Hometown Teams

Junior Parker Schwartz speaks about the  “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America” exhibit at the Nodaway County Historical Society on Sunday. 

Pieces of sports culture are now on display at the Nodaway County Historical Society.

Northwest Associate Professor of History and Vice President of the Nodaway County Historical Society Elyssa Ford unveiled “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America” at the museum Sunday afternoon.

The display is a part of the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program. NCHS is one of six sites to host the exhibit. Ford’s Local History Practicum has helped bring “Hometown Teams” to life in Maryville.

“If y’all are like me, I can’t imagine a better place in the state of Missouri for this exhibit to show up,” Ford said. “This is a pretty sport crazy place.”

Throughout the museum, visitors can see exhibits focused on the role sports has had throughout history at the local and national levels.

Items related to Northwest, local high schools and amateur sports in the area are on display.

Instead of focusing on the many championships that have been brought to the community, the exhibit discusses the evolution of sports.

Northwest programs, including the Bearcat Marching Band and women’s basketball team are highlighted.

“It really just shows the importance of (sports) in the community and in our pop culture,” junior Parker Schwartz said. “How it has played throughout the years. Ever since some sports first began.”

The exhibit also features that relate to sports’ impact on the arts and media at the national level. Items such as Nike’s Air Jordans to a playbill for “Lombardi” are on display.

Pictures of the University of Kansas’ Phog Allen Fieldhouse or the Chicago Cubs’ Wrigley Field can also be seen.

“It’s supposed to be how sports shape our life more than just players,” junior Alexandria Greene said.

Local “Hometown Teams” displays will also open at the Maryville Public Library and Northwest beginning Oct. 18.

Several activities surrounding the museum are planned until it closes Dec. 2. Events include discussions about the name of mascots in the area Oct. 25, and a introductory to cricket in the Carl and Cheryl Hughes Fieldhouse Nov. 10.

“It isn’t often that a small town like Maryville actually gets an exhibit like this,” Ford said. “The fact that we are getting it really still amazes me. It is a really neat exhibit and it really looks professionally done.”

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