We get a lot of great stories submitted to our Stories from Main Street app. This recent story comes to us from a young man in Cozad, NE. He talks about the thrill of playing in a high school football tournament game and the birth of a new rivalry! Enjoy: A Rivalry is Born
The MoMS experience
often highlights the ways in which stories from all towns, organizations and
nations within America strengthen the story of the country as a whole. This past March, Lonnie Little Hoop of Alliance, Nebraska discussed
the unique facets of Lakota culture during
a New Harmonies program.
stories and culture were celebrated during Knight Museum and Sandhills Center’s
“Lakota Night at the Museum.” Lonnie Little Hoop opened the Lakota presentation
with a victory song, while his daughters danced in elaborate regalia. During
the celebration Little Hoop also shared his experience growing up as a young
Lakota in Alliance, NE, highlighting the prejudice he faced due to his cultural
heritage. The Nebraska Times-Herald reports; “For him, growing up as a minority
in the schools and township of Alliance was tough…when he was a boy, the
schools didn’t teach Native American history.” While Little Hoop admitted that
he and other Lakotas “got by by surviving,” he made sure to acknowledge the
progress of acceptance and equality that has developed throughout his lifetime.
We are enthralled by these powerful images, and are always thrilled when such meaningful
narratives arise from innovative programming.
Thank you to The
Knight Museum and Sandhills Center, and to Alliance Nebraska’s Times-Herald for
the detailed report and photographs from this event.
One of the things I most appreciate about working with Museum on Main Street is the opportunity we have to visit so many interesting places in the U.S. and to meet wonderful people from every corner of the country. In response to a question posed by our Publications office earlier this week, my MoMS Smithsonian-based colleagues Carol Harsh and Terri Cobb and I sat down to figure out just how many miles we had logged traveling this year for MoMS.
Can I get a drum roll, please? After Carol visits Indian Springs, Georgia next week, the three of us will have traveled 67,299 miles for MoMS in 2009. And, we got the chance to visit fascinating places big and small like Alliance and Omaha in Nebraska; Kodiak, Alaska; Kirksville, Missouri; Renton, Washington; Tuscumbia, Alabama; Berkeley Springs, Grafton, and Petersburg in West Virginia; Kingsland and Carrollton in Georgia; Hagatna and Asan in Guam; Sidney, Ohio; Sycamore and Chicago in Illinois; Austin, Texas; Indianapolis, Indiana; Lindsborg, Kansas; Clinton, Mississippi; Okmulgee, Oklahoma; Enderlin and Bismarck in North Dakota; Ocean City, Maryland; and Hanley Falls, Minnesota. We can't even begin to imagine how many additional miles our Federation of State Humanities Council colleagues, our state humanities council partners, and the exhibitions themselves traveled as part of this project. My math-challenged brain can't handle it. But, one thing is sure, we have the enormous privilege of serving and experiencing communities everywhere.
We're looking forward to visiting your state and meeting you during our travels in 2010.