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Public Invited to Hometown Teams exhibit Pep Rally March 9

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on March 1, 2019

“Hometown Teams,” a traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibit that explores how sports shaped America, opens to the public on March 9, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at 6345 Grand Boulevard in downtown New Port Richey with a traditional pep rally!

This fascinating multimedia experience is free and open to the public, and is being brought to  New Port Richey by the nonprofit Florida Humanities Council, which partners with community organizations around the state to bring high-quality cultural programs to Floridians, and hosted by the Cultural Affairs Committee. The Hometown Teams exhibit will be in New Port Richey for seven-weeks.

Accompanying this national exhibit at 6345 Grand Boulevard will be special local programs, exhibits and speakers. They will include local sports figures, ex-professional athletes, local historians and more.

The Role of Sports in American Society

Hometown Teams explores the many roles that sports play in American society. Hometown Teams 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.

What has occurred in our hometowns is nothing less than a sports revolution!

To highlight how sports have shaped the New Port Richey area, the City of New Port Richey Parks and Recreation Department is coordinating with the Cultural Affairs Committee, the New Port Richey Library, the West Pasco Historical Society and the Friends of the Hacienda for a series of free lectures and exhibits to be presented alongside the Smithsonian Museum Hometown Teams exhibit.

Schedule of Free Lectures supporting Hometown Teams in New Port Richey

Date             Time             Speaker                                               Subject

03/13           1:00 p.m.       Bob Langford                                      West Pasco Historical Society

03/14           1:00 p.m.       Ryan Benjamin & Dan Goodspeed     Bucs Super Bowl team members

03/16           1:00 p.m.       Jeff Miller & Brian Schmit                   New Port Richey Sports History

03/16           2:00 p.m.       Matt Roza                                            Sports Trivia with Prizes

03/20           11:00 a.m.      Dewey Mitchell                                   Former Olympian

03/23           11:00 a.m.      Mike Carlson                                       Sports Photographer

03/23           12:00 p.m.      Youth Advisory Board                         Panel Discussion

03/23           2:00pm          Miss Jessica                                         Children’s Sports Story Time

04/13           2:00pm          NPR Library                                          Free sports Movie at the Library

There will be one room dedicated to memorabilia from Gulf High School. Visitors will be able to see year books from various years, sport uniforms, mascots, sports photographs, cheerleader group shots and much more from as far back as 1925.

Come to the kickoff Pep Rally March 9 for Hometown Teams

The public is invited to join the Grand Opening festivities on March 9th at 10:30 a.m. There will be a Pep Rally celebrating the arrival of the Smithsonian Museum with Gulf Junior High School, Gulf High School Alumni, students, coaches and athletes attending. Immediately following the Grand Opening Pep Rally, visitors will be welcomed into the exhibit for the first time!

In addition to New Port Richey, “Hometown Teams” travels to Miami, Leesburg, Sulphur Springs, Brooksville and Milton through 2019 as part of the Smithsonian’s “Museum on Main Street” program. State humanities councils, affiliates of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and sponsors fund tours of the exhibit to each location.

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