Lights, Camera, Action! Thanks to a grant from the Smithsonian Institution, more than 250 5th graders from Belton Elementary, Honea Path Elementary and Wright Elementary schools in South Carolina have become documentary filmmakers as part of the Museum on Main Street exhibition Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America.
These students have been hard at work researching the history of local sports, diving into the collection of The Belton Area Museum Association for photographs and historic documents related to, among other topics, water sports at Broadway Lake, integration of local sports teams, Mill Baseball teams, and high school state championships. Local residents, Olympic athletes, professional baseball players and even a member of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (1944-1947) have been interviewed by students to produce a first-hand look at the ways sports have shaped Belton and vice versa.
The twelve documentaries (each 3-5 minutes in length) were researched and produced entirely by the students, with training and support from local educators, Belton Area Museum Association curator Alison Darby, Anderson School District Two Technology Coach Beth Dabney and Vic Aviles of Dead Horse Productions, LLC. This grant allowed Belton Area Museum Association to purchase equipment and software that will be used to continue to Belton area students in multi-media technology and historical research.
These video projects will be displayed alongside the Smithsonian exhibit, Hometown Teams, opening at the Belton Area Museum Association on June 7, 2015.