HORIZONTAL logo - black textCanada’s Sports Hall of Fame, international award-winning facility and host of the 2016 International Sport Heritage Association Annual Conference (Sept. 26-28), is situated in the heart of the Canadian West in Calgary, Alberta. Just a one hour drive from Banff National Park and the world renowned Canadian Rocky Mountains, Calgary offers a unique blend of rustic pioneer charm with modern innovation and entertainment for the whole family. The city is a vibrant hub of year-round arts, culture, dining, shopping, festivals and events.

Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, established in 1955, moved from Toronto to Calgary and re-opened its doors in July 2011. It is a must-see state of the art facility with more than 40,000 square feet of interactive experiences and a collection of more than 95,000 artifacts.  With 52 hands-on interactive exhibits including shadow boxing, wheelchair racing, 3D hockey and multisport simulators, Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame is fun, educational and inspiring for people of all ages.

Canada’s Sport Hall of Fame is located at the historic Winsport’s Canada Olympic Park, site of the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary. Featuring world class Olympic training facilities and numerous opportunities for public sport engagement and education, Canada Olympic Park along with Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame continue to be an integral part of Canadian sport history and heritage.


The 45th annual International Sports Heritage Association conference, hosted by the Little League Museum in Williamsport, Pa., received positive reviews after three days of education sessions, networking and an impressive list of speakers.

Mike Mussina

Mike Mussina

Former Orioles and Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina impressed ISHA delegates during a lunchtime question & answer session. The 18-year Major Leaguer had fun with the audience, engaged in one-on-one dialogue and kept things light by joking with the questioners.

Dr. Story Musgrave

Dr. Story Musgrave

Evening of Champions featured speaker Dr. Story Musgrave, a Little League Hall of Excellence member, shared his story about how he went from a non-high school graduate to a NASA astronaut, grandfather, surgeon and multiple advanced degree holder through a life pursuing his dreams with energy and passion.

imageThe Farewell Luncheon speaker was former Cumberland, R.I., Little League coach Dave Belisle, who earned national acclaim during the 2014 Little League World Series through his inspirational speeches to his players. Belisle’s wife was battling cancer throughout his team’s run to Williamsport and he and his players built a special bond that was evident during the tournament.

Networking is always an important component of the conference and that remained the case in Williamsport. The conference committee even dedicated a session to networking by having delegates spend five-minute segments with a different colleagues for the hour-long session.

The session dedicated to education, which included appealing to different audiences both within and outside of one’s institution received positive reviews. The welcome reception aboard a river boat was also a popular event.

In a conference survey, many attendees responded that they continue to be interested in marketing strategies and technology. The 2016 ISHA Conference will be held at the Canada Sports Hall of Fame in Calgary.





Check out a selection of photos taken at the Evening of Champions Dinner at the 45th annual ISHA Conference.
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The International Sports Heritage Association (ISHA) is pleased to announce its 2015 Communication Award winners. The 10 winners were presented the ISHY trophy Oct. 22 during the Evening of Champions dinner at the group’s annual conference hosted by the World of Little League Museum in Willamsport, Pa.

The 2015 ISHY winners are:

  • Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame for the book, The Spirit of ’89
  • National College Baseball Hall of Fame for the 2015 College Baseball Night of Champions magazine
  • The Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum for The Racing Cars of Dan Gurney, an All-American Exhibition
  • The NASCAR Hall of Fame for its publication called Ignition
  • The Canadian Golf Hall of Fame for its marketing brochure
  • Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame for its membership booklet
  • The San Francisco 49ers Museum for its Education Learning Playbook
  • The St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum for its induction ceremony materials
  • USGA Museum for Jack Nicklaus “Perseverence,” a short film video
  • The Melbourne (Australia) Cricket Club for its new online database.
  • The 49ers Museum received The Best in Show award for its education playbook.


The International Sports Heritage Association (ISHA) has named a Senior Managing Director of the United States Golf Association the 2015 recipient of the prestigious Schroeder Award.  Dr. Randon (Rand) Jerris will be formally recognized during ISHA’s “An Evening of Champions” on October 22, 2015, as part of ISHA’s annual conference, hosted this year by the World of Little League Museum, in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

Presented periodically, the W.R. “Bill” Schroeder Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor presented by the International Sports Heritage Association and is given to individuals for meritorious service of lasting nature in the sports heritage industry and their communities.

“Dr. Jerris has distinguished himself as a leader of the USGA museum and as a golf historian,” said ISHA President Marjorie Snyder. “His passion, dedication, and expertise transformed the USGA Museum and has positioned it as model we can all aspire to. I can think of no one who is more deserving of this honor.”

Dr. Randon Jerris: Dr. Jerris holds a B.A. in Geology (1991) and an M.A. in Art History and Museum Studies (1994) from Williams College, and an M.A. in Art and Archaeology (1996) and a Ph.D. in Art and Archaeology (1999) from Princeton University.  He has authored three books: Golf’s Golden Age: Robert T. Jones Jr. and the Legendary Players of the ‘10s, ‘20s, and ‘30s; The Game of Golf and the Printed Word: 1566-2005, with co-author Richard E. Donovan; and The Historical Dictionary of Golf, with co-author Bill Mallon. For his work with Donovan, Jerris was awarded the Murdoch Medal by the British Golf Collectors Society in recognition of outstanding contributions to the game’s history.

Dr. Jerris joined the USGA’s staff in a part-time capacity from 1988 through 1996, became the Association’s librarian and historian in 1999 and was named director of the Museum in 2002.  He led the efforts for the design and new construction of the 33,000 square foot Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History and oversaw the renovation of the original Museum structure.  Today as the United States Golf Association’s senior managing director for public services, Rand Jerris oversees a variety of functions, including facilities management, Green Section, philanthropy and grants, strategic and operational planning, and the USGA Museum. He remains active in researching and promoting the history of the game, focused on golf course architecture, golf art and the history of golf in the Alps.






musgraveDr. Story Musgrave, member of the World of Little League(r) Hall of Excellence and NASA astronaut, performed three of the five space walks to repair Hubble Space Telescope during an 11-day flight that traveled 4,443,772 miles in 163 orbits of the Earth. Dr. Musgrave is the keynote speaker during the Evening of Champions dinner on Thursday, Oct. 22.

His talk will be out of this world.

Retiring after 30 years as a National Aeronautics and Space Administration astronaut, Dr. Musgrave was inducted in 1994 to the Hall of Excellence in the World of Little® League Museum. Each Hall of Excellence member played Little League.

Perhaps the greatest Renaissance man of our time, Dr. Musgrave made three of the five space walks to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. He flew on six space flights, performing the first spacewalk on Challenger’s first flight. He suffered frostbite on his fingers from a spacewalk.

Dr. Musgrave was born on a farm in 1935 in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. His early years of exploration are what sparked his interest in space. He recalls being alone at night in the forest at age three, riding a homebuilt raft on a river at age five, and driving trucks and tractors by age 10. When he was 13, he repaired them.

Dr. Musgrave did not finish high school. Instead, he ran off to Korea with the U.S. Marines where he began his formal experience with aircraft. Throughout the next 55 years, Dr. Musgrave accumulated 18,000 hours in more than 160 aircraft, according to his biography. He has seven graduate degrees in math, computers, chemistry, medicine, physiology, literature and psychology. He has received 20 honorary doctorate degrees and was a part-time trauma surgeon during this 30-year astronaut career.

Now, however, he no longer identifies himself primarily as an astronaut, although he has plenty of space stories to share. One of his favorites involves Halloween. “Mission Control was working very hard and I wanted to lighten their day by dressing as a witch and riding a broom … but, there are no brooms in space, so I rode a vacuum cleaner. It sucked in air in one end and pushed it out the other just like a jet engine.”

He is the father of seven children. He and his wife Amanda have a daughter, also named Story, who is eight. A child of the digital age, dad and daughter often spend time fishing or riding a tractor. It is critical for children to feel as comfortable with trees and soil as they are with the world they can bring up on a screen, the father explains.

Playing Little League as a youngster gave him a social life and camaraderie with others. “It helped me be a team player,” he said. Mental illness and alcoholism remained at home when at the ballfield: “Little League played a very important role in my early life.

“My huge celebration with Little League was with my own children,” Dr. Musgrave said, adding that the six oldest played in the Clear Lake area outside of Houston, Texas. At his ranch in Kissimmee, Florida, he and his daughter are playing catch. “She has a heck of an arm – she can throw right or left.”

In addition to enjoying his family now that he is “retired,” Dr. Musgrave spends time at his palm farm in Florida, a production company in Sydney, Australia, and a sculpture company in Burbank, California.  Plus, he is a landscape architect, professor of design, a concept artist with Walt Disney Imagineering, an innovator with Applied Minds Inc. and performs multi-media presentations.



The early bird registration discount ends Tuesday, September 22, for the International Sports Heritage Association’s 45th annual conference, “Ahead of the Curve,” which will be hosted by the World of Little League® Museum and Official Store from October 21-23 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.

There is a discount of $50 when registering early. Registration is open until October 6. The conference brochure and form can be found here.

Sessions include educational programming, growing your fan base (are you a destination or a community center or both), workplace violence, upgrading exhibits on a small budget and giving your museum store a makeover.  There will be a session about conservation (textiles, leather, paper, metals, etc.) and a workshop to practice. (Remember to bring a small piece of silver to polish and an old shirt or apron to protect your clothing!)

Attending the ISHA conference provides the opportunity to talk with other museum professionals about successes or issues they have experienced. In addition to the common networking opportunities, there will be a Speed Networking session modeled after one offered by the American Alliance of Museums. (Keep a look out for additional information).

Other activities include a visit to the World of Little League Museum and Official Store, an opportunity to “play” on the field where the Little League Baseball World Series is held, a riverboat cruise, tour of Penn State’s All-Sports Museum and Beaver Stadium, and meeting members of the World of Little League Museum’s Hall of Excellence and other Pennsylvania champions.

Register soon!

Any questions? Contact Jan at [email protected]





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.