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Local museum partners with Smithsonian Institution

Cuero’s Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum has partnered with the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. to host a traveling exhibit, “Hometown Teams - How Sports Shape America.”

The public is invited for the ‘kick-off’ of the exhibit, which will be held on Wednesday, June 13 at 6 p.m. in the Wofford and Hamilton Rooms of the Friar-Thomas Community Facility Center, located on the Museum’s second floor.

Following the “kick-off” Grand Opening, festivities will then move to the George Bishop Park for a celebration “Tailgate Party” that will feature the many Cuero athletes and coaches that have contributed to Cuero’s renowned athletic legacy. Bill Blackwell, board member of the CTHM and long-time athletic supporter said, “We are honored and grateful for the many Hometown Heroes that will represent the largest and most prestigious gathering of elite athletes in the history of Cuero in one place at one time.”

Blackwell’s sentiments underscores the CTHM’s efforts to honor the multitude of Cuero’s athletes, coaches, band members, cheerleaders, parents and Booster Club members. He added, “This is an honor and privilege that we do not take lightly and on behalf of the CTHM board of directors, I would like to thank the many individuals that will be with us for the Grand Opening on Wednesday.”

Representatives from the Texas State Historical Association will also be in attendance, including the organization’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Frank de la Teja, and Board President, Sarita Hixon. Cuero’s CTHM joins several of the museum institutions around the state that were selected to partner with the Smithsonian Institution’s program, “Museums on Main Street.”

Selected in part by the many awards bestowed on CTHM over the past several years, CTHM continues to bring attention to Cuero’s efforts in the preservation of local history.

The Smithsonian describes the exhibition as, “A love of sports that begins in our hometowns. We play them on ball fields and sandlots, on courts and on ice, in parks and playgrounds, even in the street. From pick-up games to organized leagues, millions of Americans of all ages play sports. Win or lose, we yearn to compete and play another day.” Further describing America’s love of sports, the Smithsonian continues, “If we’re not playing sports, we’re watching them. We sit in the stands and root for the local high school team, or gather on the sideline and cheer on our sons and daughters as they take their first swing or score their first goal. Hometown sports are more than just games - they shape our lives and unite us and contribute who we are as Americans.”

Robert Oliver, CTHM board chairman remarked, “The Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum is honored to be working with the Texas State Historical Association in our selection to participate in the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibit program. Working together, the exhibition allows the CTHM to honor Cuero’s noted legacy in the state’s and national sports heritage.

The general public is invited and is reminded to “come cool and casual in your favorite sports attire and to be sure to bring your folding chair.” A Hometown Heroes autograph book will be available for all to sign. The official opening of the exhibition, hosted by the Cuero Chamber of Commerce and CTHM, will take place on Thursday, June 14 at 10:30 a.m. The exhibit is scheduled for display from June 14 to July 14, 2018 in the Wofford Room on the second floor of the Museum.

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