The 44th annual International Sports Heritage Association conference, titled Setting the Stage for Success, kicked off Monday, Oct. 27 in Nashville, Tenn. The conference is being hosted by the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame located in Bridgestone Arena, home to the NHL’s Nashville Predators.

The conference began with a visit to gold-medal sponsor 1220 Exhibits’ headquarters. After a tour of the fabrication areas, 1220’s Doug Zellman, who handles the company’s creation and installation of artifact mounts, led a hands-on session in the art and craft of mount-making.

Zellman showed the different types of artifact mounts 1220 uses in sports museums to support artifacts such as sports balls, golf clubs, helmets, gloves, baseball bats, rings and jerseys with materials such as plexiglass, metals such as brass and aluminum, and acrylic.

The delegates than returned to Bridgestone Arena for a session titled, The Power of Programming led by Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame President Dana Hart and Country Music Hall of Fame Director of Public Programming and Outreach Ali Tonn. The session was sponsored by HealyKohler Design.

The day’s final session was a guided tour of the Country Music Hall of Fame located just steps from Bridgestone Arena. The session was sponsored by the Nashville Convention and Visitor’s Corporation.

The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame and “Music City” are preparing for the delegates to experience the 44th annual ISHA conference.  Come early, stay late! With such a diverse lineup, Music City’s set list has something great for you and your family!

“The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame is truly honored and excited to host the 2014 International Sports Heritage Association Conference,” said Executive Director Dr. Bill Emendorfer. “Nashville is one of the great cities to visit in the United States. Tennessee is a blend of great food, fabulous entertainment and true southern culture. This year’s conference will provide an opportunity to hear exclusive features from experts in a wide range of fields. The conference will set your stage for your success with the help from the many experts presenting at this year’s event.”

The opening session will begin on Monday, October 27, taking the delegates on a behind-the-scenes trip to 1220 Exhibits where a hands-on session in the art and craft of mount-making will take place. The visit will conclude with a catered barbecue lunch, courtesy of our host and Gold Medal Sponsor 1220 Exhibits. The Welcome Reception Monday evening will be held at the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, located in the heart of downtown Nashville, with light hors d’ouevres and adult beverages.  This will give you a great opportunity to network with your colleagues, who are facing the same struggles, and challenges you are, and the vendors who are there to help solve them.

The Evening of Champions dinner will be held on Tuesday evening at Bridgestone Arena in the Patron Club Luxury Lounge with keynote speaker Hope Hines, author of In Hines’ Sight: The Ups, Downs and Rebounds of 40 Years in Sports Broadcasting
The final Wednesday session will hit home with all institutions — Where Have All the Women Gone? This session will be presented by Joan Cronan, Athletic Director Emeritus at the University of Tennessee. Cronan helped build and oversee one of the nations most respected and popular women’s programs, which grew to 10 sports and had a multi-million dollar budget. Dr. Amy Baker, Sport Management Associate Professor at Belmont University, will also present on Wednesday. Her topic focuses on the importance of the achievements made by women in sports and how Title IX played a huge role in creating opportunities in all areas of sports and those of us who honor these individuals.

The conference will conclude with the Farewell Lunch Wednesday afternoon. We have the pleasure of hosting Ralph Schultz, President & CEO of the Nashville Chamber of Commerce. Most importantly, Ralph was very instrumental in taking the Adventure Science Center from off the map to a main attraction in Nashville. He will explore this topic and more as we send you off with a book full of ideas.

October is the perfect time to visit Nashville.  The conference is in the heart of all things music with the County Music Hall of Fame and Honkey Tonk row offering you and your family a chance to see the next great country music star…and maybe a few of your favorites, too.

But Nashville is not just about the music.  While you are here, visit The Hermitage, presidential home of Andrew Jackson, which has more original furnishings than any other presidential home. Check out the winery at Belle Meade Plantation, take a stroll through Edwin and Percy Warner Park or cheer on the hometown teams, the Tennessee Titans and the Nashville Predators.  If you are a foodie, Nashville has 8 restaurants that made Southern Living’s list of 100 Places to Eat Now. And don’t forget the shopping. The nearby Opry Mills mall was named the “Top Shopping Destination in the Southern Region” by Groups Today Magazine and Nashville as a whole was voted #4 of the Best U.S. Cities for Shopping by readers of USA Today and 10Best.

So come to set your stage for success with your Hall, and enjoy all Nashville has to offer!!!

ON YOUR MARKS… Olympic Museum launched a new exhibit design to explore the concept of time. 

olympic museum 2“Chasing Time” explores the relations that sport has with time, beyond timing and measuring instruments.

Time matters in sport. This exhibition explores the experience, the meanings and social implications of time in sport. Sporting time has to be measured and quantified but time also generates excitement and passion and has inspired art, music, film and sculpture. The exhibition combines material to take the visitor on a journey through time and sport, socially, technologically and artistically.

Open 7 days a week in Summer*! Come visit and discover this exciting exhibition!
A schedule of talks and concerts supports the exhibition. Click here for that schedule.


The Olympic Museum, a lesson in history and humanity

As one of the Lausanne’s prime tourist sites, already 100,000 visitors have discovered the new Olympic Museum since it reopened!

The ambition of the museum is to be the heart of the Olympic Movement where visitors can explore the history and heritage of the Games, and the relationship between the Games and society as a whole. The Lausanne Olympic Museum’s collection has some of the most impressive artworks. It’s collection from a legacy that is unique in the world of Olympism and sport.

More than just a place for presenting collections, this is a museum of an idea, a philosophy of life, telling stories in which the human element is the centre of attention. It’s also an extraordinary interactive and virtual experience with of audio-visual and multimedia content. Three levels of completely redesigned galleries incorporate the latest technological innovations, using specially films and interactive displays.

Visitors – from all nations and cultures – arrive at the Olympic Park and ascend the Olympic Walk past sculptures and also a running track. A Poetic, landscaped, historical, contemporary, sustainable and Olympic dimension.

The museum capture the powerful Olympic Story. Make your own journey through The Museum and the Park and be an Olympian for a day ! Click here for official website.

The 44th annual International Sports Heritage Association Conference (ISHA), titled Setting the Stage for Success, is set for Oct. 27-29 in Nashville, Tenn., and registration information is now available. Click here for the link.

The conference, which is being hosted by the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame, will include educational sessions on topics such as museum programming, interactive technology, recruiting board members, developing partnerships and media relationships, promoting women in sports and more. It also will include a tour of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and the Evening of Champions dinner featuring guest speaker Hope Hines, a seasoned 40-year professional sports anchor and play-by-play announcer. Additionally, Gold Medal Sponsor 1220 Exhibits will open its doors for a behind-the-scenes tour of its fabrication facility and lead a workshop in the art of creating artifact mounts.

“The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame is truly honored and excited to host the 2014 International Sports Heritage Association Conference,” Executive Director Bill Emendorfer said. “Nashville is one of the great cities to visit in the United States. Tennessee is a blend of great food, fabulous entertainment and Southern culture. This year’s conference will provide an opportunity to hear exclusive features from experts in a wide range of fields. This conference will set the stage for success with the help from the many experts presenting at this event.”

ISHA would like to thank its sponsors that help make the Conference possible: 1220 Exhibits (Gold Medal Sponsor); Display Studios and the Canadian Association for Sports Heritage (Bronze Medal Sponsors); Session sponsors 1220 Exhibits, The Media Preserve, Cambridge Seven Associates, The Crowley Company, HealyKohler Design, At Last Communications, Display Studios and Camagine Design; Welcome Reception Sponsor C&C Millwright Maintenance; Communication Awards Sponsor Sparta Pewter; and Conference Grant Sponsor Selago Design.

Get ready for a jam session like no other at the Rockin’ & Racin’ exhibit at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. From rock stars to country crooners to rappers, the sport has welcomed all genres of music to rally around the action on the track. Working with record executives like Scott Borchetta and Mike Curb as well as music artist Brad Arnold of 3 Doors Down among others, this exhibit features artifacts that truly rock. Artifacts include the 1959 Chevrolet Corvette featured in Brad Paisley’s “Old Alabama” music video, country music star Marty Robbins’ 1964 Plymouth race car, Juan Pablo Montoya’s 2012 No. 42 Chevrolet sponsored by Taylor Swift, the 2003 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 guitar trophy and more. The Rockin’ & Racin’ exhibit will be on display through the end of the year.



Name: Rockin’ & Racin’ Exhibit

Start Date: 6/24/14

End Date: 1/2/15

Time: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily (see for special hours)

Location:  NASCAR Hall of Fame 400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28202

Phone: (704) 654-4400

Price: Admission is $19.95 for adults, $17.95 for seniors and military, $12.95 for children 5-12 and free for children younger than 5.

ISHA to award four grants totaling $5,000 in 2014

NASHVILLE – The International Sports Heritage Association board of directors has voted to increase the number of Conference Grants it awards to its membership from two to three while also doubling the total amount of its Special Projects Grant. Additionally, ISHA will offer complimentary conference registration to five local students interested in sports heritage. The 2014 conference will be held October 27-29 in Nashville, hosted by The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.

“Our conference offers our members the opportunity to gather together to network, discuss the state of the industry and to learn from experts on subjects important to all of our institutions,” said ISHA president Rick Walls. “By increasing the number of grants and opportunities for interested students and young professionals to attend, we are showing our commitment to promoting and supporting the sports heritage industry.”

selagoISHA will award two $1,000 Conference Grants with a third sponsored by Selago Design for a total of three $1,000 grants. The Special Projects Grant, which is awarded to an institution working on a project to improve its public service, will increase from $1,000 to $2,000. Links to the applications are below.

2014 Conference Grant application

2014 special projects grant application

“The planning for this year’s conference in Nashville, Tenn., is well underway and will focus on key topics that are sure to be of interest to our member institutions worldwide.  I congratulate the Board for taking this important step and thank everyone who contributed to our Founder’s Fund, which paved the way for this expansion,” Walls added.

The push to invite area students interested in sports heritage and museum studies began with the 2013 conference in Denver and will continue this year in Nashville. ISHA will host five area students for the conference education sessions at no charge.

The grants are supported by ISHA’s Founders Fund, which was established to support long-term initiatives in sports heritage. The organization raises money for the fund through a conference raffle and auction along with an annual campaign seeking donations. Grant applications will be made available in May on the organization’s website, sportsheritage.test with submission deadlines on July 15.

The International Sports Heritage Association is a non-profit membership organization incorporated in 1971.  The mission of ISHA is to educate, promote and support organizations and individuals engaged in the celebration of sports heritage.  ISHA includes nearly 150 Regular members from countries such as China, New Zealand, England, Switzerland, Singapore, Japan, Australia, Canada and the United States.  In addition, corporations and individuals participate in and contribute to the growth of ISHA as Associate Members.



A 20-person nomination committee selects Raymond Clayborn, Ty Law and Bill Parcells as the 2014 Patriots Hall of Fame finalists.

Patriots fans have until May 15 to vote for the nominee most deserving of hall of fame honors.


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced that three former Patriots have been selected as finalists for this year’s induction into the team’s hall of fame. This year’s finalists (listed in alphabetical order) are cornerback Raymond Clayborn, cornerback Ty Law and head coach Bill Parcells. Clayborn and Law are first-time finalists, while Parcells was a finalist in 2011 and 2012. For Law, 2014 is the first year he was eligible to be nominated.

Starting today, Patriots fans are encouraged to vote for the former Patriot most deserving of hall of fame enshrinement. Fans can vote on for the next month. Voting will end on May 15, 2014 and the Patriots will announce the 2014 Patriots Hall of Fame selection in ea

rly June.

This year’s selection will become the 22nd person to be enshrined into the Patriots Hall of Fame. The Patriots Hall of Fame induction ceremony is held on the plaza just outside The H

all at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon. The outdoor ceremony is free and open to the public. Patriots fans of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend. The date and time of this year’s event will be announced at a later date.

Beginning in 2007, the Patriots started a new hall of fame tradition, inducting one pl

ayer or head coach to The Hall each year. The process for induction now involves a panel of media, alumni and staff, who collectively nominate the players or head coaches most deserving of induction. After the nominations are made, the committee votes and the top three tallies become that year’s

finalists. The Patriots then give their fans the opportunity to vote online to select each year’s winner.

Earlier this month, a 20-person nomination committee met to discuss this year’s candidates for induction. Now it is up to the fans to select this year’s honoree.

This year’s finalists are listed below:

Raymond Clayborn

Raymond Clayborn was a three-time Pro Bowl (1983, 1985, 1986) player for the Patriots from 1977 through 1989. He joined the Patriots as a first round pick (16th overall) out of Texas in 1977 and quickly established himself as a top-notch defensive back as well as a superb kickoff returner. He finished his career with a franchise-leading 36 interceptions (tied with Ty Law) for 555 yards for a 15.4 yard per interception average. His 555 interception return yards are second in franchise history to Ty Law’s 583 return yards. Clayborn also returned 57 kickoffs for 1,538 yards and three touchdowns. As a rookie in 1977, Clayborn returned 28 kickoffs for 869 yards and led the NFL with a 31.0-yard return average and returned three kicks for touchdowns, both of which remain franchise records. He is one of just 16 NFL players since the 1970 merger to finish a season with a 30.0-yard average on kickoff returns (min. 20 returns) and is the only Patriots player to accomplish the feat. Clayborn played a vital role in bringing the Patriots to respectability in the late 1970s and early 1980s. During his 13 seasons with the Patriots, he helped the Patriots to 10 winning seasons, including four postseason berths. Clayborn intercepted Hall of Famer Dan Marino and recorded six passes defensed to help end an 18-game losing streak to the Miami Dolphins in the Orange Bowl in a 31-14 AFC Championship victory that lifted the Patriots to their first Super Bowl. Clayborn was a member of the Patriots 1970s and 1980s all-decade teams.



Patriots Hall of Fame finalist Ty Law

Patriots Hall of Fame finalist Ty Law

Ty Law spent 10 seasons with the Patriots (1995-2004) after joining the team as a first round (23rd overall) draft pick out of Michigan in 1995. Law was a three-time Super Bowl Champion (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX), a four-time Pro Bowl player (1998, 2001, 2002, 2003) and a two-time All-Pro (1998, 2003) during his tenure with the Patriots. Law tied Raymond Clayborn’s career franchise-record with 36 interceptions and finished with the most interception-return yards in team history with 583. His six interceptions returned for touchdowns are also a franchise best. Law had nine interceptions in 1998 to become the first Patriots player to lead the NFL in that category. He was a playmaker who played some of his best games in the postseason. He helped lead the Patriots to their first Super Bowl title in 2001 when he intercepted a Kurt Warner pass against the Rams and returned it 47 yards for a touchdown for the first points of the game. In the 2003 AFC Championship Game, Law intercepted three Peyton Manning passes while leading the Patriots to a 24-14 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. Law was part of a record-breaking Patriots defense in 2003 that led the NFL in five key categories: opponents points per game (14.9), interceptions (29), fewest touchdown receptions allowed (11), opponent’s passer rating (56.2) and pass deflections (121) as the team captured its second Super Bowl title in a win over the Carolina Panthers. Law is a member of the NFL’s all-decade team for the 2000s as well as the Patriots’ all-1990s and all-2000s decade teams. He was also selected to the Patriots’ 50th Anniversary Team.


        SideStage070Bill Parcells was the head coach of the New England Patriots for four seasons (1993-96) and led the team to the playoffs twice. After inheriting a team that had finished 14-50 in the previous four years, including an NFL worst 2-14 season in 1992, he brought the clout of a two-time Super Bowl Champion to the Patriots sidelines, infusing instant credibility in 1993. In 1994, a season-ending seven-game win streak allowed the Patriots to clinch their first playoff berth in eight years. The performance earned Parcells NFL Coach of the Year honors. After finishing 6-10 in 1995, the Patriots rebounded with an 11-win season in 1996, tying the then franchise record for wins and earning their first division title in 10 years. After a convincing victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers (28-3) in the divisional playoff game in foggy Foxborough, the Patriots hosted their first AFC Championship game and defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars, 20-6, to earn a trip to the Super Bowl for just the second time in franchise history. This is the third time that the Patriots Hall of Fame Nomination Committee has nominated Bill Parcells for Patriots Hall of Fame induction (2011, 2012 and 2014). On Feb. 2, 2013, Parcells was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  Parcells is the only coach in NFL history ever to lead four different teams to the playoffs and three different teams to a conference championship game. He is a member of the Patriots all-1990s team.




About the Patriots Hall of Fame

The Patriots Hall of Fame was officially formed in 1991 after John Hannah became the first Patriots player to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. With the hall of fame, the Patriots created a new way of honoring their greatest players. It wasn’t until 2008, with the opening of The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon, that Patriots players, past and present, truly had a place to call home that they could share with their fans. Now, enshrinement into The Hall is an honor befitting of the franchise’s greatest players, with 30-foot video pylons displaying each enshrinee. Beginning in 2007, fans became part of the hall of fame tradition and active participants in the selection process.

This year’s inductee will join 19 other Patriot greats and two contributors as a member of the New England Patriots’ Hall of Fame (listed in alphabetical order below with year of induction):



Bruce Armstrong (2001)

Drew Bledsoe (2011)

Troy Brown (2012)

Tedy Bruschi (2013)

Nick Buoniconti (1992)

Gino Cappelletti (1992)

Ben Coates (2008)

Sam Cunningham (2010)

Bob Dee (1993)

Steve Grogan (1995)

John Hannah (1991)

Mike Haynes (1994)

Jim Lee Hunt (1993)

Stanley Morgan (2007

Jon Morris (2011)

Jim Nance (2009)

Steve Nelson (1993)

Vito “Babe” Parilli (1993)

Andre Tippett (1999)


William H. “Billy” Sullivan, Jr. (2009)

Gil Santos (2013)


About The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon

The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon is the crown jewel of Patriot Place and the only sports and education experience of its kind. Through a dazzling array of interactive multimedia exhibits and artifacts never before viewable by the public, The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon showcases the tradition of the New England Patriots, explores the history of football in New England, and promotes math and science education for the thousands of schoolchildren expected to visit each year. For more information, please visit


The 2013 ISHA Conference provided numerous opportunities to build relationships, tour other facilities, and learn from the experts how to more effectively design and operate sports halls of fame and/or ISHA2013_b-14museums.  As your professional association we’re committed to providing you with a strong, relevant conference that responds to your needs. We’re pleased to share that the results of the Post-Conference Survey indicated the conference successfully achieved its goals:

  • 94% of survey respondents plan to attend this year’s conference in Nashville.
  • 100% said they planned to attend a future ISHA conference.
  • 100% of respondents who attended the conference rated it very good to excellent overall
  • The most important factors influencing the decision to attend were
    • Desire to meet and network with colleagues
    • Topics/speakers and the educational content of the program
    • Dates of the conference
    • 75% of attendees made the decision to attend the conference six months to a year before the conference. So you should consider making your plans for the 2014 Conference in Nashville very soon.
    • Respondents indicated that the topics they would most like to learn more about were:
      • Emerging technologies
      • How to engage Hall of Famers
      • Educational and special event planning
      • Marketing initiatives

Thank you to those of you who responded to the survey.  Ensuring that the ISHA conference provides content to enhance your operations is a top priority for the association. It is a wonderful way to network with your peers, learn from others, and generate new ideas on how to better tell your story.  We hope to see you at the next ISHA conference in Nashville, October 27-29, 2014.

For anyone who wonders about how other organizations deal with everything from budgeting to fundraising to exhibits and tours,  please consider joining the ISHA Survey committee. Your insights would be a valuable addition in our efforts to create relevant and meaningful surveys for our membership.