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MassMusings, a podcast produced by the Massillon Museum to bring together art and history, has given listeners an inside look into the exhibits, artists and projects happening at the museum and in the community through interviews with featured guests.
Recognized by the Museums Association with an honorable mention award, MassMusings launched in March 2021 and has hosted 12 guests over two seasons. The latest episode features the Tiger Legacy documentation project and the photographer behind the project, Gary Harwood.
Harwood worked with the Massillon Museum on the original Tiger Legacy exhibition in 2012 and the subsequent version in 2015, which coincided with the publication of an award-winning catalog. Both were photographic documentations of the Massillon Washington High School football seasons and the community’s traditions.
A decade later, the project’s current iteration, Tiger Legacy: The Story Continues, is a continuation of the original exhibit and features photographs of Massillon Tiger players, traditions and special moments from the 2021 football season. The gallery is on view through July 10 in the Paul Brown Museum.
"The uniqueness of Massillon and the tradition that has lasted for 131 years leads to a distinct experience here that you can’t get anywhere else," said Harwood.
Originally asked to photograph the football boosters and the team, Harwood soon realized that there were many stories to be captured by looking at the fans. As he brought the project back for its 10th anniversary, he felt more strongly than ever that photographing the community, fans and parents best convey the importance of the sport, its players and the legacy of the program in the Massillon community.
"The community is the story here," said Harwood. "There are high schools everywhere. High school football is all over the country, everywhere, all the time. But there’s something about Massillon football, the community that supports Massillon football and the culture that has been built up."
Visit the Paul Brown Museum to see the Tiger Legacy exhibit this week, and listen to more episodes of MassMusings at www.massillonmuseum.org/massmusings.
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