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Newkirk featured in Smithsonian Exhibit
9/27/2013 5:19:15 PM
Last Updated:
7/23/2015 9:33:27 AM

Tiger Cody Smith was interviewed for the Newkirk football exhibit

 PONCA CITY, Okla. --  The Newkirk High School football program will be part of an exhibit at the Pioneer Woman Museum in Ponca City.

 The Pioneer Woman Museum, in cooperation with Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC), will celebrate this connection as it hosts “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America,” a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian’s  Museum on Main Street program. “Hometown Teams” will be on view July 24, 2015, through September 5, 2015.

 The Pioneer Woman  Museum, a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society, is located at 701 Monument Rd. in Ponca City.

 The exhibit features an interview with head football coach Bob Underwood and the Tiger program.

 The exhibit producers interviewed and filmed a number of Newkirk players and community members in 2012 showing what football means to the local community.

 Pioneer Woman Museum and the surrounding community has been expressly chosen by the Oklahoma Humanities Council to host “Hometown Teams” as part of the Museum on Main Street program—a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations. The exhibition will tour six communities in Oklahoma from Oklahoma City through Guymon. A short video about the exhibition can be viewed at

 “Hometown Teams” will capture the stories that unfold on the neighborhood fields and courts, as well as  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.

 “We are very pleased to be able to bring ‘Hometown Teams’ to our area,” said Robbin Davis, Pioneer Woman Museum director. “It allows us the opportunity to explore this fascinating aspect of our own region’s sports history and we hope that it will inspire many to become even more involved in the cultural life of our community.”

 “Allowing all of our state’s residents to have access to the cultural resources of our nation’s premiere museum is a priority of the Oklahoma Humanities Council,” said Ann Thompson, director of the OHC. “With this special tour, we are pleased to be working with the Pioneer Woman Museum and Ponca City to help develop local exhibitions and public programs to compliment the Smithsonian exhibition.” Such free events include a free lecture and presentation on Saturday, August 29, and on Saturday, July 25, a city-wide pep rally at the museum to open the exhibit.

 Museum on Main Street invites the public to share their local sports stories through the “Stories from Main  Street” website at or through the free mobile app available from the Mac App Store or the Google Play Store. Both platforms record and map the location reflected in the submission and will accept written and audio stories as well  as videos and photos. Selected submitted stories to “Stories from Main Street” will be featured on the website and app. The archived stories will serve as a searchable record of the unique experiences of life in American small towns. Each story can be searched  via location or by topic.

 “Hometown  Teams: How Sports Shape America” is part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), state humanities councils across the nation and local host institutions. To learn more about “Hometown Teams” and other Museum on Main Street exhibitions, visit


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