The ISHA Conference is only two weeks away, if you haven’t already, there’s still time to register and join us! The ISHA Board is looking forward to welcoming everyone to Green Bay, WI at the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, located in legendary Lambeau Field. We learn better together, and the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame will be the perfect backdrop for delegates to learn best practices to help their museum grow and thrive in the future.

The digital handbook on Sched is your key to all things conference; connect with other delegates, view the full schedule of sessions and events, view a map of Lambeau Field and more. Use the link below to register for an account. Sign up with Sched

We’ve got many great sessions lined up, including starting a podcast, empowering women and girls through sport, brand and fan engagement and more! We’ll explore the Packers Heritage Trail and several local breweries on our pre-conference trip and cap off the conference with An Evening of Champions Banquet at Rockwood Terrace.

See you in Green Bay!

We’re getting excited for the ISHA Conference at the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame from September 27-29, 2022! If you haven’t already registered for the conference, make sure to do so by August 26th before conference rates go up.

The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, located in legendary Lambeau Field, is home to over a century of football history. Through immersive exhibits, high tech interactives, and a treasure trove of artifacts, the museum celebrates one of the most historic franchises in the National Football League. The Hall of Fame explores the legacies of some of the league’s most infamous players and coaches, honors great moments and memorable games, and details the unique structure of the Packers organization and its relationship with the community. The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame will be the perfect backdrop for delegates to learn best practices to help their museum grow and thrive in the future.

Register online today!

The 2022 ISHY Awards Application is now open to all members.  The ISHY Awards were created to recognize all levels of communications that our members have created to enhance or educate their sport or institution.

The Categories for the 2022 ISHY Awards are as follows:

  • Books, printed hard-cover or soft-bound
  • Non-Book Publications
  • Marketing Materials – including subcategories for a) Print Materials, b) Video/Audio Shorts, c) Social Media Account of the Year
  • Educational Programming – focus is on education through lecture series, curriculum-based programming, etc.
  • Hall of Fame Induction/Annual Event Support Materials
  • New Exhibit

Click Here for the 2022 ISHY Awards Form

The most important time on the International Sports Heritage Association’s calendar is the annual conference held September 27-29, 2022 at the The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame. Delegates from around the world will come together to learn/share best practices, meet new vendors, network, and share in the joy of representing the preservation and celebration of the world’s sports history. We invite you to take part in this year’s conference and benefit from its business opportunities.

2022 ISHA Sponsor Packet_FINAL-fillable

The ISHA annual conference is seeking proposals for conference sessions.

Do you have a project, story or educational topic that you think would be great for the conference? If so, click here to submit your proposal today.

 

Hello ISHA Members!

Below are the results of the 2021 Industry Survey sent out earlier this year. We had 26 responses in all, providing a glimpse into the state of the sports heritage industry within the ISHA Membership.

If you have any questions on this or other surveys, please feel free to reach out!

2021 ISHA Industry Survey Results

Best regards,

BETH ATLAS (she/her)
Senior Manager & Curator, 49ers Museum
San Francisco 49ers
T 408.562.4973  |  M 408.582.8251
SAP Performance Facility
4949 Marie P. DeBartolo Way
Santa Clara, CA 95054

The International Sports Heritage Association (ISHA) announced during its virtual conference last week that a new Executive Administrator was hired for the association. The previous Executive Director, Karen Bednarski, announced she was stepping down to pursue other interests this past summer. After an exhaustive search by the executives on the board, we are happy to announce the hiring of Shane Mailman.

“We would like to thank Karen for her experience and support over the last 16 years.” said Dana Hart, ISHA President, “Karen has given ISHA a solid foundation and we are confident that Shane will do a wonderful job in continuing that success.”

Shane Mailman has been in the sport heritage industry for over half of his life. Living in Nova Scotia, Canada, Shane is currently the Director of Programs and Operations at the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame. He has been with the NSSHF for 24 years and has been involved in all aspects of the organization including management of the facility, museum, collections, programming, fundraising, event planning, and more. Shane has served on the ISHA board for the past three years and is the current president of the Canadian Association for Sport Heritage and has a long history working with boards and not-for-profits. Shane has stepped down from serving the ISHA board to serve as the associations Executive Administrator effective immediately.

With a passion for sport and preserving its history, Shane would like to share that he is, “excited to start this position with ISHA and continue to grow the organization. Karen Bednarski and the ISHA board have done a fantastic job over decades making ISHA the number one sport heritage organization in the world. To be involved in continuing this tradition, to work with and meet so many like-minded people, and to have members that are connected to some of the greatest sport franchises, moments, and athletes of all time, is truly an honor. I look forward to working with all of you and I can’t wait to get started!”

Shane Mailman can be reached at [email protected] for any of your ISHA needs.

ISHA Presents Annual Awards

Richard Johnson to receive ISHA’s Legacy Award

Richard A. Johnson, native of Worcester, MA, receives ISHA’s Legacy Award during its annual conference hosted virtually by the International Tennis Hall of Fame on October 27 and 28.

ISHA created the Legacy Award in 2018 to recognize an individual or organization located in the geographical area of the annual conference to provide an opportunity for the host to honor a local sports heritage contributor.

Johnson graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, ME where he was a member of the varsity cross country and indoor track teams. Johnson’s degree in Art History and passion for sports launched him into a successful and celebrated career. Since 1982, Johnson has served as Curator of the Sports Museum at TD Garden in Boston, MA when he joined as the museum’s first employee.

During his time at the Sports Museum, Johnson has curated exhibits on diverse topics including “Women in Sports, Insights from Her Past”, “Rocky Marciano, The Rock of His Times”, “Stylianos Kyriakides, The Human Race”, “Boston’s Braves 1876-1952”, “Fenway Park, From Duffy’s Cliff to the Green Monster”, “The World Cup” (in collaboration with The British Council), “The Sports Photographs of Leslie Jones”, among others.

In addition to his successful career at the Sports Museum, Johnson has authored or co-authored twenty-three books and served as a consultant on projects featuring The Boston Celtics, New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, Cambridge Seven Associates, WGBH (local radio station in Boston), ESPN, HBO, and The Boston Museum of Science.

“For more than 40 years, Richard Johnson has served as the gatekeeper for the rich legacy of New England sports. His encyclopedic knowledge, finely crafted books, and generosity of spirit has enabled generations of New Englanders to embrace the sports legacy of New England. The Legacy Award is yet another well deserved recognition for Richard in an accomplished career serving as the steward for New England’s unparalleled sports tradition”.

Douglas Stark, Museum Director, International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Michael Gibbons to receive ISHA’s Schroeder Award

ISHA is excited to announce that Michael Gibbons with the 2021 Schroeder Award.  The W.R. “Bill” Schroeder Award is presented periodically and is the highest honor presented by ISHA.

Mike is a native Baltimorean and worked on a project to revitalize the Babe Ruth Birthplace, and in 1983 became its Executive Director.

Under Mike’s guidance, the Birthplace expanded its theme to include the Baltimore Orioles, Colts and Ravens, the Maryland Terrapins, and the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame. To house the expanding collection, the museum opened Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards, a virtual state sports museum, in 2005. Mike stepped down as executive director in 2017, but continues to work with the museum on exhibits, programming, media relations and the collection.

During his 38-year tenure at the museum, Mike has enjoyed a wide range of speaking appearances on Babe Ruth and Maryland sports including the Today Show, MLB Network, ESPN, Comcast, the National Baseball HOF, and local SABR chapters in Baltimore, Washington and NY.

“Those who inspire to be a leader can look at Mike’s career and dedication in raising and profiling sport within Maryland. His love and passion for sport and Babe is evident in every talk he gives. I want to congratulate Mike for this well-deserved award!”

Dana Hart, ISHA President

ISHY Awards

The ISHY 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.

2021 ISHY Award Winners

Category B. Non-Book Publication (Under $250K)
Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame – Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2020 Program

Category B. Non-Book Publication (Over $250K)
San Francisco 49ers, 49ers Museum Longform Series: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Category C. Marketing Materials – print materials (Over $250K)
USGA- Golf House Pinehurst

Category C. Marketing Materials – video/audio shorts (Under $250K)
National Polish American Sports Hall of Fame-NPASHF “About Us” video

Category C: Marketing Materials – video/audio shorts (Over $250K)
World of Little League® Museum and Official Store – Anderson (Gary, Ind.) Little League: The First All-Black Little League World Series Team

Category C. Marketing Materials – Social Media Account of the Year
Negro Leagues Baseball Museum – Tip your Cap Campaign

Category D. Educational Programming
The Patriots Hall of Fame presented by Raytheon Technologies – Patriots Hall of Fame virtual education program

Category E. HOF Inductions and/or Annual Event Materials (Under $250K)
Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame – Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2020 Televised Special

Category E. HOF Inductions and/or Annual Event Materials (Over $250K)
Motorsports Hall of Fame of America – 2020 MSHFA Inductee Display Cases

Category F. New Exhibit (Under $50K)
Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum – Canadian Open Host Golf Club Exhibit

Category F: New Exhibit (Over $250K)
The Museum at the International Tennis Hall of Fame – Breaking the Barriers: The ATA and Black Tennis Pioneers

Category F. New Exhibit (between $50K-$250K)
Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame – Prairie Pride: A History of Saskatchewan Football

Category F. New Exhibit (Over $250K)
Northern Light Productions – Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame