June 22 @ 2pm EST

Join us for this Hot Topic session with Associate Member Cary Smith on working with photograph Collections.

Working with sports collections, we have all come across photographs with no context. In most cases, they go back into storage to be forgotten until a patron requests them. However, what if we reexamine these mysterious unknown photographs with a focus on the small details? The small details can often provide new information that presents valuable leads. If we follow up on those leads with further research, we may unlock the story of the who, what where, and when of the photograph.

Using historical sports photographs, I will demonstrate how small details and proper research can enrich a photograph collection. First, we will look at some commonly overlooked details in photographs to find hidden secrets. Then, with the help of a few highlighted digital resources we will learn to interpret the new information. Finally, a few tips and techniques will be mentioned to aid in research that is photograph specific.

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The ISHA Board of Directors is seeking proposals to host the 2024 conference. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact ISHA Executive Administrator Shane Mailman at [email protected] for assistance putting their proposals together.

Submitting a Proposal

Potential hosts should send an electronic to [email protected]

Proposals should include the following information:

  • The year of the ISHA Annual Conference to be hosted.
  • Applicant institution name, address, contact person, phone, fax, and e-mail.
  • Contact person’s signature and date, certifying the accuracy of the information.
  • Available and suggested conference dates.
  • Access to the city (by airlines, rail, auto, etc.) to the hotel accommodations and meeting sites (by local taxi, bus, host shuttle, auto, etc.).
  • Accommodations arrangements with a local hotel, including description of the property and rooms, projected room rate, amenities and features of the hotel, hospitality suite accommodations, etc.
  • Meeting facilities including registration area, rooms for educational sessions and board/committee meetings, space for annual banquet, trade show space, Internet access, etc.
  • Social and tour opportunities including area attractions and sites suitable for a conference tour.
  • Available conference support including applicant institution’s staff and volunteer capabilities, community support and possible support of other ISHA members in the area.
  • History of conference hosting – experience in hosting ISHA or other conferences.

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the ISHA office for assistance in creating their proposals.

ISHA will be responsible for:

  • Assisting in the preparation of the event budget for presentation to the board.
  • Assisting in the creating, printing, and mailing of a Conference Brochure to ISHA members and other potential participants.
  • Receiving and processing all registration forms and trade show booth reservations.
  • Receiving any other conference income, such as sponsorships.
  • Creating name tags for all registrants.
  • Planning the elements of the registration packets and producing some of the original documents for the packets (to be copied and assembled by the host).
  • Providing print ready materials for the Conference Handbook. (The host will arrange to print and produce the Handbook locally.)
  • Producing all handouts for the Annual General Meeting (the business meeting), such as minutes, budget, etc. (The host will arrange to have these copied locally.).
  • Creating and processing conference evaluation forms.
  • Paying all authorized invoices and bills associated with the conference.
  • Writing and mailing conference-related thank you letters as determined by Conference Committee.

Celebrating the trailblazers of the women’s game and chronicling the history of their remarkable journey. Explore an immersive compilation of artifacts and memorabilia showcasing the over century-long history of women in hockey from the rise of the game in the 1890s, post WWII re-emergence, mainstream triumphs and modern-day barrier breakers. The women’s hockey story – experience it now, only at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The Women’s Hockey Story – explore the artifacts and stories spotlighting key individuals and teams for their contributions to the game, including:

  • Preston Rivulettes superstar Hilda Ranscombe’s sweater, gloves and socks – in the 1930s, this dynasty team played 350 games, only losing two and tying three
  • Bev Beaver’s 1975 Burlington Ladies jersey. Beaver, who is Mohawk from Six Nations Reserve, played competitive hockey for over four decades and was the COWHL’s leading scorer in 1967 and 1972
  • Cammi Granato’s (HHOF 2010) Olympic torch used in the lead up to USA looking to defend their gold at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics
  • Finnish goaltender Noora Raty’s jersey worn during the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship where she backstopped the Finns to a victory in the semi-final against Canada, becoming the first team besides Canada and the United States to play for gold

The game’s greatest stage is well represented throughout the Hall. Here are just a few highlights:

  • Jocelyne Lamoureux’s stick used for shootout goal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games to give the United States their first gold medal since 1998 (World of Hockey, Olympic Display)
  • The ‘Lucky Loonie’, discovered by the Canadian Women’s Team after they captured their first Olympic gold medal in 2002 (World of Hockey, Olympic Display)
  • Riikka Sallinen’s (HHOF 2022) jersey from the 1998 where she led the tournament with 12 points and lead Finland to the first-ever Olympic bronze medal for Women’s Ice Hockey (New Inductee Showcase, Spirit of Hockey)

IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship artifacts from the inaugural 1990 tournament to present day including:

  • Marie-Philip Poulin’s OT gold medal winning goal stick, Hilary Knight’s jersey and Alina Muller’s helmet (IIHF Year in Review)
  • Manon Rhéaume’s Canada mask worn from 1992-94 as a member of two gold medal winning teams (The Mask presented by Import Dragons)
  • Jayna Hefford’s (HHOF 2018) yellow-accented Canada jersey for cancer awareness and Angela James’ (HHOF 2010) pink Canada sweater (World of Hockeyand Women’s Hockey – Celebrating Excellence)
  • The trophy plate presented to Canada after winning gold at the first IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship played in Ottawa, Ontario in 1990 (World of Hockeyand Women’s Hockey – Celebrating Excellence)

Explore our collection of artifacts covering NCAA and U Sports to the defunct CWHL, original NWHL, WWHL and COWHL to the PHF and PWHPA, including:

  • Jerseys worn by superstars Cassie Campbell, Julie Chu, Angela James (HHOF 2010), Geraldine Heaney (HHOF 2013) and more (throughout museum)
  • Julie Chu’s stick used at Harvard and helmet worn by Hilary Knight at the University of Wisconsin are highlights among other NCAA and U Sports artifacts (Changing Face of Hockeyand Road to the Top)
  • Pucks from the 2018 Clarkson Cup Championship that saw the Markham Thunder defeat the Kunlun Red Star in overtime to top the CWHL season (Changing Face of Hockey)
  • Lesley Reddon’s mask worn from 1989-96. Reddon would go on to be a member of Canada’s first Women’s Olympic team, taking silver in 1998 (The Mask presented by Import Dragons)

2023 ISHA Conference Hosted by the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America

September 27-28, 2023

Details for the upcoming conference in Daytona Beach, FL have been released, including pre-conference trip, hotel information and schedule.

5 Things to Know About the Conference:
  1. Conference Hotel: We’ll be staying at The Shores Resort and Spa, right on the beach so don’t forget to pack your bathing suit!
  2. Early Bird Registration: For ISHA and CASH members, early bird registration is $400 until July 28th, after which registration is $500.  Register Now!
  3. Pre Conference Tour: Join us for a VIP Tour of the Daytona International Speedway and NASCAR Archives & Research Center where you’ll have the chance to sign your name on the finish line!
  4. Sponsorship Opportunities: A variety of sponsorship opportunities are available for our Associate Members, ranging from presenting sponsor down to the Founder’s Fund t-shirt fundraising partner.
  5. Our Hosts: The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America is located at the Daytona International Speedway and is stocked with vehicles, artifacts and memorabilia honoring their inductees, whose achievements often span more than one of the motorsports disciplines they honor – car racing, boat racing and airplane racing among them.

Planning for the 2023 ISHA Conference hosted by the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America is well underway, and we are now accepting proposals for conference sessions.

Sessions can cover a variety of subjects: collections, curation, education, fundraising, marketing, memberships, operations, programming, technology, sales, and beyond.

When putting together your proposal, please consider the following:

    • Opportunities to make it hands on and/or interactive
    • Practical application of the information and engaging a range of institution types, sizes, budgets, etc.

Click the following link to submit your proposal https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd0ctJMn6hR_4_dW_RnnKdi9XfTwGc5wT_HUGa1lBjDzwSPmw/viewform

Completed proposals are due no later than Friday, April 12, 2023.

Questions can be directed to [email protected]

Share Your Favorite Artifacts with ISHA

As a way to get to know the ISHA board members a bit better, the social media team has undertaken the task of showing more objects from each of their own institutional collections.  We would like to extend that invitation to the rest of our membership!

Each week, an individual from ISHA’s member organizations will highlight their personal favorite artifact and tell its story.  Accompanying the photo(s) of that item will be a paragraph or two describing what the object is and why it is significant. We’ll be sharing them from our social platforms on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Would you like to tell everyone about a special piece in your organization’s collection?  Have a cool story to tell about someone and an object that helps to tell that story?  We would love to share it!  Please send your photos and a brief description to Jeffrey Cottrell at [email protected] so we can highlight your favorite artifact!

Digital Transitions 2022 Highlights

It’s been an exciting year for the Digital Transitions team as we have continued to provide end-to-end digitization solutions and services to a vast number of different institutions and industries. In 2022 we:

    • Attended and presented at the 2022 ISHA Conference in Green Bay, WI
    • Installed digitization equipment at over 55 institutions domestically and internationally, including at the NASA, Iron Mountain, Broadcast Solutions Middle East, the US Marine Corps, The Smithsonian Institution, Disney, Bonhams, Sony Picture Entertainment, The Swiss National Library and University of West Australia
    • Digitized 3-dimensional telephones, phone booths, and related paraphernalia for the Verizon corporation
    • Conducted a programmatic full-scale digitization operation for the entire Cape Cod Museum of Art Fine Art and Sculpture Collection
    • Concluded a multi-year film and glass plate negative collection digitization project for the Estonian National Archives that included an AI implementation to enhance descriptive metadata.
    • Implemented Artificial Intelligence (AI) image and text analysis as well as OCR for printed and handwritten text for The HistoryMakers organization and a number of other institutions

And much, much more….

To learn more about how we can help your organization leverage your legacy assets and make the most of your sports heritage collection through digitization, contact us at [email protected]. If you would like to receive more information about our projects mentioned or our product and service offerings, subscribe to our newsletter at https://pixelacuity-digitaltransitions.com/sports-organizations/

Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame Inducted 2022 Class on November 19

The Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame’s 2022 Induction Night took place on Saturday, November 19th at the Halifax Convention Centre. This year the NSSHF enshrined the following inductees: Olympic snowboarder and Canadian Champion Sarah Conrad, NHL player and Stanley Cup winner Jon Sim, three-time Paralympic medalist and two-time World Champion sailor Paul Tingley, the 1994 Dalhousie Women’s CIAU-Championship-winning soccer team, CIAU-Championship-winning hockey coach Tom Coolen, and Olympic paddling coach Csom Latorovszki.

Induction Night was attended by an audience of more than 600 people—a record turnout for recent years—and the event was broadcast live by Eastlink Community TV. A recording of the broadcast can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/xBBRlIUP_Tk