The USGA Museum will host the 2014 African American Golf History Symposium on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The symposium will be held in conjunction with the opening of the Museum’s newest exhibit, “More Than A Game,” which focuses on the creation of African-American golf clubs during the Jim Crow era and their positive impact on communities across the country.

The exhibit’s centerpiece is the story of the late William “Bill” Powell and the Clearview Golf Club. Founded in 1946 in East Canton, Ohio, it is the only public golf course in the United States designed, built and owned by an African American. “More Than A Game” celebrates the contributions of Powell and the other men and women who made sacrifices in an effort to realize their dream of equality on the greens. Also included is a short film produced by Dan Levinson of Moxie Pictures that portrays this inspiring story of passion and social justice. Levinson’s previous work includes the award-winning documentary Uneven Fairways, which premiered on Golf Channel in 2009.

The symposium will feature discussions with Bill Powell’s daughter, Renee Powell, who played on the LPGA Tour for many years and is currently the golf professional at Clearview; 12-time PGA Tour winner Calvin Peete, National Black Golf Hall of Fame member Bill Bishop and United Golfers Association champion Madelyn Turner. Attendees will have an opportunity to view the exhibit in the USGA Museum.

The symposium is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Those interested in attending should R.S.V.P. by contacting the USGA Museum at 908-234-2300, x1057.

Clearview’s existence is a testimonial to the vision, determination and integrity of Powell, who overcame the pervasive prejudice and racism of the period in the pursuit of his dream. Powell, a U.S. Army sergeant in World War II, returned home from Europe and set out to build his own golf course in Ohio. Through his passion and determination, he overcame numerous obstacles to complete the nine-hole course, all while working another full-time job and helping to raise three children. Clearview is just one example of how African Americans have been an integral part of the American golf narrative since the beginning.

Artifacts that chronicle Bill Powell’s life are featured in the exhibit, including childhood photographs, his high school football helmet, dog tags from his military career, and a 1960s routing of Clearview Golf Club as Powell sought to expand the course to 18 holes. Visitors will learn about his humble beginnings, his introduction to golf and the profound impact the game had on his life.

Powell’s family has also been an integral part of Clearview’s legacy. His wife of 56 years, Marcella, chaired the UGA Junior Committee at both the state and national level and ran Clearview’s clubhouse until her death in 1996. Their children continue to work at the club, fostering the ideals set forth by Bill and Marcella. Renee was the second African-American member of the LPGA Tour and currently serves as the head golf professional at Clearview. Larry, who started cutting grass at the course at age 8, is now the course superintendent. In 2001, the Clearview Legacy Foundation was established to preserve the course for future generations, to develop improved facilities for teaching the game of golf, and to expand turfgrass research.

Powell’s Clearview Golf Club was not the only African-American golf institution founded in this era. As part of this exhibit, the USGA is honoring other clubs that made significant contributions to minority golf, including Shady Rest Country Club in Scotch Plains, N.J., home course of John Shippen; Langston Golf Course in Washington, D.C., home of the Wake Robin and the Royals Golf Clubs; and Freeway Golf Course in Sicklerville, N.J., home course of Bill Bishop. Also featured are significant trophies from the United Golfers Association, including the UGA Negro National Open Championship Trophy which was donated by Albert F. Harris in 1935.

During the past decade, the USGA became concerned that the history of minorities in the game, specifically African Americans, was not being actively preserved and was in danger of being lost to future generations. In 2010, the USGA jointly founded the African-American Archive with The PGA of America to address this concern. Utilizing the USGA’s Museum resources, a preservation initiative was begun and today the growing archive houses thousands of documents, hundreds of artifacts and many oral histories. “More Than A Game” is the third exhibit in the USGA Museum since 2010 to celebrate minority golf stories.

NEWPORT, R.I., U.S.A., January 9, 2014 – The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum, in partnership with the Barcelona Olympic Foundation, has opened a special exhibition entitled Tennis and the Olympic Games, which is now on display at the Olympic and Sports Museum Joan Antoni Samaranch in Barcelona, Spain. The exhibit will be on display through April 2014 and it is open to the public. Tennis and the Olympic Games offers a comprehensive look at the most successful tennis Olympians in history, and highlights the appeal of tennis as one of the world’s most international sports. It also details the interesting role that tennis has played in the Games, having gone from a full medal sport to having no presence for many years, and back to a full medal, extremely popular sport in the last several decades.

The organizers gathered with media and Spanish tennis industry leaders for an opening ceremony today in Barcelona. The exhibit is made possible through a unique tennis partnership among the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum, the Barcelona Olympic Foundation, the Spanish Tennis Federation, and the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona – 1899.

“Tennis is one of the world’s most international sports year-round, but when combined with the spirit of the Olympics, the game’s international nature truly shines. The sport has had a rich history within the Olympic movement, and we are delighted for this unique opportunity to showcase tennis’ role in the Games for the fans who visit the Olympic and Sports Museum,” said Hall of Fame President Stan Smith. “The Hall of Fame’s mission is to preserve and celebrate the rich history of tennis, and we are grateful to the Olympic and Sports Museum of Barcelona, and our partners at the Barcelona Olympic Foundation, the Spanish Tennis Federation, and the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona – 1899 for helping us to share this important part of tennis history with an international audience.”

Smith was a speaker at today’s opening ceremony. Joining Smith at the event was José Luis Escañuela, president of the Real Federación Española de Tenis, M. Teresa Fandos, president of the Fundació Barcelona Olímpica, and Albert Agustí, president of the Real Club de Tenis Barcelona-1899.

Hall of Famers Manuel Orantes and Andres Gimeno came out to support the exhibit opening, as did many players. Among those in attendance were Jordi Arrese, who was a silver medalist at Barcelona 1992, José Higueras, Lis Arilla, Jordi Bardou, and Alex Corretja and Albert Costa, doubles bronze medalists from Sydney 2000.

The exhibit features Olympians from many nations, including a full listing of every Olympic and Paralympic tennis medalist in history. There is special emphasis on Spain’s celebrated players, such as Hall of Famer Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Rafael Nadal, Conchita Martinez, and Sergi Bruguera.

Among the highlighted artifacts in the exhibit is a racquet of Andy Murray’s from the 2012 London Games, when he clinched the gold medal before an adoring home crowd at the All England Club. A racquet belonging to London doubles gold medalist Bob Bryan is on display as well.

Highlighting Spain’s great accomplishments in the Games, the exhibit includes memorabilia from Rafael Nadal’s success at Beijing 2008, when he won the gold medal, as well as memorabilia of Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario’s from Atlanta 1996, when she won a silver medal in singles and a bronze in doubles. Spanish players Alex Corretja and Albert Costa contributed their racquets from the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney when they won the bronze medal. In addition, Sergio Casal’s silver medal from the 1988 Games in Seoul is on display. A particularly interesting item in the exhibit is Spaniard Eduardo Flaquer’s scrapbook and racquet from the 1924 Olympic Games, which was the last year that tennis was a medal sport until 1988.

Fans will be able to read about historic victories, such as Steffi Graf’s 1988 Gold Medal, which made her the first person, and the only person to date, to achieve the Golden Slam (all four majors and the Olympic gold medal in one year). Guests will also take away some interesting tennis facts; for example, who would have guessed that the 1900 champion would have won a coffee and liqueur serving table as his Olympic prize, or that some years there were both indoor and outdoor tennis events contested?

The exhibit also showcases the Paralympic Games, highlighting how eight competitors from five nations showed off their skills at the 1988 Seoul Olympics in a convincing demonstration that propelled wheelchair tennis to a full medal sport at Barcelona in 1992.

Imagery throughout the exhibit showcases great moments from the Games, including the unstoppable Williams sisters, who have captured three gold medals in doubles and one each in singles; the extraordinary wheelchair tennis champion Esther Vergeer, who has won five Paralympic gold medals (3 in singles, 2 in doubles); and the overjoyed Andy Murray, from the moment he captured gold before his home crowd at the Olympics in London in 2012.

The Olympic and Sports Museum Juan Antonio Samaranch is managed by the Barcelona Olympic Foundation. Through changing exhibits and interactive displays, the museum showcases how the qualities of sports transcend all cultures and places special emphasis on the Olympic spirit.

Located in Newport, Rhode Island, USA, the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history of tennis, honoring its greatest champions and leaders, and inspiring the future of the sport. The Hall of Fame operates an extensive museum that highlights the history of tennis from its 12th century origins through present-day, as well as the fascinating life stories of the game’s greatest athletes and industry contributors. The museum’s collection features vintage tennis equipment, video highlights and iconic photos, tennis apparel ranging from Victorian dresses to modern fashions, tennis inspired paintings and fine arts, and memorabilia from remarkable moments as recent as the current-year Grand Slams. Changing exhibits and special exhibitions, similar to Tennis and the Olympic Games are displayed year-round in the museum.

The November 2013 ISHA Newsletter is now available. The pages are posted as JPEG images and need to be clicked on and blown up for viewing.

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The International Sports Heritage Association (ISHA) is pleased to announce its 2013 Communication Award winners. The 11 winners were presented the ISHY trophy Oct. 17 during the Evening of Champions dinner at the group’s annual conference hosted by the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in Denver, CO.

“ISHA member institutions strive to engage and communicate with their sport heritage community and the annual awards showcase some of the best examples in our industry,” ISHA Awards Committee Chairperson Paula Homan said. “The 2013 Communication Award winners earn an ISHY trophy and the opportunity to leverage that win into some well-deserved attention within their market.”
The 2013 ISHY winners are:

  • Pro Football Hall of Fame for their 50th Anniversary Book, Where Greatness Lives
  • National College Baseball Hall of Fame for Night of Champions 2013 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Awards Show
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame for its 2013-14 Yearbook
  • National College Baseball Hall of Fame for College Diamonds,The Official Magazine of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Melbourne Cricket Club for The Yorker: Journal of the Melbourne Cricket Club Library
  • Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame for Joe Morgan Statue Donation Brochure
  • The Sports Museum of New England for Boston vs. Bullies Educational Program
  • Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame for Induction 2012 Mixed Media Campaign
  • Bobby Orr Hall of Fame for 10th Anniversary Induction Event Opening Video
  • Babe Ruth Birthplace for O Say Can You See: The Star Spangled Banner in Sports
  • Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame for WBHOF Website:

Bob Kisken is a retired teacher from Ann Arbor, Mich., that does ranch, farm and rodeo photography as a hobby. He recently donated his photo collection  to the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs. The collection includes 40 clown photographs and a total of 317 rodeo shots.

The museum is displaying many of the images in an exhibit that will remain open through September. It’s opening in July coincided with the induction of five new members into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, including four-time PRCA Bullfighter of the Year Joe Baumgartner. He was joined by world champion steer roper John Bowman, world champion bareback rider Chuck Logue, world champion saddle bronc rider Kenny McClean and Rex “Bud” Kerby, whose family operated Bar T Rodeo Company and supplied stock for the NFR virtually every year since 1960. The post-conference activity at this year’s ISHA conference in Denver features a visit to the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame. Log onto

A new, state-of-the-art building dedicated to the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame has been announced by founder/president Greg Marecek.

Marecek, Founders Club chairman Dr. Rick Lehman and the board of directors presented a rendering of the visionary new downtown structure.  “For the city of St. Louis, this hall of fame will be a major new attraction that brings St. Louis’ esteemed history and spirit of sport onto a national stage,” Marecek said. “It will be a boon to tourism and a magnet for local groups and tours as it will constantly be hosting special events.”

Construction activity is underway for Cardinals Nation and the new St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum. The museum and hall of fame will occupy almost 8,000 square feet on the second floor.

The museum design process is in full swing. The baseball offseason won’t be much of an offseason for the Cardinals museum team as it sets to open the doors to the new venue in April of 2014.

The seating decks visible in the photo to the right on the rooftop and third floor will offer a great view into the ballpark for 320 fans per game. Fans that purchase a ticket to watch a game from those seats will receive admission to the museum as part of their all-inclusive experience.