Commonwealth, given the state’s passion for sports.”

Kentucky Humanities is a non-profit Kentucky corporation affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities. For information about Kentucky Humanities programs and services, visit kyhumanities.org. For information about Hometown Teams and other Museum on Main Street exhibitions, visit museumonmainstreet.org.

From Kentucky Humanities

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