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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 toured Iowa throughout 2018 with the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street Hometown Teams exhibition, with stops in Mount Vernon, Ottumwa, Guthrie Center, Jefferson, Ames, and Conrad. In 2019 the 6-on-6 basketball exhibition traveled to Grinnell and New Hampton, Iowa.

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

Help save 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

Read news stories about the exhibition and collecting efforts.

Current and upcoming events

EXHIBITION:  6-on-6 Girls’ Basketball and the Legacy of Girls’ and Women’s Sport in Iowa

June 26 – August 10, 2019

Carnegie Cultural Center
7 N. Water Avenue 
New Hampton, IA

Thursday, July 25, 2019     Carnegie Cultural Center

4:00-5:00 pm    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. 

5:00 pm               Gallery talk
Learn more about the history of girls’ basketball in Iowa at a gallery talk by exhibit curators Kären Mason (Curator, Iowa Women’s Archives) & Jennifer Sterling (Lecturer, University of Iowa American Studies Department).



Past events