In a session led by the 49ers EDU Program, focusing on STEAM concepts, attendees were challenged to build an exhibit case using little more than pipe cleaners and rulers. The Stadium’s Director of Engineering highlighted the sustainable features of the LEED Gold facility, and shared what happens when you flush 1,100 toilets at the same time! The team’s Director of PREP (youth) initiatives and Fan Engagement got up pumped up about the 49ers hands-on work with young athletes.
The conference sessions presented by ISHA members offered practical advice and showcased excellence in programming, exhibit development and collections management. The impact of members’ innovation and passion is truly inspirational!
A special “Mistakes Were Made” confessional session allowed members to console each other, laugh about and learn from the mishaps, gaffes and unfortunate occurrences that are sometimes part of museum work. The Open Forum was a great opportunity to share insights about best practices, crowd-source solutions for our institutions, and brainstorm ways to enhance the ISHA experience.
Keynote presentations by 49ers legend Keenah Turner and San Jose State head coach Brent Brennan highlighted lessons in leadership and teamwork – lessons that resonate with our own efforts as sports heritage professionals.
The Evening of Champions Celebration was a reminder of the power of sport. Honors were presented to our ISHY Award winners, as well as the inaugural Legacy Award, recognizing Lou Spadia, former San Francisco 49ers President and founder of the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame. Lou’s family, along with Kevin O’Brien current BASHOF president and CEO, recalled Lou’s commitment to honoring sports heritage and inspiring young people to participate in sports.
As always, the camaraderie during breaks, meals and social events demonstrated the strong value of ISHA membership and the partnerships formed between museum professionals, designers, and vendors.
By ISHA Member – Michelle Eisenberg, Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts