Monroe has been named one of 12 communities in Georgia to host the Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America tour. The Georgia Humanities Council, in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution Museum on Main Street Program, selected Swainsboro, Ft. Oglethorpe, Jonesboro, Nashville, Kingsland and Carrollton in 2016 and Jefferson, Ft. Valley, Moultrie, Forsyth, Cartersville and Monroe in 2017 to host this special exhibit.
Monroe will be the final stop to host the exhibit, beginning September 16 and running through October 28, 2017 at the Monroe Museum and the Monroe Walton Center for the Arts. A committee of community members worked tirelessly in putting together an amazing local exhibit to accompany the Smithsonian pieces.
The exhibits are on display Monday-Friday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Local events happening in connection with the exhibit are as follows:
9/16 Opening Ceremonies @ MM 10:00am
9/28 Homecoming Parade* 7:00 pm
9/29 Homecoming Game 7:30 pm
10/5 Sports Photography Reception* @ MWCA 6:00-8:00 pm
10/6 Outdoor Movie + Food Trucks* @ MM 6:00 pm
10/14 Monroe Downtown Fall Fest* 10:00 am-4:00 pm
10/21 Reunion Day @ Historic Courthouse 10:00 am-12:00 pm
(performance by Monroe Girls Corps & reunions for past Carver/MAHS teams)
*exhibit open for extended hours during these events.
Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America is a traveling exhibition that consists of seven sections with panels, banners and interactive elements. The exhibition revolves around sports and teams in America--an integral part of culture and community in towns all over the country. Sports reflect the American experience and have helped to shape our national character. The exhibit's photographs, artifacts and memorabilia are presented in a fun, quality educational manner to appeal to visitors of all ages, and giving each community the prestige of hosting a Smithsonian traveling exhibition. The tour is more than an exhibition, however. In addition to the traveling exhibition, the host communities are planning a series of sports-related programs to take place throughout the six weeks the exhibition is in their towns.