International Hall of Fame Museum Director Doug Stark

International Tennis Hall of Fame Museum Director Doug Stark

The International Sports Heritage Association (ISHA) has named International Tennis Hall of Fame Museum Director Doug Stark as its 2016 Schroeder Award recipient. Stark was presented the award on Sept. 27, 2016 during ISHA’s annual conference, which is being held at Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame in Calgary.

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.

“Doug Stark’s service to sports heritage is extraordinary and worthy of our highest honor,” said ISHA President Marjorie Snyder. “Whether at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the USGA Museum or in his current role at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Doug’s commitment to our industry has never wavered. We are honored to name Doug as the winner and look forward to presenting him in September.”

Stark oversees the day-to-day operation at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I. He successfully directed the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s pursuit of accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), thereby making it the first sports hall of fame to earn accreditation. He recently directed a $3 million renovation and complete redesign of the venue while incorporating state-of-the-art exhibits. Most impressively, he has been a part of capital projects that have re-conceptualized and rebuilt three new sports museums.

His wealth of experience has included strategic thinking and new facility planning; exhibit, program, and outreach development and execution; financial management, community and board engagement; collections care; branding and messaging; and product development. He has helped make sports history more engaging, relevant, and accessible to a wider, diverse and worldwide audience.

Stark is also an accomplished author of sports heritage-related publications. He is the author of The SPHAS: The Life and Times of Basketball’s Greatest Jewish Team published by Temple University Press in 2011. He is the co-author of Tennis and the Newport Casino released by Arcadia Publishing in 2011 and he also co-authored a children’s book, Shikey Gotthoffer, published by Maine Authors Publishing in September of 2015. His latest, Wartime Basketball: The Emergence of a National Sport during World War II was published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2016. He is currently working on two additional books – one on the integration of professional basketball, and the second on editing oral histories of Jewish Basketball Players.

Stark is a New England Museum Association board member where he serves as the group’s first vice president. He is also an adjunct professor in the Museum Studies program at Harvard University.

Additionally, he has implemented programing at the Tennis Hall of Fame that caters to a wide range of visitors, including an architectural symposium that has grown into an annual sold-out community event.


The International Sports Heritage Association (ISHA) is a non-profit membership organization incorporated in 1971 to assist sports museums and halls of fame to develop, operate and promote their facilities. ISHA includes more than 130 members from countries such as China, New Zealand, Switzerland, Singapore, Australia, Canada, Qatar and the United States.  ISHA’s mission is to educate, promote and support organizations and individuals engaged in the celebration of sports heritage.

It’s time to begin thinking about your silent auction item for the 46th Annual ISHA Conference.

The Founders Fund Committee works to raise money through:

  • An annual gift program
  • Silent auction held at the annual conference
  • And through various other avenues

All the revenue raised though these avenues directly impacts ISHA’s ability to support worthy projects and provide grants that promote sports heritage and fund other initiatives important to all of our member institutions and the entire sports heritage industry.

We are looking for items that appeal to sports and non-sports fans.

Helpful Hints:

  • Customs allows you to carry (1) bottle of liquor or wine into Canada
  • National Park Services (US or Canada) gift certificates make great auction items
  • Order an item online and have it shipped directly to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

Gift Ideas:

  • A unique experience at your facility
  • A hand-made item

To submit an application, simply fill out the linked form and e-mail or fax back to Sherry Crose ([email protected])

ISHA 2016 Silent Auction Form

The ISHA Board of Directors has increased the funding designated to educate its membership. For 2016, as many as three (3) Conference Grants of up to $1,000 (maximum) each and one (1) of up to $3,000 (maximum) will be made available to member institutions. The larger grant (up to $3,000) is available to members outside the United States and Canada. Conference registration fees are waived as part of the packages.

The travel grants are available to regular ISHA member institutions to provide a maximum of $1,000 per person per organization in order that one or more representatives of an organization may attend the ISHA annual conference. An institution may receive a grant once every five (5) years. At least one of the grants must be awarded to a first-time attendee.

The $6,000 for the grants is from the Founders’ Fund, which is supported by initiatives such as a Silent Auction, a Reverse Raffle and monetary gifts from members.

Additionally, up to three (3) Conference Registration-Only Grants, valued at $325, will be offered to member institutions.

Applications for all Conference Grants are due by June 15, 2016. Please click here to download the application.

The 2016 Annual ISHA Conference will be held September 26-28 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and is hosted by Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.



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.