Events/Programs

The museum is hosting an exhibit called “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America”. This is a Smithsonian Museum Traveling exhibit, sponsored by Main Street Iowa, Main Street Ottumwa, Wapello County Historical Society and the Wapello County Supervisors.

The event will run May 5th through June 16th. The Smithsonian exhibit along with other local memorabilia, will be on display during this time in the museum. Entry to the exhibit is a free-will donation and all special events are free to attend. Exhibit open hours will be:

Tuesday: 2:00pm – 7:00pm

Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: Noon – 4:00pm

Thursday: Noon – 7:00pm

Special Hours: May 26th & June 9th, from Noon-7:00pm

hometown teams

Special Events for Smithsonian:

  • Saturday, May 5th from 11:00am – 1:00 pm:

    Exhibit Opening Party- hot dogs, cotton candy and popcorn provided

  • Thursday, May 10th 5:30pm – 7:30 pm:

    Dan Gable presents “Iowa Wrestling” and book signing from 5:30pm-7:30pm (presentation at Hotel Ottumwa Ballroom)

  • Thursday, May 17th 5:30pm:

    Speaker John Liepa presents “Iowa Baseball Card History”, at the Railroad Clubhouse (next to Museum/Amtrak station)

  • Thursday, May 24th 5:30pm:

    Speaker Rick Woten presents “Ottumwa Cycling Legend Orlando Stevens”, at the Railroad Clubhouse (next to Museum/Amtrak station)

  • Saturday, May 26th at dusk:

    Movie in the Park presents “Field of Dreams” at Ballingall Park (210 W Main St, Ottumwa)

  •  Thursday, May 31st at 5:30pm:

    Speaker Jennifer Sterling presents “History of 6 on 6 women’s basketball in Iowa” at the Railroad Clubhouse (next to Museum/Amtrak station)

  • Thursday, June 7th 5:30pm:

    Speaker Molly Myers Naumann presents “Ottumwa Architecture and Leisure Sporting” at the Railroad Clubhouse (next to Museum/Amtrak station)

  • Saturday, June 9th at dusk:

    Movie in the Park presents “The Blind Side” at Ballingall Park (210 W Main St, Ottumwa)

  • Thursday, June 14th 5:30pm:

    Speaker Rachelle Chase presents “Wonders, the Predominantly African American Baseball Team from the Nearby Mining Town of Buxton, Iowa” at the Railroad Clubhouse (next to Museum/Amtrak station)

For more information, please visit Main Street Ottumwa’s Facebook Page.

Other Links about our sponsors and the Smithsonian:

Museum on Main Street

Smithsonian USA

Main Street Ottumwa

Wapello County, Iowa

Iowa Economic Development Authority

Main Street Iowa

 


For additional events in the Ottumwa area, please click the link below.

Greater Ottumwa CVB