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Museum on Main looks at sports in America

Local information added to exhibit traveling the country

This week Museum on Main opened a traveling exhibit, "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America," that captures the heroics, heartbreaks and high-fives that punctuate the experience of sports in America.

The display is a production of the Smithsonian's Museum on Main Street program, which shares a name with Pleasanton's museum but otherwise has no connection.

"Hometown Teams" shows the way that sports influence our communities and our culture. From pickup basketball to stadium tailgating, from playing youth soccer to watching their heroes play in the big leagues, sports connects people and divides them, shapes their daily routines and channels their passions.

The traveling exhibit uses video, audio and hands-on interactive displays as well as artifacts and images to explore its theme. Objects such as the Wheaties box featuring Brandi Chastain join videos of Army-Navy games and a "Name That Sport" guessing game to help illustrate the way America relates to athletics.

Pleasanton's Museum on Main has added displays of local sports photography and memorabilia dating from the turn of the 20th century to the present day, as well as a video featuring several of Pleasanton's youth sports organizations.

The exhibit runs through Jan. 21.

Museum on Main is located at 603 Main St. Call 462-2766 or visit www.museumonmain.org to learn more about programs being offered with this exhibit.

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