KDM announces Patrick Armstrong as newest president

Patrick Armstrong has been named the newest President of the Kentucky Derby Museum, the fifth person to hold the title in the Museum’s 30 year history.  Armstrong comes to the Museum from the Kentucky Derby Festival where he spent the last 20 years, most recently as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Development. His tenure officially began Aug. 10, as he replaces the retiring Lynn Ashton. We welcome Patrick to our team!

September is Membership Month at the Kentucky Derby Museum

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Kentucky Derby Museum and to thank our loyal supporters, the Kentucky Derby Museum has dedicated the month of September as Membership Month. September will be a month full of fun and exclusive activities just for our Museum members! Museum members can earn a $5 gift card that is good for all of the Museum, including the Derby Café by referring a friend, family member or someone they feel would enjoy membership to the one and only Museum dedicated to the Kentucky Derby. As a perk for your referral, the new membership will start at just $40! Many fun events planned, including Night at the Racing, Night at the Museum and a special trip to Lexington!

Derby wardrobes from Victor Espionza, Monte Durham and Camille Anderson now on display at KDM

Exhibits around the Museum have recently been updated with wardrobes from well-known figures. Two-time defending Kentucky Derby winning jockey Victor Espinoza has loaned his pants from his most recent Derby victory aboard American Pharoah to the Museum, and are now on display in the Winner’s Circle Exhibit. Monte Durham, Fashion Director for TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress, and Camille Anderson, an actress and model, each have their attires from the most recent Derby on display in the “It’s my Derby” exhibit. Come by today to see these awesome additions!

KDM hangs American Pharoah Triple Crown Championship banner in Great Hall

For the first time since opening its doors in 1985, the Kentucky Derby Museum added a Triple Crown Championship banner to the rafters of the Great Hall. Joining the owner’s silks from the 11 other Triple Crown Champions, American Pharoah owner Zayat Stables is now permanently enshrined among Thoroughbred legends like Seattle Slew, Secretariat and Affirmed. The banner was hung in a special ceremony inside The Great Hall Aug. 3, two days following American Pharoah’s latest win in the Haskell Invitational.

Dana Hart, President of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame was honored by the Tennessee Hospitality and Tourism Association as the Tourism General Manager of the Year during their Stars of the Industry awards gala on August 3, 2015 in Nashville, TN.  The Stars of the Industry awards are presented to individuals, companies and industry partners whose commitment to hospitality and tourism has improved the overall industry statewide.

The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame announced it’s 2016 Class of Inductees at the WNBA All-Star game on July 25th at the Mohegan Sun in Uncassville, CT.  The WBHOF has 33 inductees that has been associated with the WNBA.  The 2016 Class includes Sherri Coale (Coach),  June Courteau (Contributor), Joe Lombard (Coach), Jackie Stiles (Player), Bill Tipps (Contributor) and Natalie Williams (Player).  The WBHOF will also recognize the 1996 USA Olympic Team as Trailblazer of the Game.  The 2016 Induction Ceremony will be held on June 11, 2016 in Knoxville, Tn.

auctionWhether bidding on an item or providing an item to auction off at the 2015 ISHA Conference, your contributions are greatly appreciated. All of the proceeds from our annual silent auction go to the ISHA Founder’s Fund, which supplies grants to ISHA members to help attend the annual conference or to support a special project at a member institution.

So with the 2015 ISHA Conference fast approaching, think about contributing an auction item or package to support the Founder’s Fund.

Click here for the form to donate an item or package. 

IMG_6753The New England Patriots are living in rarified air reserved for a select few NFL teams. They have earned their status as NFL royalty. They walk on the proverbial red carpet.

Consequently, The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon underwent an offseason makeover.

When Malcolm Butler intercepted Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson on the goal line to secure a 28-24 Patriots win with 20 seconds left in Super Bowl XLIX, the Kraft family initiated plans to celebrate the team’s fourth world championship with a spectacular new Hall exhibit worthy of the team’s incredible accomplishments spanning the last 14 seasons.

The Patriots have now indisputably established an NFL dynasty. Consider that since 2001, they have claimed 12 AFC East titles, six conference championships and four Super Bowls wins. Three other NFL teams have won two Super Bowls since 2001 – half of the Patriots total.

So The Hall went to work this offseason. It gutted the old Hall of Champions and Fan Zone exhibits back in April and quickly replaced them with a more regal championship exhibit called, The Super Bowl Experience, which delves into all four Patriots championship seasons and tells the stories that made those titles possible.

IMG_7055After winning a fourth Super Bowl, the Krafts made the decision to refresh our championship exhibit gallery and they committed to making it something our fans would be proud of,” Hall executive director Bryan Morry said. “We think our guests will love the new gallery and its design.”

Hall guests will enter the exhibit to the voice of Pat Summerall announcing the Patriots as a team in Super Bowl XXXVI followed by the sound of a military jet flyover and corresponding fireworks. Upon entering, the gallery, four 18-feet-high Lombardi Trophy graphics will welcome fans into individual pods dedicated to each Super Bowl championship. The back side of those larger-than-life graphics will feature an iconic image from the games.

A 58-inch touch screen monitor is housed within each pod where visitors can watch Super Bowl and playoff highlights, review season storylines, see the trophy presentations, delve into the Super Bowl statistics and more.

Directly across from the pods is a 16-foot-by-nine-foot video wall that features 12 vignettes that share some of the more iconic Super Bowl stories dating back to 2001.

“Our guests will love the video wall made up of 16 screens that can show a single image across all 16 or break up into segmented images on some of the screens,” Morry said. “We took what we believe to be some of the critical stories and people associated with the team’s championships and highlighted them on this video wall. It really brings the space to life.”

Butler comes to life as well … sort of. The Super Bowl Experience also features an interactive area where The Hall guest can make the Super Bowl XLIX game-saving interception on the goal line just as Butler did. This area of the exhibit uses Kinect technology to sense the guest’s movement and when it’s time to intercept the pass, a camera snaps a picture which can then be sent to the guest by email for sharing with friends and family.

After making The Interception, fans get to celebrate with the four Vince Lombardi Super Bowl trophies and the championship rings.

“The trophies will no longer be encased but will sit behind a glass railing,” Morry explained. “Projected video of the Super Bowl celebrations will play behind the trophies, and the rings will live inside the railing with lighting that makes them sparkle.”

After one snaps a few photos with the trophies, the exhibit naturally ends with a Super Bowl parade. Guests can sit inside a makeshift duck boat and watch the throngs of fans on hand at a Super Bowl parade through Boston’s streets.

“We changed the duck boat experience so that guests would see the parade from the players’ perspective looking out from the boat at the screaming fans that come out in freezing February weather to show their support and appreciation for the team,” Morry added.

This new exhibit also shows its appreciation by honoring and celebrating the four Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots teams in a majestic new exhibit that not only improves the guest experience at The Hall, but also provides fans with a sense of pride and accomplishment. The only thing missing is an actual red carpet.

Maybe that will come if the Patriots secure a fifth title in the near future.

Looking to engage more deeply with stat-hungry sports fans, Comcast has begun to roll out integrated interactive Xfinity Zones in sports venues throughout the country. Working closely with representatives for Comcast, the Chicago Bears, and GMR Marketing, EDE Corporation’s craftsmen and project managers have developed what will become a new go-to spot at Soldier Field for Comcast. EDE provided in-house engineering, fabrication, graphics production, and turn-key installation to create the branded area in the concourse that provides a new and exciting place to go during sporting events and concerts. The Xfinity Zone is enhanced by wooden details using local Chicago-area wood and includes large graphics of the Chicago Bears players. The new venue provides charging stations for smart phones along with a massive interactive social media wall. It provides fans the opportunity to experience the new X1 Entertainment Operating System, as well as explore a live demo of Xfinity Home, Comcast’s home security and automation platform.

DESIGN: GMR Marketing

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The World of Little League® is the latest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s newest series, Images of Modern America. The book by local author Janice L. Ogurcak, with a Foreword by Congressman Tom Marino, was published on July 20, 2015, and uses 160 stunning images to illustrate the history of the largest youth sports organization in the world.

From its humble beginnings as a three-team sport in 1939 until today, Little League continues to build character and promote courage and loyalty. The World of Little League® Museum also has emerged as a world-class showcase for the largest youth sports organization on the planet. Among the items on display in this amazing museum are a Little League keystone patch taken to outer space, an astronaut’s suit, a piece of the Berlin Wall, updated safety equipment, and other artifacts that help to tell the history of the sport.

Little League graduates include doctors, actors, musicians, firefighters, Olympians, educators, writers, sports stars, and a president of the United States. Their stories and others can be found in this book and at the museum, which is adjacent to Howard J. Lamade Stadium, where the Little League Baseball World Series has been played every August since 1959.

Join the author for a book signing!

When: Saturday, August 22, 2015; 4 – 6 pm

Where: World of Little League Museum and Store

525 US-15, South Williamsport, PA 17702

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or online.

Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States.  Our mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America’s people and places.  Have we done a book on your town?  Visit http://www.arcadiapublishing.com.


About the Author of The World of Little League®

Janice L. Ogurcak grew up on a small family farm in Grantville, Pennsylvania, where she lived with her parents, Christian and Lillian Seaman, and two younger brothers, Thomas, and Daniel. She enjoyed reading, her pony Herman, and spending time with her grandparents, John and Mary Zimmerman and J. Riley Seaman. As a youngster, she helped with farm chores and was active in 4-H.

Ogurcak met her husband of 38 years, Richard, at Northern Lebanon High School where they both graduated in 1973. She attended Penn State University, main campus, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1977.

Prior to full-time employment at the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, a daily newspaper, she worked with the Vietnamese refugees who were housed at Fort Indiantown Gap. A journalist for the newspaper for 28 years, she wrote for the general news, education, police and court beats before being named Lifestyle editor. She served as an adjunct professor of communications at Lycoming College; and adviser for the Lycourier, the college’s newspaper, and for Iota Mu, Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity, a sorority on campus. She and her husband coached the college’s inline hockey team. She was a member of the American Business Women’s Association.

Ogurcak joined the Little League® International team in 2005 when she was named director of the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum. The museum underwent a $4.3 million renovation project and in 2013 was renamed World of Little League: Peter J. McGovern Museum and Official Store. Ogurcak then was named Director of Public Programming and Outreach, a position she enjoys because it involves promoting both the museum and Little League. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Sports Heritage Association.

A cancer survivor, Ogurcak is a member of the Little League Intentional Walkers who participate in the American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life.

She and her husband are parents of a daughter, Christiann, and son, Jesse, and are proud grandparents.

Ogurcak hopes that this work will bring back fond memories and inspire the telling of generational stories. It represents some of the best accomplishments/experiences from the first 75 years of the Little League program and she looks forward to seeing many more.

What lasting impact do you hope your book will leave?

I believe readers will return to their glory days if they played Little League or their interest will be piqued to learn more about the largest youth sport in the world. This book provides the opportunity to go behind the scenes to the world’s role in the development of the youth sport and organization of volunteers that arose from the dream of Little League’s founder, Carl E. Stotz.

Attending the International Sports Heritage Association’s 45th annual conference in October could make a dream come true on a variety of levels.

little league catchNot only will attendees have the opportunity to network with other museum professionals and corporate associates during the three-day conference, there will be 10 educational sessions, and a visit to Williamsport, Pa., world-famous as the home of Little League Baseball.


Although conference goers who played Little League may not have advanced to the Little League World Series, this conference will give them a chance to see the birthplace of the largest youth sports organization in the world AND provide the opportunity to complete a childhood dream of “making it to Williamsport.”

Lance Van Auken, executive director of the World of Little League Museum and Official Store, said, “We are pleased to host the conference and looking forward to providing former Little Leaguers and fans the opportunity to take some batting practice on the most famous youth baseball field in the world.”

Hosted by the World of Little League Museum and Official Store, one of the highlights of the evening activities will be the opportunity to hit on Lamade Stadium’s field, where the Little League Baseball World Series is played every August. The museum sits at the top of the hill on the Little League International Complex, above the dormitories in the Dr. Creighton Hale International Grove and both Lamade and Volunteer stadiums, where the last 56 Little League Championship Tournaments have been played.

Little League began in 1939 and the first World Series was held in 1947 about four miles from the current site, which opened in 1959.

Delegates to the conference can play under the lights at the stadium after touring the World of Little League Museum, which reopened in 2013 following a $4.3 million renovation project.  Three ISHA corporate members, Cambridge Seven Associates, Cortina Productions and Design and Production, Inc., were part of the project that updated the museum, which first opened in 1982.

Van Auken said Lamade Stadium is rarely opened in the off-season to the general public, particularly to organizations that are not involved with Little League. Special permission was granted so delegates can have the opportunity to play under the stadium lights.

The photograph above shows a mother and child playing catch on the field as part of a special opportunity in June. It was only the second time the general public was permitted to be on the field.

Can you pick out Bryan?

Can you pick out Bryan?

Adam P. Thompson, World of Little League Museum curator, found ISHA member Bryan Morry’s Little League roster in the museum’s archives. ISHA members attending the conference who played Little League may send Thompson their birthday, league, town and state and attempts will be made to find their rosters. The information may be sent to [email protected] between September 10 and October 15.

If rosters are found, copies will be presented to delegates during the ISHA Conference Oct. 21-23.