Hometown Teams rallying for 2018

About thirty people from communities in Greene County attended the Informational Pep Rally presented by Jefferson Matters: Main Street director Peg Raney on Monday, July 24 at the Greene County Historical Museum.  Others involved in this kick-off were Roger Aegerter, Deb McGinn and Dianne Piepel.  A video of the Smithsonian Institute’s Hometown Teams interactive display was presented.  A power point of pictures from other communities who have hosted this exhibit gave those in attendance a chance to brainstorm ideas for Jefferson and Greene County.

Jefferson is one of six Main Street Iowa communities to be chosen to host this six week exhibit in 2018.  The dates are Aug. 11 – Sept. 23, 2018.  It is recommended to have local exhibits leading up to the Smithsonian exhibit to give it local ties and created enthusiasm to participate in it.  Everyone agreed that this opportunity for students to see this type of exhibit will be fantastic and ideas were flowing from the group.

A list of committees (teams) needed was reviewed and many chose how they wanted to be involved.

Teams include:

Local Exhibition Team – planning local sports displays leading up to and during the exhibit

Program Planning Team – plan presentations & speakers leading up and during exhibit

Installation, Tear Down & Transport Team – handling of the Smithsonian exhibit

Budget & Fundraising Team – establishing a budget & raising funds through sponsors & grants

Marketing & Advertising Team – radio, newspaper, online news, social media, brochures, posters,  TV, etc.

Education Team – making connections with K-12 to encourage participation

Exhibition Host Team – recruiting & scheduling volunteers for exhibit, group tours & collecting data

Calendar Manager – keeping all team’s progress & plans on an online calendar

Opening Events Manager – opening day ceremony to kick things off

If you would like to be involved or hear more about this project, please contact Peg Raney, Debra McGinn, Dianne Piepel or Roger Aegerter. This group is available for presentations to organizations and businesses.

Email director@jeffersonmatters.org or call 515-386-3585

Check our website under Events – Smithsonian Exhibit for updates

Smithsonian exhibit to Jefferson in 2018- info mtg. July 24

We’d like to invite interested residents to a Pep Rally for an outstanding project awarded to Jefferson Matters: Main Street and the Greene County Historical Society. Hometown Teams is a Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibit sponsored through Main Street Iowa and was awarded to six Iowa communities for 2018. Our exhibit is scheduled to be located at the Greene County Historical Society from August 11 —September 23, 2018. This will be six weeks of opportunity for residents and visitors to experience a real Smithsonian exhibit on a topic everyone loves. The time is perfect for students to experience this exhibit. This museum exhibit helps us explore our love of sports in our hometowns. If we’re not playing sports, we’re watching them. No part of American culture so colorfully and passionately celebrates American ideals as does sports.

We’d like to invite you to an informational Pep Rally on Monday, July 24 at 7 pm at the Historical Museum. We are inviting sports enthusiasts and organizations that we know are community-minded and would have great ideas on how to promote and participate in this opportunity. Please feel free to bring others along that you think would like to be involved.

Agenda for Mon., July 24 at the Greene County Historical Museum at 7 pm:

Show a short video of the Hometown Team Smithsonian Institute Exhibit

Brainstorm ideas for local exhibits, events & activities during or leading up to the exhibit

Share the “teams” needed to organize this project and get commitments of involvement

This project should be fun, exciting, and as sports do—bring people together.

Ideas from the committee so far include:

*Movie week at the theatre with sports –themes

*Photography of sports

*Style show of sports/band/cheerleading uniforms through the ages

*Impact of music—pep bands, etc.

*Book talks of sports related books—through public libraries and schools

*The Food! Concession stands

*Speakers of local sports celebrities

*Tailgating event for promotion

*Promotion of our local sports manufacturers

*Facebook page to post old photos

*Sports toys and their impact

*Sports cards, trophies & memorabilia

*Exhibit from each community in Greene County on sports history, stories, videos, teams, interviews, etc.

*Promotion of all sports— football, basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, bowling, gymnastics, track, cross-country, swimming, archery, Little League, park & rec activities, wrestling, 6 on 6 basketball, golf, weightlifting, extreme sports, car racing, cycling, adaptive sports, competitive dance, cheerleading, etc.

Hometown Teams is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Main Street Iowa program.

Project Team: Peg Raney, Debra McGinn, Roger Aegerter, Dianne Piepel