Jim Pickett, Executive Director of the Sheridan Historical Society’s museum is shown holding a pair of Coach Larry Hobbs’ basketball sneakers which will be part of the Hobbs Era display in the new museum.
Jim Pickett, Executive Director of the Sheridan Historical Society’s museum is shown holding a pair of Coach Larry Hobbs’ basketball sneakers which will be part of the Hobbs Era display in the new museum.
Many residents of the Sheridan community are aware that the Sheridan Historical Society has purchased what used to be the old Hippodrome Theater and are converting it into a new museum. The present museum—located catty corner across the street from the Hippodrome building—is too small to accommodate all the materials that have been collected over the years and there is no display space available for special exhibits.
The new museum is expected to be open by late summer or early fall 2019. It will contain space for up to a half dozen permanent and rotating special exhibit alcoves depicting Sheridan’s history. One of the permanent alcove displays will be dedicated to the Larry Hobbs Basketball Era, roughly 1948 to 1962. Plans call for lots of pictures and lots of authentic basketball memorabilia.
The Society already has many items to be used in the Hobbs exhibit such as the shoes shown here but there is a belief that many of our residents may have other things in their possession that would make great additions to the display. With that thought in mind, the Historical Society would like residents to dig through their attics or look out in the garage and see if there are any Hobbs Era items that could be given to the Society outright or on a long-term basis for inclusion.
We are talking about items such as varsity letter jackets, player jerseys, score cards, signed basketballs, newspaper articles, pictures and other things of that nature. The items would need to be related to the Hobbs Era. Whenever known, displayed items will be given full donor credit.
If you have such items, or think you do, please bring the items by the present museum and talk with us about them. The museum is open on Tuesday and Friday afternoons from 1 pm to 4 pm and is located at 308 South Main Street in uptown Sheridan