The American Cave Museum and Kentucky Humanities explores how sports shape our lives and communities with the Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit, “Hometown Teams,” which opened July 14 in Horse Cave.

The exhibit will be on display at the Historic Thomas House, 111 East Main Street, until Aug. 18. “Hometown Teams” will be open: Monday–Thursday by appointment, call 270-786-2680; Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

In addition to the national exhibit, there is a local “Hometown Teams” exhibit on display that includes memorabilia from Horse Cave, Cave City, Horse Cave Colored, and Caverna schools.

For updated information about events taking place in conjunction with the “Hometown Teams” exhibit, follow the Horse Cave exhibit on Facebook, @horsecavehometownteams.

“Hometown Teams” captures 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. Nowhere do Americans more intimately connect to sports than in their hometowns.

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Kentucky Humanities chose the American Cave Museum to host “Hometown Teams” as part of the Museum on Main Street project — a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations. Museum on Main Street is a partnership of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, the Federation of State Humanities Councils and state humanities councils nationwide. The United States Congress and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet provide support to the Museum on Main Street project. The exhibition is touring 15 communities in Kentucky from March 18, 2017 through Dec. 29, 2018.

“Sharing exhibits from our nation’s premier museum with rural Kentucky communities is an endeavor Kentucky

Humanities is passionate about,” said Bill Goodman, executive director. “We knew that “Hometown Teams” was the perfect exhibit for us to bring to the Commonwealth, given the state’s passion for sports.”

Kentucky Humanities is a nonprofit Kentucky corporation affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For information about Kentucky Humanities programs and services, visit kyhumanities.org. For information about Hometown Teams and other Museum on Main Street exhibitions, visit museumonmainstreet.org

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