The International Sports Heritage Association (ISHA) and its Conference Committee has decided to transition our in-person conference, which was scheduled to be held at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island in October, to a virtual conference.

ISHA President Dana Hart said, “Although we were hoping to return to an in-person conference this year, due to the impact of the pandemic, it was determined a virtual conference would provide the best access to the greatest number of members.”

The International Tennis Hall of Fame will remain as the virtual host for “The Grand Slam”. The two-day virtual conference will be held on October 27 & 28 and offer a schedule of diverse sessions designed to engage all of our members.

The most important time on the International Sports Heritage Association’s calendar is the annual conference held in the fall. Delegates from around the world will come together, virtually this year, 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 virtual event and benefit from its business opportunities.

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My name is Andrew Stockmann and I am an Emerging Professional in ISHA. I wanted to introduce myself and my new project, Hallowed Ground: The Sports Museum Podcast!

Probably like many of you in ISHA, I have always been fascinated with the history of sports. Growing up, our family vacations were usually centered around visiting MLB stadiums and any surrounding sports museums. As a result, I’ve visited several large, nationally-recognized museums in large cities and smaller, more niche museums across the country. That love of sports led to me studying Sport Management at Wichita State University with the goal of a career in the sport industry. I graduated from WSU in the summer of 2020 and currently work for FarmHouse Fraternity as an Assistant Director.

While at Wichita State, I had the opportunity to attend the 2019 International Sports Heritage Association conference as an Emerging Professional, where I learned about the sports heritage industry. Attending the ISHA conference helped solidify sports heritage as the segment of the sport industry I wanted to pursue for my career. I thoroughly enjoyed networking with sport museum professionals, learning about topics such as preservation and outreach, and exploring the new Wichita baseball stadium!

I decided to start a sports museum podcast to continue to network within the industry and provide exciting content to sports history fans like myself. On Hallowed Ground, I bring listeners in-depth interviews with the men and women behind-the-scenes of sports heritage organizations, those who work in programming, curation, and membership development, to name a few. Episode One was with Ricardo Rodriguez from the Baseball Heritage Museum in Cleveland, OH, and Episode Two was with Justine Kaempfer, ISHA Board member and Museum Programs Assistant at the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in Green Bay, WI. More episodes are on the way!

I plan to release episodes bi-weekly, and I hope the podcast can be mutually beneficial, helping me and my listeners gain insight into sports heritage while also providing exposure to each museum. The podcast has been downloaded in eight countries!

You can find the podcast by searching “Hallowed Ground: The Sports Museum Podcast” on most podcast apps. Here are some direct links to the podcast on Apple, Google, and Spotify.

You can email me any questions or let me know if you’d like to be a guest on the podcast at [email protected] or interact on our social media pages: @HGPod on Twitter and hallowedgroundpod on Instagram. I’m super excited about this new project and my continued membership in ISHA!

Join our Hot Topic on April 29th at 2 pm EST.

This month’s ISHA Hot Topic will focus on how a Sports Hall of Fame can broaden its appeal, attract visitors, and add value to their area and community.

Creating interest to attract visitors to your sports venue is critically important.  Particularly if you are not a nationally recognized sports entity.

In the summer of 2021, the Mason County Sports Hall of Fame took major rebranding efforts to broaden their appeal to their community, and seasonal tourist, with a $140,000.00 renovation of their area Hall of Fame by redirecting their emphasis to reflect “Beyond the Game:  The Value of Sports!”.

Their Vision statement of “Recognize outstanding athletes & contributors.  Share memories, preserve legacies, instill life lessons, and add value to the community in unique ways”, is presented in their completely renovated facility.

The focus of honoring athletes, and preserving legacy is centered around the importance sports play in establishing the foundation for a satisfying life, and the life lessons learned from athletic participation.

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It is a new year and a new role for me in ISHA!  I first would like to thank Bryan Morry for his outstanding leadership in the role of President of ISHA.  As we continue to navigate the COVID environment I look at our ISHA community as a guidance and support system for like minded halls and museums.  

A few of my goals during my tenure are to ensure that we offer pertinent information and training to all members.  There is strength in numbers, and it is always a benefit to talk with fellow members about the challenges and successes of our organizations.  The ISHA website provides a great list of white pages for member organizations to utilize and an opportunity to share their own documents.  Also, you can request additional information or ask a question to fellow members through the listserv. 

My second goal is to make sure that we know our members and that we enjoy our time together as we celebrate and promote sports heritage.  I think you will find a great outreach of communication this year from the organization and through your board buddies.

My third goal is to maintain and increase our membership base.  It is important to retain our current members through renewal and look for other organizations as potential members.   

My final goal is for our time together to be fun.  I have been fortunate to build great friendships , allies, and resources in my time with ISHA.  It has been an experience well worth the cost of the membership not only for me, but for my organization.  

I am always a phone call or email away and look forward to getting to know many of you in the coming year and growing our organization.

Dana Hart

ISHA President

Our February Hot Topic is about Digital Activations!

Janice Smith from Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame will deliver our next virtual Hot Topic call.  Please sign up below and share with other members of your organizations to participate!

Hot Topic Session Info:

Janice Smith, Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame will be presenting a Webinar entitled “Digital Activation”.

She will share information on three new initiatives undertaken by Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in response to the closure of their physical museum in March 2020 and the impact these three new digital projects have had and are having in the communities they serve.

The new digital activations support the four pillars that are part of the Hall’s mission and have been delivered through social media, virtual education and virtual exhibitions.

Her presentation will discuss the development and impact of each activation and share through PowerPoint and video content.

Focus:  Three digital activation projects
a)    Social media campaigns – anti-racism awareness campaign, my Canadian sport moment campaign and my CSHOF moment campaign
b)    New virtual education programs – Virtual Hall of Famers on Tour program, Artefact Talks and Scavenger Hunts
c)    Partnership with our community – Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) – students helping to create a digital book entitled “Indigenous Sport Heroes Education Experience”

Date:  Thursday, February 18, 2021
Time:  11:00 a.m. MST

Duration:  45 minutes – 30 minutes presentation and 15 minutes questions.

Email Karen Bednarski to register for the Hot Topic Call

Have a safe and healthy holiday season. We all earned it. From your friends at the International Sports Heritage Association.

The International Sports Heritage Association (ISHA) is pleased to announce its 2020 ISHY Award winners. The winners were honored on Oct. 21 during ISHA’s virtual Members Meeting.

The ISHY Awards program was established to provide recognition for excellence in publications and exhibits 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.

2020 ISHY Award Winners

Category: Non-Book Publication
Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame – Halifax Sport Heritage Walking Tour Booklet

Category: Marketing Materials – print materials
Canadian Golf Hall of Fame and Museum – Newsletter Ad
Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame – Gold Club Package 2020

Category: Marketing Materials – video/audio shorts
World of Little League® Museum – The Story of 1955 Cannon Street YMCA Little League

Category: Marketing Materials – Social Media Account of the Year
Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame – Facebook @PackersHOF

Category: Educational Programming
The Sports Museum – Stand Strong

Category: HOF Inductions and/or Annual Event Materials
Saginaw County Sports Hall of Fame – 2019 Saginaw County Sports Hall of Fame

Category: Induction Program
Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum – 2019 Hall of Fame Induction Weekend

Category: New Exhibit
The Museum at the International Tennis Hall of Fame – Smash Hit: The Evolution of the
Tennis Racquet

ISHA would like to thank Sparta Pewter for their continued support of the awards and
donating the ISHY’s which are presented to each winner.

About International Sports Heritage Association
Established in 1971, the International Sports Heritage Association (ISHA) is a non-profit
membership organization dedicated to educating, promoting, and supporting organizations,
institutions, and individuals engaged in the celebration of sports heritage. ISHA offers a wide
variety of services and networking opportunities for sports museums, halls of fame, and other
related sports heritage organizations, enabling members to draw upon industry resources for
information on administration, induction ceremonies, development, exhibition design, collections
management, education programming, public relations, marketing, and merchandising. ISHA
has nearly 140 members from around the globe, including Australia, Canada, England, New
Zealand, Switzerland, Sri Lanka and the United States.

We typically hold an ISHA Members Meeting during the Annual Conference.  Because the 50th ISHA Annual Conference has been rescheduled to 2021, we will conduct the 2020 Members Meeting virtually, via WebEx.

The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 21, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. ET.  We invite you to join us to hear reports from ISHA Committee Chairs on their activities over the past year, as well as future initiatives.  The annual Board elections will be conducted, and the ISHY Awards will be presented.

If you wish to participate in the ISHA Members Meeting, please RSVP to me at [email protected] with your name, institution, and email address.  You’ll receive an email with a link to the meeting a few days in advance.  Meeting documents, including an agenda, minutes from the 2019 meeting, and financial reports, will be emailed to the ISHA Listserv prior to the meeting.

We regret not being able to gather in person this year, but hope you’ll join us on October 21 and meet with your colleagues virtually.