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

This traveling exhibition curated by University of Iowa American Studies/Sport Studies faculty and Iowa Women’s Archives staff, will visit six sites in Iowa with the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street 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 Exhibition hours and event in Mount Vernon
May 5-June 17, 2018 Ottumwa Exhibition hours and events in Ottumwa
June 23-August 5, 2018 Guthrie Center Exhibition hours and events in Guthrie Center
August 11-September 23, 2018 Jefferson
September 29-November 11, 2018 Ames
November 17, 2018-January 1, 2019 Conrad

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 information & 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

Read news stories about the exhibition and collecting efforts.

Upcoming exhibition-related events:


GUTHRIE CENTER:

Friday, July 6, 1-3 pm  Mary J. Barnett Library, 400 Grand Street, Guthrie Center
Collecting Girls’ and Women’s Sport Histories in Iowa

Help preserve the history of girls’ and women’s sport in Iowa. Come tell us your story of any sport and share photos and memorabilia with the Iowa Women’s Archives.

Friday, July 6, 3 pm  Mary J. Barnett Library, Guthrie Center
6-on-6 Girls’ Basketball in Iowa: Stories from the Iowa Women’s Archives and Beyond

A talk by Kären Mason, Curator, Iowa Women’s Archives, & Jennifer Sterling, Lecturer, University of Iowa American Studies Department

AMES:

Saturday, October 6, 10 am-2 pm  Ames Public Library
Gallery Talk: Remembering 6-on-6
Collecting Girls’ and Women’s Sport Histories in Iowa

 

Videos of past events:

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

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

Tuesday, May 15, 2018  Shambaugh Auditorium, University of Iowa Main Library
Remembering 6-on-6 Girls’ Basketball in Iowa: A Conversation

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.

Panelists:
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

 

Past events:

Saturday, April 21-Sunday, April 22,  Mount Vernon First Street Community Center

Gallery Talk: Remembering 6-on-6
Collecting Girls’ and Women’s Sport Histories in Iowa

Thursday, May 31, Wapello County Historical Museum Railroad Clubhouse, Ottumwa

Remembering 6-on-6: A History of Girls’ and Women’s Sport in Iowa
A talk by Jennifer Sterling, Sport Studies Faculty, Department of American Studies, University of Iowa.

Saturday, June 16, Wapello County Historical Museum, Ottumwa

Gallery Talk: Remembering 6-on-6
Collecting Girls’ and Women’s Sport Histories in Iowa