Hometown Teams exhibit graphic

September 9, 2020 – October 2, 2020

Hometown Teams
examines the many roles that sports play in American society. Hometown sports are more than just games–they shape our lives. They unite us and celebrate who we are as Americans. We play on ball fields and sandlots, on courts and on ice, in parks and playgrounds, even in the street. From pick-up games to organized leagues, millions of Americans of all ages play sports. And, if we're not playing sports, we're watching them. Made possible by Humanities Washington and Museum on Main Street.

Renton's Sporting Triumphs exhibit graphic

Opens September 9, 2020

Did you know that Renton has produced star NFL players? Did you know we had a girls' basketball dynasty in the 1920s? To accompany the Smithsonian exhibit Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America we've taken a deep dive into Renton sports history to unearth some of the forgotten and most fascinating stories. Come learn the amazing stories of almost-Olympians, super human three-sport athletes, and tenacious sports trailblazers. The current pandemic has taken sports away from us and we are taking the time to think about what sports mean to Renton.

People of the InsideDuwamish Native American Jennie Moses, ca. 1907Generously funded by 4Culture, People of the Inside tells the story of the Duwamish before and after White settlers came to Renton. Become acquainted with the Moses family, the last Duwamish to live on their ancestral land of the banks of the Black River, and learn about the Duwamish today. The exhibit features all new artifacts and photographs to better illustrate Renton's Duwamish history.


Early Industries ExhibitsThree coal miners underground in Renton Coal Mine, early 1900sRenton Co-operative Coal Company tells the unique story of a group of miners in Renton who came to this country searching for better lives. The second exhibit features two of Renton's other early industries and the people who built them: Denny-Renton Clay & Coal and Pacific Car & Foundry (PACCAR). The exhibits were created with grant funding from 4Culture. 

Sustaining A City
Frisch's Lighthouse Drive-In menu, ca. 1940

Come learn about Renton’s unique growing, cooking, and eating traditions. Renton citizens have shared our foodways, from Duwamish fishing and gathering through German bakeries and Italian wine-making to chain restaurants and supermarkets. Sustaining A City helps the visitor understand how sharing food has bridged differences between diverse people.

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