New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame Expands Collection

With the help of its summer staff, the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame added 148 artefacts such as, art, sports cards, and trophies to the permanent collection in 2022..  Many of the artefacts are currently on display in the museum.  The museum is honoured to have items donated by Fredericton born Canadian Paralympic swimmer Danielle Dorris.  Danielle won a silver medal in the S7 100m backstroke at the 2020 Summer Paralympics and won gold in the S7 50m butterfly in a world record time at the 2020 Summer Paralympics.

Share Your Favorite Artifacts with ISHA

As a way to get to know the ISHA board members a bit better, the social media team has undertaken the task of showing more objects from each of their own institutional collections.  We would like to extend that invitation to the rest of our membership!

Each week, an individual from ISHA’s member organizations will highlight their personal favorite artifact and tell its story.  Accompanying the photo(s) of that item will be a paragraph or two describing what the object is and why it is significant. We’ll be sharing them from our social platforms on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Would you like to tell everyone about a special piece in your organization’s collection?  Have a cool story to tell about someone and an object that helps to tell that story?  We would love to share it!  Please send your photos and a brief description to Jeffrey Cottrell at [email protected] so we can highlight your favorite artifact!

Digital Transitions 2022 Highlights

It’s been an exciting year for the Digital Transitions team as we have continued to provide end-to-end digitization solutions and services to a vast number of different institutions and industries. In 2022 we:

    • Attended and presented at the 2022 ISHA Conference in Green Bay, WI
    • Installed digitization equipment at over 55 institutions domestically and internationally, including at the NASA, Iron Mountain, Broadcast Solutions Middle East, the US Marine Corps, The Smithsonian Institution, Disney, Bonhams, Sony Picture Entertainment, The Swiss National Library and University of West Australia
    • Digitized 3-dimensional telephones, phone booths, and related paraphernalia for the Verizon corporation
    • Conducted a programmatic full-scale digitization operation for the entire Cape Cod Museum of Art Fine Art and Sculpture Collection
    • Concluded a multi-year film and glass plate negative collection digitization project for the Estonian National Archives that included an AI implementation to enhance descriptive metadata.
    • Implemented Artificial Intelligence (AI) image and text analysis as well as OCR for printed and handwritten text for The HistoryMakers organization and a number of other institutions

And much, much more….

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Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame Inducted 2022 Class on November 19

The Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame’s 2022 Induction Night took place on Saturday, November 19th at the Halifax Convention Centre. This year the NSSHF enshrined the following inductees: Olympic snowboarder and Canadian Champion Sarah Conrad, NHL player and Stanley Cup winner Jon Sim, three-time Paralympic medalist and two-time World Champion sailor Paul Tingley, the 1994 Dalhousie Women’s CIAU-Championship-winning soccer team, CIAU-Championship-winning hockey coach Tom Coolen, and Olympic paddling coach Csom Latorovszki.

Induction Night was attended by an audience of more than 600 people—a record turnout for recent years—and the event was broadcast live by Eastlink Community TV. A recording of the broadcast can be viewed here:

Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame Develops Renderings of Facility Rebuild

The Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame (NSSHF) is in the process of constructing a brand-new Hall of Fame facility in a familiar old location, and has completed preliminary renderings of the new design.

After closing its previous home adjacent to the Scotiabank Centre in fall 2020, the NSSHF has negotiated a new lease with landlord Armco Capital, and will return to its old location after undertaking significant renovations to build a bigger and better Hall of Fame museum.

The rebuild will increase square footage by up to 50%, and improvements will include:

  • Memorable and comprehensive inductee section
  • Impactful and educational exhibits
  • Dynamic and interactive games
  • Modern theatre/programming space
  • Onsite and visible storage to preserve and showcase Nova Scotia’s treasured sport artifacts
  • Meeting space
  • Improved visitor amenities
  • A welcoming and accessible space for all

Take a virtual walk-through of the re-imagined space by watching this video

And see more renderings by Harvey Architecture in the NSSHF’s Capital Campaign booklet

San Francisco 49ers Unveil “The Long Game”

An Exhibit About Social Justice, Equity in the Context of Professional Sports

The 49ers Museum presented by Foxconn Industrial Internet opened its newest exhibit last month just ahead of the team’s annual Inspire Change game, which follows the NFL’s initiative to ensure a more equal and just future. “The Long Game” takes visitors on a journey spotlighting five historical moments in the Bay Area where sports intersected with national movements for change. This is the first exhibit of its kind in the NFL.

The exhibit openly explores critical social issues such as sexism, housing, and racial discrimination. These stories include Willie Mays and the housing discrimination in San Francisco; Tommie Smith and John Carlos’ silent gesture on the Olympic podium; ‘Sexism and Equal Opportunity’ as told through Brandi Chastain and female coaches who have broken gender barriers and finally; Colin Kaepernick’s iconic protest that pushed the conversation about anti-Black racism on a global scale.

With this exhibit, the 49ers Museum hopes to spur discussion and action to combat discrimination and inequality around the Bay and across the globe. The team plans to integrate this exhibit with the 49ers Foundation’s 49ers EDU STEAM education program to teach local youth about these important cultural histories.

“The Long Game” gallery achieves the powerful storytelling through a combination of unique artifacts, graphics, and video footage capturing the iconic moments. CambridgeSeven, who designed the 49ers Museum’s original exhibit galleries and EDU Center, worked closely with the museum curators, educators, athletes, coaches, and advocates to craft the new exhibit.

Since the exhibit opening in December, the Museum has received rave reviews from students and visitors alike.