Museum on Main Street

As part of the Smithsonian Institution, Museum on Main Street (or MoMS), is a unique alliance of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, state humanities councils across the country and cultural organizations in small, rural communities to develop high quality exhibitions and humanities programs for small-town and rural America. One-fifth of all Americans live in rural areas and one-half of all U.S. museums are located in small towns. Museum on Main Street seeks to provide these institutions with access to resources they may not otherwise have and to assist them in making lasting improvements to advance their museums’ objectives. MoMS combines the prestige of Smithsonian exhibitions, the program expertise of state humanities councils, and the volunteerism and unique histories of small towns. Since it began in 1994, MoMS exhibitions have traveled to more than 800 communities in 43 states plus Guam.

Museum on Main Street’s exhibitions focus on broad topics of national history and give host museums the opportunity, with support from state humanities councils and guidance from the state scholars, to create their own educational programs, cultural activities and exhibitions that center on their local heritage. Consisting of freestanding kiosks, interactives, audio components and original objects, the exhibitions have been specifically designed to address the space and staffing constraints of small cultural institutions. Exhibition support materials and “how to” training workshops are provided to venues hosting the exhibitions.

Since 2001, the Mississippi Humanities Council has toured six MoMS exhibits including “Produce for Victory” (WWII America on the Home Front), “Key Ingredients” (America by Food), “Between Fences” (Boundaries, Borders and Bridges in America), “New Harmonies – Celebrating American Roots Music,” “Journey Stories” (Immigration, Migration and Settlement in America) and “The Way We Worked” (Work in America from the late 19th to late 20th centuries). Beginning in March 2016 MHC will host the newest MoMS exhibit, “Hometown Teams.”

Photos courtesy of Mississippi Department of Archives & History and Museum on Main Street.

Hometown Teams

Sports are an indelible part of our culture and community. For well over 100 years sports have reflected the trials and triumphs of the American experience and helped shape our national character. Whether it’s professional sports, or those played on the collegiate or scholastic level, amateur sports or sports played by kids on the local playground, the plain fact is sports are everywhere in America. The Hometown Teams exhibit will begin touring Mississippi in March 2016 and run throughout the year.

March 18 -- April 30
Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame, Jackson

May 5 -- June 26
Historic Natchez Foundation, Natchez

June 30 -- August 5
Amory Regional Museum, Amory

August 13 -- September 24
Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, Gulfport

October 1 -- November 12
Delta State University, Cleveland

November 19 -- December 31
Corinth Public Library, Corinth