With the Covid-19 pandemic dramatically impacting the world and forcing the postponement of the 2020 International Sports Heritage Association (ISHA) conference scheduled for October at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I., ISHA moved to a virtual mini-conference.

Over two days, on August 18-19, ISHA hosted four educational sessions with a focus on operating sports heritage facilities during this unprecedented time.

“The conference committee was able to pivot and move from an in-person conference scheduled for October to the virtual sessions we hosted in August,” conference committee chairperson Jordan Poland said. “We felt like it was important to schedule those sessions sooner than October as our members have either recently re-opened or are planning to do so soon. The sessions were related to the times in which we find ourselves living.”

The virtual conference included sessions on fundraising and the future of hands-on exhibits on the first day while shifting to re-opening protocols and virtual education experiences on the second day.

For links to the recorded sessions, visit ISHA University here.

Former ISHA president Peter Webster and President and CEO of Toronto’s Santa Claus Parade presented on fundraising during uncertain times. Session two focused on technology and the future of hands-on experiences with John Roberson from Advent and Brad Baer from Bluecadet presenting. Day two started with Dana Hart from the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and John Doleva from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame presenting about re-opening under different state guidelines and safety protocols. The sessions ended with Bruce Markusen from the Baseball Hall of Fame and Jacob Ray from the Pro Football Hall of Fame explaining their virtual education offerings and processes. The conference officially ended with a Wednesday night virtual social.

“We’d like to thank all our presenters who were incredibly helpful,” Poland said. “We had outstanding participation from our members around the world and the sessions were incredibly informative and a great success.”

The 2021 ISHA conference will be held October 27-29, 2021 in Newport, R.I.

We understand that this is a difficult time for many individuals and organizations in our membership but wanted to give an update concerning the 50th ISHA Conference, scheduled for October 21-23, 2020, at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, RI. The Conference Committee has been meeting diligently and is still planning and preparing for the conference on that date. However, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing economic impact on many of our organizations, we are also aware that hosting our conference as we have historically done might not be a possibility this year.

A determination on whether or not the 50th ISHA Conference will take place in Newport in October 2020 will be made by the ISHA Board of Directors no later than August 15, 2020. Until that determination is made, the Conference Committee will continue to work as normal to host the Conference during the regularly scheduled time.

If we cannot host the 50th ISHA Conference as scheduled, provisions will be made for a “virtual conference” this year.

Regardless of how it happens, the ISHA Conference Committee is determined to provide the membership with the best possible continuing education experience that we can. We continue to monitor the Covid-19 situation and remain hopeful that we will all be able to get together in Newport while also preparing for virtual education sessions. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, about this year’s 50th ISHA Conference, please don’t hesitate to call or email anytime.

The International Sports Heritage Association recognizes this is a trying time for the world. The Covid-19 virus has interrupted our normal daily activities, which includes the closing of most of our cultural institutions. We encourage sports museums to adhere to state and federal guidelines regarding the virus as we all must do our part to slow its spread. The health and safety of guests and staff is of utmost importance. Each ISHA member institution will make its own determination on what is best based on local recommendations. The status of many sports museums is listed below, but please know that these are subject to change on short notice as the situation remains quite fluid. If you are sports museum visitor, please check an institution’s website to confirm its status before visiting. This list is compiled as of Monday, March 16 though some status reports are from Friday, March 13. So again, please check websites for up-to-the-minute information.

Below is also a link for member institutions to reference in terms of expectations:

https://www.colleendilen.com/2020/03/16/special-how-covid-19-is-impacting-intentions-to-visit-cultural-entities-data/

Australian Sports Museum (East Melbourne) — Closed

University of Iowa Athletic Hall of Fame (Iowa City, IA) — Closed

National Sprint Car Hall of Fame (Knoxville, IA) – Open (no events)

The American Sport Art Museum and Archives (Daphne, AL) – Closed

The British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame (Vancouver, BC) – Closed

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame (Woodbine, ON) — Closed

The Sports Museum (Boston, MA) – Closed

NCAA Hall of Champions (Indianapolis, IN) – Closed

Georgia Sports Hall of Fame (Macon, GA) – Closed

Olympic Museum (Lausanne, Switzerland) – Closed

Negro League Baseball Museum (Kansas City, MO) – Closed

Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame (Calgary, AB) – Closed

Pro Football Hall of Fame (Canton, OH) – Closed

Kansas Sports Hall of Fame (Wichita, KS) – Closed

Patriots Hall of Fame presented by Raytheon (Foxborough, MA) – Closed

49ers Museum (Santa Clara, CA) – Closed

Packers Hall of Fame (Green Bay, WI) – Closed

Vikings Museum (Eagan, MN) – Closed

Hockey Hall of Fame (Toronto, ON) – Closed

USGA Museum (Liberty Corner, NJ) – Closed

Penn State All Sports Museum (University Park, PA) – Open (fluid)

British Golf Museum (St. Andrews) – Closed

National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum (Stillwater, OK) – Closed

Texas Sports Hall of Fame (Waco, TX) – Closed

St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum (St. Louis, MO) – Open (No stadium tours)

College Football Hall of Fame (Atlanta, GA) – Closed

Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame (Nashville, TN) – Closed

Alberta Sports Hall of Fame (Red Deer, AB) – Open

Colorado Sports Hall of Fame (Denver, CO) – Closed

Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum (Baltimore, MD) – Closed

Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame/Museum (Regina, SK) – Closed for renovations

Canadian Golf Hall of Fame (Oakville, ON) – Closed

World of Little League Museum (Williamsport, PA) – Closed

Oklahoma Sports Museum  (Guthrie, OK) – Closed

Bear Bryant Museum (Tuscaloosa, AL) – Closed

Oregon Sports Hall of Fame (Beavertown, OR) – Open (fluid)

Braves Museum and Hall of Fame (Atlanta, GA) – Closed

Baseball Heritage Museum (Cleveland, OH) – Closed

Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame (Jackson, MS) – Closed

Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame (Halifax, NS) – Closed

Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame (Colorado Springs, CO) – Closed

Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame (Knoxville, TN) – Closed

Basketball Hall of Fame (Springfield, MA) – Closed for renovations (5/1)

Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum (Cincinnati, OH) – Closed

NASCAR Hall of Fame (Charlotte, NC) – Closed

Bobby Orr Hall of Fame (Parry Sound, ON) – Closed

Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum (Cooperstown, NY) – Closed

World Golf Hall of Fame (St. Augustine, FL) – Closed

New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame (Fredericton, NB) – All tours cancelled

Racine Heritage Museum (Racine, WI) – Closed

Town & Team: An Inseparable Bond

This exhibit tells the story of the strong bond between the Packers and the community they represent. Starting in the late 1920s and well into the 1960s, most players lived downtown or nearby and were everywhere to be seen by fans who might have idolized them but also gave them their space. More recently, the connection between town and team can be seen through the charitable work of both the players and the organization. This exhibit features Packers’ hang-outs and the communities’ commitment to support the team.

Admit One: The History of the Packers Tickets

This exhibit tells the story of how the Packers have always been the hot ticket in Green Bay, dating all the way back to a packed house in their first professional league game and continuing today at legendary Lambeau Field. It explores the history of Packers tickets being sold at various locations including the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Legion Park, and the downtown Packers office building. This exhibit also features memorable tickets at Lambeau Field such as Vince Lombardi’s first win, the Ice Bowl, the Instant Replay game, and the Monday Night Miracle.

The International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I., will host the International Sports Heritage Association’s 50th annual conference from Oct. 21-23, 2020. This will be the fourth time ISHA has been to Newport for a conference – the most of any location. It also hosted in 1976, 1989 and 2012. The International Scholar-Athlete Hall of Fame, located in Kingston, R.I. also hosted, making this ISHA’s fifth visit to America’s smallest state.

Mark your calendars and click here to see what makes Newport such an attractive conference location.

The International Sports Heritage Association (ISHA) has launched a new education section on its website (sportsheritage.org) that features museum-related assets and forms contributed by fellow members as well as a section for members to contribute educational articles.

The new section, titled ISHA University, has a members-only password protected area that features assets and forms categorized by the following (sportsheritage.org/members-area/assets/):

  • Collection
  • Curatorial/Exhibits
  • Marketing/Programming (events)
  • Museum Education/School groups/Other groups
  • Staffing
  • Retail
  • Emergencies
  • Development/Fundraising
  • Other

Additionally, there is an ISHA University information page (sportsheritage.org/members-area/isha-university-information/), which will be the home to educational articles contributed by members but in a public section of the website.

“The ISHA board wanted to provide a tidy package of educational offerings to its members,” ISHA president Bryan Morry said. “Nobody can help answer institutional questions better than peers in the field. So we have many documents and forms categorized so members can easily access them. We also want our members to contribute articles that could be helpful to colleagues. There are currently nearly 50 forms and documents accessible and we hope to continually add to this.

“One of the best things about ISHA is that members are so willing to share information with one another. We hope this program continues to grow and serves the sports heritage industry for years to come,” Morry added.

The ISHA board encourages members to share any documents or forms that might be helpful to peers while also reviewing the available selection. To contribute and asset or an article, one can email [email protected] with the subject ISHA U CONTRIBUTION.

The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame has had a busy start to the summer.
Our newest exhibit, Evolution of Sport, opened on June 6 and takes visitors through the history and evolution of the tools of the trade for numerous sports. Using artifacts from our permanent collection, visitors can see the progression of safety equipment and sporting implements from the 19th century to today as technology and new materials changed the sports we play.
The exhibit also features a touch table which allows visitors to interact with some vintage equipment to get a better feel for how sports were played in the near and distant past. The exhibit will run until August 17.
Our Creating Active Champions program begins on July 2 for another year. The program is offered over seven weeks for students between the ages of 4-12. Over their 90-minute stay, guests will learn some of Saskatchewan’s sports history while also taking part in physical activities on our multi-sport simulator, adaptive curling rink and also playing games outside in Victoria Park adjacent to the Hall.
The program is offered twice a day until August 16. Available spaces were more than 70 per cent full in advance. Thanks to our community and sports agency sponsors, each child will receive a gift bag with equipment to help them stay active and other sports-related goodies.
After a long winter, we kicked off the warmer weather by hitting the road with our mobile exhibit trailer as part of our Never Give Up program.
The program and trailer toured schools in the province with SSHF inductee Ted Jaleta who shared his inspiring story with the students. Jaleta fled the Ethiopian Civil War after being shot, imprisoned and tortured before escaping and settling in Canada in 1982.
The Never Give Up program began in 2011 and has featured a number of Saskatchewan sports personalities over the years who have shared their stories of overcoming obstacles and hardships to achieve their success.

The International Sports Heritage Association (ISHA) is a non-profit membership organization established in 1971. The mission of ISHA is to educate, promote and support organizations and individuals engaged in the celebration of sports heritage.

ISHA is currently accepting proposals for website hosting and maintenance services for its website. ISHA moved to a word press site with the help of Command Base in 2016. Since then, we would like to update our web hosting services to seek competitive rates, accessible customer service, with reliable services and the potential to grow.

The purpose of this Request for Proposal (RFP) is to solicit proposals from various organizations; conduct a fair and extensive evaluation based on criteria listed herein; and select
the candidate who will best service ISHA and its needs to support our over 140 member institutions, associates and corporate members.

Click here to view the RFP