Opening Night Tailgate
Oct
4
5:00 PM17:00

Opening Night Tailgate

Join us in downtown Ames for the opening night of the Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibit, “Hometown Teams” The Hometown Teams exhibit captures the stories that unfold on neighborhood fields and courts, and 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. 

This event is free and open to the public. Highlights of the evening: Free hotdogs, peanuts, and popcorn while they last, The Iowa State University Spirit Squad and Cy, marching band performances, rarely seen ISU memorabilia, Dan Gable memorabilia, 6-on-6 basketball display from the Iowa Women’s Archives, Story County High School displays, a history of sports in Story County, adaptive sports in Ames display, and Aperture: The Biennial Juried Photography Exhibit 2018 Theme: Community Sports

Hosting Locations: Octagon Center for the Arts, ISU Design on Main, Ames Historical Society, Ames Public Library, Little Woods Herbs & Teas. 

This a free community event sponsored by Ames Convention and Visitor’s Bureau community grant, Ames Tribune, City of Ames, Hunziker Realty, Hunziker Property Management. HCS Builders, Iowa State University Athletics Department, Mediacom, Wells Fargo Bank, and the Ames Chamber of Commerce.

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6-on-6 Basketball Gallery Talk and Collection Day
Oct
6
10:00 AM10:00

6-on-6 Basketball Gallery Talk and Collection Day

6-on-6 Basketball with the Iowa Women’s Archives – 
10-10:30am presentation - 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the end of 6-on-6 girls’ basketball in Iowa. To commemorate and reflect on this uniquely Iowan sport, the Iowa Women’s Archives and Sport Studies faculty in the Department of American Studies at the University of Iowa have collaborated to create a touring exhibition that tells the story of 6-on-6 basketball in Iowa and the girls and women that played it. The Gallery Talk will provide an opportunity to hear about the exhibition from one of its curators and to learn more about the artifacts it features.
10:30-2pm collection of stories and photos - Established in 1992, the Louise Noun – Mary Louise Smith Iowa Women’s Archives collects and makes available historical materials that tell the stories of Iowa women from all walks of life. In an effort to broaden its sport-related collections representatives from the Archives and Sport Studies faculty from the University of Iowa Department of American Studies are organizing a collection weekend. Please stop by to tell us your stories, ask questions about donating historical materials, or to donate documents, photographs, or other items related to 6-on-6 basketball or other sporting experiences. This event is free to the public sponsored by: the Ames Convention and Visitor’s Bureau community grant, Ames Tribune, City of Ames, Hunziker Realty, Hunziker Property Management. HCS Builders, Iowa State University Athletics Department, Mediacom, Wells Fargo Bank, and the Ames Chamber of Commerce.
Hosting Locations: Octagon Center for the Arts, ISU Design on Main, Ames Historical Society, Ames Public Library, Little Woods Herbs & Teas.

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More Than Just a Game, Discrimination in Sports in Iowa
Oct
9
7:00 PM19:00

More Than Just a Game, Discrimination in Sports in Iowa

Join the African American Museum of Iowa at the Ames Public Library for More Than Just A Game, A Smithsonian Hometown Teams Exhibit Speaker Series. Iowa’s athletes have long impacted their teams, communities and sports they played, but African Americans did so while facing off against more than just the opposing team. They fought for the right to equal treatment on and off the field. Highlighting people such as Iowan and Olympian Thomas Hill, Drake University athlete Johnny Bright and his effect on the football helmet, and members of the Buxton Wonders, Iowa’s Negro Leagues team. This program is free and perfect for everyone.
“Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America” is part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, state humanities councils across the nation, and local host institutions. Locally, the exhibit is sponsored by the Ames Convention and Visitor’s Bureau community grant, Ames Tribune, City of Ames, Hunziker Realty, Hunziker Property Management. HCS Builders, Iowa State University Athletics Department, Mediacom, Wells Fargo Bank, and the Ames Chamber of Commerce.
Hosting Locations: Octagon Center for the Arts, ISU Design on Main, Ames Historical Society, Ames Public Library, Little Woods Herbs & Teas.

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Dan Gable, "A Wrestling Life"
Oct
17
4:00 PM16:00

Dan Gable, "A Wrestling Life"

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A Smithsonian Hometown Teams Exhibit Speaker Series – Dan Gable - “A Wrestling Life,” community reception (Little Woods Herbs & Teas), presentation and Book Signing (Ames Public Library) - Wrestling legend Dan Gable will talk about the sport and his life, followed by a book-signing. His latest book, “A Wrestling Life: The Inspiring Stories of Dan Gable,” will be available for purchase. Gable is a retired Olympic wrestler and coach best known for his tenure as head coach at the University of Iowa where he won 15 NCAA team titles between 1976-1997.
1. 4-5:30 pm Community Reception – Little Woods Herbs & Teas (with h’orderves)
2. 6-6:45 pm Community Presentation – Ames Public Library 
3. 6:45- 7:30pm Book signing – Ames Public Library 

“Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America” is part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, state humanities councils across the nation, and local host institutions. This is a free community event sponsored by the Ames Convention and Visitor’s Bureau community grant, Ames Tribune, City of Ames, Hunziker Realty, Hunziker Property Management. HCS Builders, Iowa State University Athletics Department, Mediacom, Wells Fargo Bank, and the Ames Chamber of Commerce.
Hosting Locations: Octagon Center for the Arts, ISU Design on Main, Ames Historical Society, Ames Public Library, Little Woods Herbs & Teas.

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How Iowa Met Baseball, John Liepa
Oct
22
7:00 PM19:00

How Iowa Met Baseball, John Liepa

“How Iowa Met Baseball: The Myths, The History, The Players” with baseball historian John Liepa. This Smithsonian Hometown Teams Exhibit Speaker Series is a special presentation about the myths regarding the “invention” of baseball, the origins and evolution of the early game in the United States; how the Civil War played a role in accelerating the spread of the game; the very first mention of the game’s coming to Iowa in 1858, and how it caught on. Liepa’s extensive baseball memorabilia, including baseball cards, will also be on display prior to and during his 7pm presentation. This is a free community event. 
“Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America” is part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, state humanities councils across the nation, and local host institutions. Locally, the exhibit is sponsored by the Ames Convention and Visitor’s Bureau community grant, Ames Tribune, City of Ames, Hunziker Realty, Hunziker Property Management. HCS Builders, Iowa State University Athletics Department, Mediacom, Wells Fargo Bank, and the Ames Chamber of Commerce.
Hosting Locations: Octagon Center for the Arts, ISU Design on Main, Ames Historical Society, Ames Public Library, Little Woods Herbs & Teas.

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ISU Homecoming: A historic start to "Save the Girls"
Oct
24
6:00 PM18:00

ISU Homecoming: A historic start to "Save the Girls"

The first homecoming game at Iowa State was more than just a rivalry on the field, it was a bid to keep female students at the college in Ames! Hear the unusual history of this 1912 game and how it led to over 100 years in tradition. Also, get a look at some rarely seen before Iowa State memorabilia. A Smithsonian Hometown Teams Exhibit Speaker Series with Tom Kroeschell.
“Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America” is part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, state humanities councils across the nation, and local host institutions. Locally, the exhibit is sponsored by the Ames Convention and Visitor’s Bureau community grant, Ames Tribune, City of Ames, Hunziker Realty, Hunziker Property Management. HCS Builders, Iowa State University Athletics Department, Mediacom, Wells Fargo Bank, and the Ames Chamber of Commerce.
Hosting Locations: Octagon Center for the Arts, ISU Design on Main, Ames Historical Society, Ames Public Library, Little Woods Herbs & Teas.

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