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Heritage Museum in partnership with The Smithsonian hosts a FREE interactive day exploring the impact sports have on communities at The Legacy and History of Sports in Orange County

SANTA ANA, CALIF. – Goal! Homerun! Swoosh! Hole in one! People around the country are drawn to compete in sports and many others gather on the sidelines to cheer for their favorite athletes and teams. Nowhere do Americans more intimately connect with sports than in their hometowns. The community plays an integral part in developing pride in our local teams. Parents and coaches dedicated to helping children in our community become role models in society through the outlet of sports is a wonderful thing to celebrate!

Heritage Museum of Orange County is proud to be host the Smithsonian Institution’s “Hometown Teams” until September 30, 2017. In conjunction with the exhibit, we are hosting The Legacy and History of Sports in Orange County, a FREE event that is open to the public. The program will include sports organizations that do great work in the community and experts related that understand OC sports history. We will have a karate obstacle course, sports talk panels, boxing training, tennis demos, and much more! Mickey Hatcher, former LA Dodger great and Angels coach, will be in attendance to sign autographs and talk with guests. Additionally, we will show a documentary screening of “Day of Independence” with Academy Award winning director-actor Chris Tashima and actor Derek Mio in collaboration with Historic Wintersburg. Following our documentary we will show our feature film “The Sandlot” for our guests to enjoy.


WHEN:  Saturday, September 9, 2017, 11 a.m. -4 p.m. (panels and demonstrations)

Saturday, September 9, 2017, 6 p.m.- 10 p.m. (film showings)

WHERE: Heritage Museum of Orange County

3101 W. Harvard St. Santa Ana, CA 92704


Kevin Cabrera                                                                       Jamie Hiber

Heritage Museum of Orange County                               Heritage Museum of Orange County

714-540-0404, ext. 223/ 714-733-0709 cell                 714-540-0404, ext. 224/714-356-4018 cell                       

Heritage Museum of Orange County is a cultural and natural history center dedicated to preserving, promoting, and restoring the heritage of Orange County and the surrounding region through quality hands-on educational programs for students and visitors of all ages. For more information, visit

The Smithsonian Institution was founded in 1846 with funds from the Englishman James Smithson (1765-1829) according to his wishes “under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men.”

UPDATE: Historic Wintersburg joins the team for the traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibit, “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America”, for a limited six-week engagement, August 19 through September 30, 2017, at the Heritage Museum of Orange County, in Santa Ana, California. Read the press release here.

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