Smithsonian’s ‘Hometown Teams’


Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group (CDG) in partnership with the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Main Street Iowa program will celebrate the many roles athletics play in towns, cities, and states across the country when it brings the traveling Smithsonian exhibit “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America,”  to Mount Vernon from March 18 to April 29, 2018.

“Hometown Teams” examines how and why hometown sports are more than just games.  Sports shape and unite us. From pick-up games to organized leagues, millions of Americans of all ages play sports. And, if we’re not playing sports, we’re sitting in the stands or gathered on the sidelines cheering as young athletes take their first swing or score their first goal. Let’s not forget, either, the tireless souvenir sales people and those slinging hamburgers and popcorn at concession stands.

The traveling Smithsonian exhibit will be enhanced and complemented by exhibits featuring local legacies.

A short video about the exhibition can be viewed at here.

“Hometown Teams” as well as the local exhibits featuring memorabilia from Eastern Iowa communities will be on display in the First Street Community Center’s Gymnasium, with occasional special events held in the Uptown Theatre.  Entrance to the exhibit will be FREE.

The exhibit will be on view from March 18 to April 29, 2018.

The open hours for the exhibit will be:

Wednesdays: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursdays: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Fridays: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sundays: Noon – 4 p.m.


Remembering 6-on-6 Gallery Talk


The year 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the end of 6-on-6 girls’ basketball in Iowa.

To commemorate and reflect on this uniquely Iowan sport, the Iowa Women’s Archives and Sport Studies faculty in the Department of American Studies at the University of Iowa have collaborated to create a touring exhibition that tells the story of 6-on-6 basketball in Iowa and the girls and women that played it.

The Gallery Talk will provide an opportunity to hear about the exhibition from one of its curators and to learn more about the artifacts it features.

Presented by the University of Iowa Women’s Archives, University of Iowa Library


Collecting Girls’ and Women’s Sport Histories in Iowa


Established in 1992, the Louise Noun – Mary Louise Smith Iowa Women’s Archives collects and makes available historical materials that tell the stories of Iowa women from all walks of life.

In an effort to broaden its sport-related collections representatives from the Archives and Sport Studies faculty from the University of Iowa Department of American Studies are organizing a collection weekend.

Please stop by to tell us your stories, ask questions about donating historical materials, or to donate documents, photographs, or other items related to 6-on-6 basketball or other sporting experiences.

Sponsored by the University of Iowa Women’s Archives, University of Iowa Library


Playing to Win – Kids and Sports


Cornell College professors of kinesiology Steve DeVries and Kristi Meyer will discuss origins and social factors that have influenced the growth of youth sports in the USA, how we have gotten to where we are now, and some current trends and issues.