Smithsonian exhibit coming to Ottumwa

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Managing Editor

OTTUMWA — The Wapello County Historical Museum will play host next year to an exhibit from one of the best-known museums in the world.

The Smithsonian Institution sends traveling exhibits out every year to help bring history to people in the U.S. In May 2018, the exhibit "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America," will land in Ottumwa.

Main Street Iowa helped bring the exhibit to the state, and Main Street Ottumwa Director Fred Zesiger said the state organization selected Ottumwa as a host.

"We’re excited," he said. "It’s something that we’ve been trying to work on since last fall. Main Street Iowa had! an application process and chose us."

Zesiger said there’s still a considerable amount of work to be done. The Legacy Foundation and the Convention and Visitors Bureau are helping with the visit, so there’s some coordination to work out. That means there will be more announcements about the exhibit in the months to come.

Six Iowa communities, including Ottumwa, will host the exhibit. Ottumwa is the second stop on the tour, with the exhibit open from May 5 to June 17, 2018.

"With this special tour, we are pleased to be working with local Main Street organizations in Ames, Conrad, Guthrie Center, Jefferson, Mount Vernon and Ottumwa" said Michael Wagler, state coordinator for the Main Street Iowa program. "The statewide project will bring additional traffic and visitors to Main St! reet Districts, helping to serve as economic development cata! lysts for the communities in which they are located."

Can’t wait until next year? You can get a sneak peek at the exhibit at teams.

Matt Milner can be reached at and followed @mwmilner.


Category: Arts and Culture

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