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Sports bring people together!

Many people cheer for the team in their own backyard because it connects them with their neighbors. Game Faces explores the reasons for the immense popularity of sports, particularly the role games have in creating community among people who often don't have much in common.

Game Faces features objects from famous Kansas sports figures, and gives the backstory on 8-man football, Kansas Olympians, rodeo competitions, and other traditions.   There's something for every sports fan.

This online exhibit is divided into six sections, plus an audio tour. Click on the first link below to embark on your tour, or visit them in any order.

  1. Introduction - There's no "I" in "Team"
  2. Our Town - Cheering on the home team
  3. Our Team - Fan is short for fanatic
  4. Our World - Sports make the world a little smaller
  5. Our Traditions - Some games reinforce our roots
  6. Our Friends - Socializing can be as important as competition

Play Ball!

Test your knowledge of small town baseball in our interactive guessing game, Play Ball!

Audio Tour

Listen to the curators' Game Faces audio tour online or download it to your mp3 player!

Game Faces: Kansans in Sports is an online exhibit developed by the Kansas Museum of History.
Contact us at kshs.kansasmuseum@ks.gov