American Alliance of Museums gives highest national recognition after lengthy process

CANTON, OHIO – The Pro Football Hall of Fame, after a stringent review process, has achieved accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition afforded the nation’s museums.

Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, to governments,funders, outside agencies, and to the museum-going public. Alliance Accreditation brings national recognition to a museum for its commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards and continued institutional improvement.

Developed and sustained by museum professionals for over 45 years, the Alliance’s museum accreditation program is the field’s primary vehicle for quality assurance, self-regulation and public accountability. It strengthens the museum profession by promoting practices that enable leaders to make informed decisions, allocate resources wisely, and remain financially and ethically accountable to provide the best possible service to the public.

The Hall of Fame joins a list of just over 1,070 of the estimated 33,000 museums (a mere 3%) in the United States to earn AAM accreditation.

“The accreditation from our peers in the museum industry validates that the entire team at the Hall of Fame demonstrates professional excellence daily that aligns with our important mission to honor the heroes of the game, preserve its history, promote its values and celebrate excellence everywhere,” stated Pro Football Hall of Fame President David Baker.

“I commend Executive Director Joe Horrigan, the entire dedicated staff and the leadership provided by our Board of Trustees at the Hall who’ve been working for years to achieve this historic distinction.”

To earn accreditation, the Pro Football Hall of Fame first had to go through a lengthy and rigorous process that included Core Document Completion and Verification, a year of self-study, and then undergo a site visit by a team of peer reviewers.

“Accredited museums are a community of institutions that have chosen to hold themselves publicly accountable to excellence,” said Laura L. Lott, Alliance president and CEO. “Accreditation is clearly a significant achievement, of which both the institutions and the communities they serve can be extremely proud.”




2017 ISHY winners announced

The International Sports Heritage Association (ISHA) is pleased to announce its 2017 Communication Award winners. The eight winners were presented the ISHY trophy Oct. 19 during the Evening of Champions dinner at the group’s annual conference hosted by the Woman’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn.

The St. Louis Cardinals’ winning entry of their book titled St. Louis Cardinals, Uniforms and Logos – An Illustrated History was also voted upon by conference attendees as the “Best in Show” overall winner.

The Communication Awards program was established to provide recognition for excellence in publications by all member sports museums, halls of fame or sports heritage organizations, regardless of size or budget, based upon a competition evaluated by ISHA members and communications professionals.

The 2017 ISHY winners are:

  • Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame – St. Louis Cardinals, Uniforms and Logos – An Illustrated History
  • National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame – 44th Annual Induction Banquet Program
  • Negro Leagues Baseball Museum – 2016 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program
  • World Golf Hall of Fame – The Tower Magazine
  • Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame – Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame Rack Card
  • Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame – Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame Activity Booklet
  • World Golf Hall of Fame – Celebrate Golf’s Greatest Legends
  • BC Sports Hall of Fame – The Importance of the BC Sports Hall of Fame