Past cheerleaders focus of museum’s final program on hometown sports

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On Sunday, Jan. 28, the Old Independence Regional Museum will be filled with a number of past cheerleaders from area high schools to celebrate their histories and hometown sports.

This museum program will also be the final opportunity to witness the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibit, “Home Town Teams: How Sports Shape America.” It will be taken apart and shipped back to Washington D.C. within days after this program.

Batesville’s Helen Musgrave has recruited 14 former cheerleaders to tell about their roles during the 1950s through the 1990s in generating excitement as they led local teams and the crowds with enthusiasm, acrobatic gymnastics, and the rhythmic cheers.

Cheerleaders from Batesville and Southside High will be represented, as will Lyon, Hendrix, ASU and the University of Arkansas cheerleaders. 

The program will be free and open to the public. It will begin at 2 p.m. Normal museum hours are: Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and $1 for children.  

The museum is located at 380 South 9th St., between Boswell and Vine Streets in Batesville.  

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