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North Georgia sports history wanted for Smithsonian exhibit coming to Fort Oglethorpe

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FORT OGLETHORPE, GA  (WRCB)  -- Fort Oglethorpe's 6th Cavalry Museum is readying for the Smithsonian Institute's traveling exhibit titled "Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America" in 2016, but they're now asking residents with longtime community ties to come forward with local sports history to be included in the upcoming event.

Museum Executive Director Chris McKeever is proud to have landed the exhibit in Fort Oglethorpe, which was selected as one of 12 sites across the state of Georgia this summer.

McKeever says she believes it was the Cavalry's Polo Grounds serving as home field for Chattanooga's two new fledgling vintage baseball teams that helped secure Fort Oglethorpe's winning bid for the event.

But there's plenty of work before the exhibit is unveiled May 7th.

McKeever is appealing to Georgians and Tennesseans with sporting ties to the North Georgia area to help them catalog, brainstorm and design local sports displays and biographies that will be included in the Fort Oglethorpe exhibit.

"  Our desire is to make sure that we tell the complete story for our region, " says McKeever. " And to do that, we need the community's help, we need to find out the sports stories that are here so that we can include them in our display."

An organizational meeting is set for noon Wednesday at Fort Oglethorpe's Park Place Restaurant.

If you'd like more information on the event or would like to submit local sports history to be included in the Smithsonian exhibit, visit the museum's website at www.6thcavalrymuseum.org    

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