Smithsonian "Museum on Main Street" coming to Conrad

The Smithsonian Institution’s “Museum on Main Street” will stop in Conrad next November for a unique “Hometown Teams” exhibit at the public library. Conrad is one of six Iowa communities that will host it. (Photo courtesy of the Smithsonian website)

One of the most distinguished and well-known institutions in America will bring a traveling exhibit to the Conrad Public Library in late 2018 showcasing the impact of local sports, and for the people in charge of arranging and fundraising the event, it’s a dream come true.

           

“It’s a way to build community—team, coaches, players, people in the community. Hopefully, we’ll bring them in, and they’ll come to this exhibit and spend money,” organizer Sue Gorder said.

           

Conrad—along with Ames, Mount Vernon, Jefferson, Guthrie Center and Ottumwa—is one of six Iowa communities that will host the exhibit and the smallest in terms of population. According to its website, “Hometown Teams” will examine the role of sports in American society, “how they shape our lives” and “celebrate who we are.”

           

In addition to national and statewide exhibits (including Dan Gable’s wrestling display), Conrad will feature the achievements of local athletic teams, and Gorder and fellow organizer Dale Walters are looking for volunteers to help with the project. Of course, 6-on-6 basketball, with its rich history in the area and the legendary career of Union-Whitten star Denise Long, will almost certainly factor prominently into the equation. 

 

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