Hometown Teams exhibit seeks community support

Pictured is the inaugural Waterloo Hi Fi’s independent semi pro basketball team in 1956, front row, from left: Willard Sims, Ray Jung, Buddy West, Nelson Wolf, Sonny West and Vernell Moehrs; back row: Bud Knoke, Wilbert Degener, Lou Metzger, Bill Schmidt, Merv Rodenberg, Roy Henke, Carl Nobbe and coach George Ziebold. The team averaged 100 points per game scoring during its existence from 1956 through the 1963- 64 season, playng to mostly sold out crowds inside the old Waterloo High School gym. (submitted photo)

The latest Smithsonian traveling exhibit is coming to the History Museum of Monroe County in Waterloo and other local places this summer, and the committee tasked with presenting the event is asking for community support to help make it happen.

The new exhibit is titled “Hometown Teams,” and will showcase the evolution of team sports throughout the country over the years.

A local exhibit to be displayed in conjunction with the Smithsonian effort is titled “From Fields to Dreams,” and will highlight the rich history of sports in Monroe County over the past 100 years.

This local display will be accomplished using various presentations, events and exhibits throughout the duration of the “Hometown Teams” exhibit (July 26 through Sept. 7).

Among the planned presentations include a vintage baseball game played in Waterloo and panel discussions involving some of the county’s most prolific athletes and coaches over the years.

Expenses will be incurred for transportation of the Smithsonian exhibit and for construction, set-up and display of local exhibits — which will include artifacts gathered from the community.

Costs will also be incurred in the design and printing of a color booklet to be distributed throughout the area in an effort to promote this event.

The Hometown Teams Planning Committee is hoping to secure sponsorships and advertising from local businesses and organizations to help cover the costs of this booklet.

Several options are available to be included in this booklet, depending on your level of financial support. One option includes the sponsorship of a team photo of your choosing in the booklet.

For more information on ad sizes and specifications, contact Julie Yeager at 314-406-5668 or jyeager416@gmail.com.

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