FLEMINGSBURG – The Fleming County Public Library and Kentucky Humanities will explore how sports shape our lives and communities with the Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit, “Hometown Teams.”

The exhibit will be on display at the Fleming County Public Library from March 3 until April 7.

It will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Wednesdays from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The exhibit captures the stories that unfold on the neighborhood fields and courts, the underdog heroics, larger than life legends, fierce rivalries and gut-wrenching defeats. For more than 100 years, sports have reflected the trials and triumphs of the American experience and helped shape the national character. Whether it is professional sports or those played on the collegiate or scholastic level, amateur sports or sports played by kids on the local playground, sports are everywhere in America.

Kentucky Humanities chose the Fleming County Public Library to host the exhibit as part of the Museum on Main Street project which is a national, state and local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations.

Museum on Main Street is a partnership of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, the Federation of State Humanities Councils and state humanities councils nationwide. The United States Congress and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet provide support to the Museum on Main Street project.

The exhibition is touring 15 communities in Kentucky from March 18, 2017, through December 29, 2018.

“Sharing exhibits from our nation’s premier museum with rural Kentucky communities is an endeavor Kentucky Humanities is passionate about,” said Executive Director Bill Goodman. “We knew that “Hometown Teams” was the perfect exhibit for us to bring to the commonwealth, given the state’s passion for sports.”

Kentucky Humanities is a non-profit Kentucky corporation affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Fleming County Chamber of Commerce will be holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, at 5:15 p.m. for the opening of the exhibit.

Tours for schools, churches, and community groups may be scheduled by contacting Beverly Cooper or Mary Rushing at the library.

For information about Kentucky Humanities programs and services, visit kyhumanities.org. For information about “Hometown Teams” and other Museum on Main Street exhibitions, visit museumonmainstreet.org.