Celebrating Girls’ and Women’s Sport in Iowa

Picture of nine women from the Forest City High School girls basketball team, 1918. Text overlay: Every woman has a story - every girl has a voice. Iowa Women's Archives

Forest City High School girls basketball team, 1918.


6-on-6 Basketball and the Legacy of Girls’ and Women’s Sport in Iowa, an exhibition curated by UI American Studies/Sport Studies faculty and Iowa Women’s Archives staff , will travel to six sites in Iowa with the Smithsonian Institution’s Hometown Teams exhibition.

Funding for this exhibition was provided by the State Historical Society, Inc. and the University of Iowa Office of Outreach and Engagement.

Date Location Contact Information
March 17-April 29, 2018 Mount Vernon For information about exhibition hours and event in Mount Vernon, go to http://visitmvl.com/.
May 5-June 17, 2018 Ottumwa
June 23-August 5, 2018 Guthrie Center
August 11-September 23, 2018 Jefferson
September 29-November 11, 2018 Ames
November 17, 2018-January 1, 2019 Conrad


Saturday, April 21, 10-10:30am
Gallery Talk: Remembering 6-on-6
Mount Vernon First Street Community Center

  • Learn more about this touring exhibition that tells the story of 6-on-6 girls’ basketball in Iowa.


Saturday, April 21, 10am-6pm
Sunday, April 22, 12pm-4pm
Collecting Girls’ and Women’s Sport Histories in Iowa
Mount Vernon First Street Community Center

  • Come and tell us your story and share your photos and memorabilia with the Iowa Women’s Archives.


Wednesday, May 9, 2018, Noon-1pm
6-on-6 Girls’ Basketball in Iowa: Stories from the Iowa Women’s Archives and Beyond
Iowa City Public Library


Kären Mason, Curator, Iowa Women’s Archives
Jennifer Sterling, American Studies Dept., University of Iowa

  • Learn about the history of 6-on-6 basketball, hear stories of girls who played it, and reflect on its significance for girls and women across Iowa. Bring your own stories, photos, and memorabilia of 6-on-6 to share.


Tuesday, May 15, 2018 
Remembering 6-on-6 Girls’ Basketball in Iowa: A Conversation
Shambaugh Auditorium, University of Iowa Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries spring Friends event
Free and open to the public.
RSVP by May 9th:  lib-friends@uiowa.edu or 319-335-6093

Join us for a conversation with three women who played 6-on-6 basketball as they share stories of their own experiences and the impact the game had on their lives, and reflect on the legacy of 6-on-6 basketball for girls’ and women’s sport more generally in Iowa.


Lisa Bluder, Head Coach, University of Iowa Women’s Basketball
Julie Goodrich Blake, Adel High School & Iowa State University basketball player
Shelley Lucas, Professor of Kinesiology, Boise State University
Susan Birrell, Moderator, Professor of American Studies/Sport Studies, University of Iowa

Help us preserve the history of girls’ and women’s sport in Iowa!

Julie Goodrich papers, Iowa Women’s Archives

Iowa has a rich history of girls and women participating in sports, thanks in part to 6-on-6 basketball. The Iowa Women’s Archives wants to make certain this history is not lost. Did you play 6-on-6 or 5-on-5 basketball? Did you play other sports–on a team or with friends and family? Did you cheer on your local team?

There are so many stories yet to be told. Please help us gather this important history.

We’re looking for:

  • Photos, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings
  • Letters, diaries, and reminiscences
  • Flyers and brochures
  • Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union yearbooks & printed material
  • Tournament programs–local district, state
  • Coaches’ records
  • Film, video, and audio of games and interviews
  • Fan memorabilia
  • And much more!

To share your story or donate materials, please contact us at 319-335-5068 or lib-women@uiowa.edu