Lynn Meadows Discovery Center in Gulfport, Mississippi successfully incorporated the Stories from Main Street (SfMS) project into their WINGS performing arts program while also collaborating with elementary and middle school students. Overall, almost 200 participants helped to create the film “The Making of a Mississippi Athlete” based on interviews which they conducted with athletes across an array of sports. Inspired by the exhibition Hometown Teams, they also produced a sports themed performance which premiered in April 2016, featuring a wonderful rendition of "Casey at the Bat." The finished documentary film was shown during the exhibition of Hometown Teams in August 2016.
Five dedicated young women participated in Stories from Main Street at the Heritage Museum and Cultural Center in the St. Joseph-Benton Harbor, Michigan area over the summer. The program has been dubbed Youth Ambassadors and staff at the Museum worked hard to meld SfMS with their collection needs. With a high value already placed on oral histories in their research library, the Museum collaborated with the Ambassadors to preserve the stories of five area locals.
Former and current residents of Broadway Lake share the history of sports and community built on the shores and on the water.
This documentary was created by 5th graders from Wright Elementary School as part of a Stories from Main Street Youth Access Grant.
Muskogee, Oklahoma--the stomping grounds of Negro American League pitcher Nelson Dean and two-time Super Bowl champion Don Chandler--is a summer destination for our Hometown Teams exhibit.
"Either as a producer or interviewer, I believe that there are things to take from an interview that one will never be able to get from research. No newspaper article or news reel can compare to hearing the stories of success from the people involved in making that success happen. Meeting people and hearing their stories and their views of sports, from both inside the game as players and outside the game as coaches, is without a doubt, my favorite part of our documentary making."
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