Smithsonian exhibit in New Port Richey

“Hometown Teams,” a Smithsonian Institute traveling exhibit, comes to New Port Richey for a short stay beginning March 9. A portion of the exhibit will have a local lean, similar to this setup from a previous exhibit in Wake Forest, North Carolina.

NEW PORT RICHEY – Attention sports fans and museum buffs – the Smithsonian is coming to New Port Richey.

A traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibit entitled “Hometown Teams” will open Saturday, March 9, in Downtown New Port Richey at 6345 Grand Blvd.

“Hometown Teams” is a national exhibit and part of the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program. It explores the roles sports play in American society – past, present and future. According to the Smithsonian Institute website, the exhibit covers the themes of “The Home Team, Our American Spirt and At Every Age,” “Sports and Commerce,” “Sports and Culture,” Equality in Sports” and “The Future of Sports.”

In addition to the traveling national exhibit, the city of New Port Richey is coordinating with the New Port Richey Library, the West Pasco Historic Society and the Friends of the Hacienda for a series of free lectures and exhibits to be presented alongside. According to New Port Richey Community Outreach Coordinator K.C. Quaretti, Bob Langford, Ryan Benjamin, Dan Goodspeed, Jeff Miller, Mike Carlson and the Parks and Recreation Youth Advisory Board will host workshops and lectures throughout the exhibit’s March 9 to April 27 stay in the city.

Saturday will be the exhibit’s grand opening. It’s free and open to the public and will feature a pep rally with Gulf High alumni, students, coaches and athletes.

After the New Port Richey stop, “Hometown Teams” will travel to Miami, Leesburg Sulphur Springs, Brooksville and Milton. State humanities councils, affiliates of the National Endowment for the Humanities and sponsors fund tours of the exhibit to towns throughout the country. The nonprofit Florida Humanities Council assisted in bringing “Hometown Teams” to the state.