Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit: Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America



Lynn Meadows Discovery Center will be hosting the Smithsonian Institute’s traveling exhibit Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America from August 13th until September 24th.

Hometown Teams is a 3 dimensional exhibit portraying sports in America and how they have shaped, and continue to shape, American culture and identity. Free-standing exhibit sections employ a variety of artifacts, images, video and audio, and hands-on interactives to elucidate this All American theme. Don’t miss this opportunity to see a world-class exhibition from the famed Smithsonian Institute. In addition to the displays, Lynn Meadows Discovery Center will provide a complimenting local exhibit and offer a series of local programs related to the Hometown Teams theme. Please contact development director Penny Patterson if you have local sports items or photos (past and present), artifacts, or memorabilia to lend or donate for the exhibit.

Schedule of events

Saturday, August 13th – Pep Rally Grand Opening 11:00am – 1:30pm
Help us kick off the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibit Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America with a pep rally led by Gulfport High School Marching Band and a tailgate barbecue to celebrate our very own Hometown Teams!

Thursday, August 18th – Chamber After 5 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce, Inc Members and Guests Only

Saturday, August 20th – Meet football legends John Bond & Reggie Collier 1:00pm
with a film screening of Mississippi Grid Iron Gold: Small towns, Big football in the theatre.

Friday, August 26th – Meet & Greet – Biloxi Shuckers 10:30am – 11:30am
Meet Tim Bennett, minority owner of the Biloxi Shuckers, with players and coaches

Saturday, August 27th – Meet & Greet – Barry Lyons 10:00am – 12:00pm
Meet former Major League Baseball catcher Barry Lyons followed by a special performance of “Casey at the Bat” by the WINGS Performing Arts group at 12pm on the deck.

Sunday, August 28th – Performance by WINGS Performing Arts 2:00pm
Join us on the deck as the WINGS Performing Arts group performs “Casey at the Bat”.

Tuesday, August 30th – Tailgate Cooking Class with Rebecca Kajdan 6:00pm
Join us in the Viking Kitchen as tailgating expert Rebecca Kajdan shares tons of secrets for having the perfect tailgate menu in this fun adult cooking class. Price $35 per per person

Saturday, September 10th – “African Americans in Sports from Mississippi” with Charles K. Ross  12:30pm
Charles K. Ross is the Associate Professor of History and Director of African American Studies at Ole Miss

Thursday, September 22nd – LMDC Member’s Only viewing 5:00pm – 7:00pm

Saturday, September 24th – Hockey shootout with Brandon Elliott
10:00am – 12:00pm 
Join former pro hockey player Brandon Elliott with a hockey shootout.

Baseball Techniques with D’Iberville Baseball Team 10:00am – 12:00pm

All events are included with museum admission except for Tailgate Cooking Class. For more details on special events, visit All speakers and events subject to change


Hometown Teams has been made possible at Lynn Meadows Discovery Center by the Mississippi Humanities Council.

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.