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Iowa Women's Archives

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 is touring 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.

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 lib-women@uiowa.edu.

Read news stories about the exhibition and collecting efforts.

Upcoming events

August 11 – September 23, 2018
Jefferson, IA

Welcome Center
Thomas Jefferson Gardens
201 E. Lincoln Way
Jefferson, IA  50129
More info:  Hometown Teams in Jefferson

Events

  • Saturday, September 15, 1pm
    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
  • Saturday, September 15, 2-4pm
    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.
September 29 – November 11, 2018
Ames, IA

Ames Public Library
515 Douglas Avenue
Ames, IA  50010
More info:  Hometown Teams in Ames

Events

  • Saturday, October 6, 10am-2pm
    Gallery Talk: Remembering 6-on-6
    Collecting Girls’ and Women’s Sport Histories in Iowa
November 17, 2018 – January 1, 2019
Conrad, IA

Past events

Friday, July 6, 2018
Guthrie Center, IA

Mary J. Barnett Library
400 Grand Street
Guthrie Center, IA 50115

Events

  • Friday, July 6, 2018, 1-3pm
    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, 2018, 3 pm
    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
Saturday, June 16, 2018
Ottumwa, IA

Wapello County Historical Museum
Ottumwa, IA

  • Gallery Talk: Remembering 6-on-6
  • Collecting Girls’ and Women’s Sport Histories in Iowa
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Ottumwa, IA

Wapello County Historical Museum
Railroad Clubhouse
Ottumwa, IA

  • 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
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Iowa City, IA

Shambaugh Auditorium
University of Iowa Main Library
Iowa City, IA

VIDEO: 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
Wednesday, May 9, 2018, Noon-1pm
Iowa City, IA

Iowa City Public Library
Iowa City, IA

VIDEO: 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
Saturday, April 21 – Sunday, April 22, 2018
Mount Vernon, IA
Mount Vernon First Street Community Center

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