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.



In 2016, the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates the bobblehead collecting phenomenon with a new exhibit that highlights the many and varied designs and styles of one of the most unique and popular promotional items ever created. Bobblehead promotions help sell out ballparks and arenas around the country. The Reds Hall of Fame and Museum’s bobblehead exhibit highlights the bobblehead craze through the display of a wide array of bobbleheads dating to the introduction of the collectible as a novelty item in the early 1960s.

Bobbleheads come in an almost limitless variety of styles and have featured as subjects athletes, movie and television stars and political figures. The exhibit will feature all of the Cincinnati Reds bobbleheads that have been created as ballpark giveaways dating to the first set that was issued in 2001, plus every bobblehead issued by the Reds Hall of Fame. Along with the Reds bobbleheads, the exhibit will also include a selection of bobbleheads from other Major League teams as well as those from other sports and non-sports bobbleheads. Over 500 different bobbleheads will be on display.

The Reds Hall of Fame’s bobblehead exhibit promises to be a fun and exciting exploration of a most entertaining collectible.

The Super Bowl is the annual championship matchup for the National Football League with the winning team taking home the Lombardi Trophy, one of the most prestigious awards in professional sports. As one of the most watched sporting events in the world each year, the Super Bowl has evolved into more than just a football game. Year-long anticipation of the Super Bowl culminates with two weeks of celebrations that infuse the host region with excitement in the lead-up to the most decisive game of the NFL season between the league’s two best teams. The San Francisco Bay Area served as the host region for Super Bowl 50 with Levi’s® Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers, as the site of the game itself on February 7, 2016. As the NFL’s golden anniversary game, Super Bowl 50 carried with it a standard to pomp and excellence for all facets of the event.

With great fanfare came great expectations for fan fare. Game Day hospitality for VIP fans attending Super Bowl 50 required a certain level of comfort and convenience that incorporated such features as exclusive space, all-inclusive food and beverage, and pre-game entertainment. NFL On Location, the league’s source for event experience and hospitality at the Super Bowl, Pro Bowl, Draft, and International Series games, provided such amenities by offering various hospitality packages for special events taking place around Levi’s Stadium on Super Bowl Sunday. The 49ers Museum presented by Sony was the premier destination for NFL On Location Hospitality. With 20,000 square feet of stadium space dedicated to 49ers education, innovation, and heritage, the Museum was a natural landing spot for the football fans that flock to the Super Bowl every year as well as those coming to cheer on the participating Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos.  Planning began in July 2015 to convert the Museum into a pre- and post-game hospitality space for Super Bowl 50. The Event team from NFL On Location visited the Museum on several occasions and became ever more impressed with the space and how it operated. Since the Museum’s distinctive design projects an ambiance all its own, only a few décor enhancements were added in the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl to get the space ready for the big day. Of the additions made was a black and gold color motif peppered throughout the space using cocktail tables, floral arrangements, and lighting design. Super Bowl 50 logo graphics were applied to glass surfaces to connect the space to the event taking place  on the Levi’s® Stadium field. Much to the appreciation of the Museum staff, the overall character of the Museum and the rich, visual representation of 49ers history were left intact.

Over 700 guests explored the Museum space in the hours before Super Bowl 50 kicked off, enjoying hosted bars and various food stations positioned throughout the Museum’s 11 galleries. Live television feed was projected onto large screens so fans would not miss a minute of the game’s lead-up coverage. The Morabito Theater, which normally shows the 49ers Signature Film, was utilized as a presentation space for former Denver Broncos Tight End and Pro Football Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe to speak about his football career and Super Bowl experiences as an added bonus to the hospitality event’s distinctiveness. Guests took in state-of-the-art technology and exhibits while experiencing all that the Museum had to offer. Though the Museum is steeped in 49ers lore, it is nevertheless an institution of sports heritage that was enjoyed by fans of all affiliations on Super Bowl Sunday. Any football aficionado can appreciate the impact that the San Francisco 49ers franchise has had on the game of football: its origins as one of the first professional clubs on the west coast, storied player, coaches, and executives, unprecedented championship success in the 1980s, and even today with its development  of the most high-tech venue in the NFL. Levi’s® Stadium and the 49ers Museum, the perfect blend of tradition and innovation, was the perfect setting host to Super Bowl 50, the NFL’s milestone game celebrating not only a season of triumph but also fifty years of gridiron achievement.

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.


We are now taking submissions for the  Annual Communication Awards. The ISHA Communication Awards were established to recognize excellence in all ISHA institutional member sports museums, halls of fame or sports heritage organizations regardless of size or budget. Submit your best work with for your chance to earn a coveted ISHY Trophy at the 2015 Annual Conference in Williamsport, Pennsylvania hosted by the World of Little League Museum. Click the link below for an entry form.

ISHA 2015 CommAwards Form

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — The International Sports Heritage Association’s (ISHA) board of directors has voted for the second straight year to expand the grant programs offered to its membership.

ISHA members will now have the opportunity to apply for seven different grants to receive assistance attending the annual conference and for special projects.

The organization will award up to three conference grants that can be worth as much as $1,000 each. There will be a fourth grant opportunity worth up to $2,000 that will be available to a member institution located outside of North America. Those grants are designed to offer financial assistance for a member to attend the annual conference, which this year will be held October 21-23 in Williamsport, Pa. — home of the World of Little League Museum. ISHA will also award two conference registration grants (covering the conference registration fee only) for emerging sports heritage professionals.

Additionally, ISHA will award a $2,000 special projects grant.


2015 Annual Conference

The 2015 ISHA conference will be held in Williamsport, Pa., hosted by the World of Little League Museum.

Click here for the 2015 conference brochure

An invitation from Williamsport

2015 Sponsorship Form

Click here for a 2015 ISHA conference video.

Getting to Williamsport

williamsportThe World of Little League Museum is proud to be hosting the 2015 International Sports Heritage Association Annual Conference this October.

Although Williamsport is not a very populous city, it is well known. Each August, Williamsport (population 29,349) welcomes tens of thousands of fans from around the world to the Little League Baseball World Series.

We’d like to allay any concerns you might have about getting here.
C7 SqNameRedWe have played 68 Little League Baseball World Series tournaments here, hosting hundreds of teams from dozens of countries and 35 U.S. states. In that time, only one team that qualified was not able to make the trip: A team from Berlin, West Germany, during the worst days of the Cold War.

williamsport 3So, we’re confident that if teams of 12-year olds from Uganda, Venezuela, Czech Republic, South Korea and Australia can get here (as they have in just the past few years), you can too.

Williamsport does have an airport: the Williamsport Regional Airport (IPT). There are three or more flights each day to and from Philadelphia, via US Airways. The flight to/from Philadelphia is about an hour, and is normally aboard a 32-seat, twin-engine, medium-range, turboprop airliner.

The airport is located about four miles from Little League International, and three miles from downtown Williamsport. There is a free shuttle provided by the Genetti Hotel, but arrangements should be made in advance. The car rental agencies located in the terminal are Budget, Avis, and National. Others are available off-site.

williamsport2Other airports with regular scheduled jet aircraft flights in close proximity are in State College, Pa. (SCE – 55 miles), Elmira, N.Y. (ELM – 70 miles), Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (AVP – 70 miles) and Harrisburg, Pa. (MDT – 75 miles).

Major “hub” airports within about 3-4 hours driving distance are: Philadelphia (PHL), Newark (EWR), Baltimore/Washington (BWI), Reagan/National (Washington – DCA), Dulles (Washington – IAD), Pittsburgh (PIT), LaGuardia (New York – LGA), and Kennedy (New York – JFK).

You may find that flying into one of the smaller, closer airports (even Williamsport) is not much more expensive than flying into a major hub. Often, it depends upon timing – and the earlier you make plans, the better your chances at a good deal.

If you plan to drive here: The Conference hotel, the Genetti Hotel and Suites, is located at 220 West Fourth Street, Williamsport. Parking for hotel guests is free.

PrintThe World of Little League is located at 525 U.S. Route 15 (known as Montgomery Pike on some GPS systems), 18 miles north of Exit 210 on Interstate 80, in South Williamsport.

Check put a few photos from the 44th ISHA Conference in Nashville.


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