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Hometown Teams: How Sports Shapes America

October 5, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

“Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America,” a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program will be on view at the Hernando County Mining Association Enrichment Center from September 28 – November 9, 2019.

Brooksville and the surrounding community has been expressly chosen by the Florida Humanities Council to host “Hometown Teams” as part of the Museum on Main Street program- a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations.  The exhibition is on tour in six communities in Florida in 2019. Please visit to see more about this program.

“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.

“Hometown Teams” allows the opportunity to explore this fascinating aspect of our own region’s sports history and we hope it will inspire many to become even more involved in the cultural life of the community.

Several local events in conjunction with the “Hometown Teams” exhibit, including:

  • Opening Day Kickoff September 28 at 10 AM
  • Florida Sports History: It’s Not Just Fun & Games, October 5 at 11 AM
    The history of sports in Florida in the context of racial and gender issues, the influence of big business, and personal identities Floridians have with their local teams. It’s serious but it’s also fun. Steve Noll, Historian, writer, Master lecturer in history, University of Florida, Ph.D., University of Florida

  • The Early History of Hernando County Sports: The Teams, The Stories, The Legends, October 12 at 11 AM
    You’ll have the unique opportunity to meet and greet with a group of Hernando’s Sports Hall Of Famers. Robert “Bob” Martinez, Publisher of Old Brooksville In Photos & Stories
  • Sports Photography: Through the Lens, Images from the Sidelines, October 19 at 11 AM
    Professional sports photographer Joe DiCristofalo, Sports Photographer with shares his knowledge and passion for sports and photography.
  • HYL Day: How the Hernando Youth Leagues are Shaping Lives Through Sports, October 26 at 11 AM
    Roundtable discussion.

The Smithsonian “Hometown Teams” exhibit is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, as are all the events listed.  All events will be at the Hernando County Mining Association Enrichment Center.  Exhibit hours will be Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m:   September 28 – November 9, 2019.


October 5, 2019
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Hernando County Mining Enrichment Center
800 John Gary Grubbs
Brooksville, FL 34601 United States
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