CHIPLEY - A new exhibit is hitting the library just in time for ball season.

Washington County Public Library, in cooperation with Florida Humanities Council, is currently displaying a Smithsonian traveling exhibit called "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America."

The exhibit will be on display at the library, 1444 Jackson Ave., through Nov. 9.

"We are very pleased to be able to bring ‘Hometown Teams’ to our area," Library Director Renae Rountree said in a statement. "It allows us the opportunity to explore this fascinating aspect of our own region’s sports history and we hope that it will inspire many to become even more involved in the cultural life of our community."

The library is one of six in the state to receive the traveling exhibit as a part of the Museum on Main Street program - a national, state and local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations.

The exhibit tells the sports industry's story as it has impacted and shaped American history.

From sports legends to landslide victories, the exhibit captures more than 100 years of sports, reflecting "the trials and triumphs of the American experience," a library news release stated. "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."

"Allowing all of our state’s residents to have access to the cultural resources of our nation’s premiere museum is a priority of the Florida Humanities Council," Steve Seibert, Executive Director, stated in the release. "With this special tour, we are pleased to be working with the Washington County Public Library to help develop local exhibitions and public programs to compliment the Smithsonian exhibition."

To learn more about Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape and other Museum on Main Street exhibitions, visit