UTPB was selected by the Smithsonian Institute to host an exhibit this fall and students are making preparations now for this first time exhibit.

According to NewsWest 9, the theme of the exhibit is "Museum on Main Street: Hometown Teams - How Sports Shape America."

“Obviously in West Texas we’re deeply committed to sports and it’s sort of embodied in high school football, but it’s well beyond that,” said UTPB Professor of history Dr. Derek Catsam.

The exhibit will not just focus on high school football, they will also be representing the rodeo which reflects the history of West Texas as a ranching community long before oil was discovered.

The art and history students are gathering data, interviews, pictures, and artifacts from residents and the libraries in Midland, Odessa, and Pecos to prepare for the exhibit.

"Museum on Main Street: Hometown Teams - How Sports Shape America" exhibit will begin October 13 and run through mid-November.