The Enterprise Public Library has been selected to host a Smithsonian exhibit, Hometown Teams from November 8, 2016 through December 10, 2016!
Hometown Teams has been made possible in Enterprise by the Alabama Humanities Foundation.
Hometown Teams is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress
Hometown Teams Exhibition Description
Our love of sports begins in our hometowns. We play them on ball fields and sandlots, on courts and on ice, in parks and playgrounds, even in the street. From pick-up games to organized leagues, millions of Americans of all ages play sports. Win or lose, we yearn to compete and play another day.
If we’re not playing sports, we’re watching them. We sit in the stands and root for the local high school team, or gather on the sideline and cheer on our sons and daughters as they take their first swing or score their first goal.
Hometown sports are more than just games—they shape our lives and unite us and celebrate who we are as Americans.
- Americans today have a wider selection of sports to play and watch than ever before. What has occurred in our hometowns is nothing less than an American sports explosion.
- The essential qualities of sports – competition, fair play, and the zeal to win – embody the American spirit.
- Hometown teams represent the community, instill pride in it, and create a bond that is passed from one generation to the next.
- High school football and basketball games generate hometown passion and loyalty. Little League baseball games teach youngsters the fundamentals of fair play. Adult softball and bowling leagues keep us connected to the games we enjoyed in our youth. On a broader level, university and professional teams stir our support and make lifelong, dedicated fans out of many of us.
- Our connection to sports spans generations. It all begins in our hometowns at an early age. We put balls in the hands of infants and register our sons and daughters for development leagues and clinics. Later, they play on town teams. Many young athletes will go on to play high school and even college sports.
- As older adults, we might move to the grandstand, but our desire to remain fit and competitive keep us engaged in sports beyond the role of spectator. For much of our lives, sports and hometown teams play a big role in defining who we are.
No part of American culture so colorfully and passionately celebrates American ideals as does sports.
Schedule of Events
Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with Mayor Boswell
Tuesday, November 8, 9:00 AM at the Enterprise Public Library
Hometown Heroes: How the Game Has Changed (CANCELLED) Tuesday, November 15, 5:30 PM at the Enterprise Farmers Market
A forum of former high school, college, and NFL players. Hosted by Joshua Boutwell of the Enterprise Ledger and Ricky Adams
Hometown Stories: The Importance of Capturing Oral Histories
Thursday, November 17, 5:30 PM at the Enterprise Public Library
A special lecture led by University of Alabama in Huntsville Professor John Kvach about the importance of capturing oral histories
Hometown Memories: I Remember When
Tuesday, November 22, all day at the Enterprise Public Library
Enjoy a screening of a special video highlighting Enterprise and Enterprise sports
Hometown Legends: A Night with Eli Gold
Tuesday, December 13, 5:30 PM at the Enterprise Civic Center
Meet the famous voice of Alabama football! Hosted by Enterprise High School Football Coach David Faulkner
Volunteer will play an essential role in inspiring and engaging thousands of people from all over Alabama. We are on the lookout for dynamic and curious people who want to be part of the Smithsonian exhibit. Watch this page for upcoming volunteer opportunities.
If you are looking for innovative ways to attract consumers and build brand loyalty, sponsoring Hometown Teams is an excellent way to align your brand with a proven partner that brings the Smithsonian to America. As a sponsor of an upcoming exhibition, your company would receive benefits such as:
- Branding presence at multiple venues
- Recognition on exhibition title wall
- Logo placement on all exhibition signage, brochures, invitations, and educational materials
- Invitations to press previews and museum events
If you are interested in sponsoring Hometown Teams, please contact the library director.