WEIRTON - The Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit, "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America," sponsored by the West Virginia Humanities Council, will be at the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center from Aug. 17 to Sept. 27.
Hometown Teams interweaves images and text with almost 70 artifacts, video, audio and other interactive elements that present perspectives on sports in popular culture, as well as local sports traditions. It offers information about mascots, marching bands, cheerleaders, game-day traditions, tailgating, player/coach relationships, sports equipment, stadiums, rivalries and athletes who broke racial, gender or physical barriers in sports. The growth of alternative and extreme sports also is explored.
The Humanities Council is providing funding and technical assistance to each host site for the development of companion displays and supplemental programs that focus on local sports heritage.