By Tina Comeau
As far as summer jobs go, Lucas Jenkins would like to see his become busier.
And so would the people he works for.
Jenkins has been hired on as a summer student at the Yarmouth Town and County Sports Heritage Museum at 435 Main St.
He says there is so much to see and learn about inside the museum. Yet while there are days when visitors come by, other days go by without any visitors at all. He and the local sports heritage association would like to see this change.
Although the museum has been around for years, it hasn’t caught on with the locals as much as the local association – made up of volunteers – would like. But this certainly cannot be seen as a reflection of the contents of the museum. A lot of history is contained in this building.
Two walls are lined with the plaques, photos and descriptions of those who have been inducted annually into the Yarmouth sports hall of fame. Each year the public is invited to nominate individuals or teams they feel are deserving in the various induction categories.
There is sports memorabilia on display, some dating back decades, other items more recent.
There is an endless amount of photos of sports teams and athletes from years gone by.
Team jackets and jerseys are on display, along with trophies and awards.
“On my first day, I just walked around and learned so much about sports,” says Jenkins, much of which he wasn’t aware of. “I learned that boxing was huge in the 40s and 50s, gymnastics was really big.”
While Yarmouth prides itself today on being a hockey town, there was a time when baseball ruled the roost.
“The Gateways, of course,” Jenkins said. “But you would find teams like John’s Cove and Overton, small tiny villages, I thought that was really interesting.”
He says you could spend hours in the museum getting caught up on Yarmouth’s sports heritage.
While sometimes people tend to think of museums as places that only visitors from other areas go to, of course that’s not the case. Museums hold just as much (and often more) significance for locals.
People don’t have to pay admission to visit, although donations are welcomed. The hours of operation are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 1- 4 p.m. The museum is closed on Sundays.
“This place is definitely something worth having in this town,” Jenkins says. “Especially for kids my age, you come in and see how important sports has been to this area, it’s incredible.”
He says learning about Yarmouth’s sports past may inspire the next generation of athletes to push themselves even more.
“If they can see how the inductees and their peers are so proud to be in here, it might inspire them to further their goals,” he says.