Sunday, February 14, 2016
Halls of fame in North America: a comprehensive list
I like the idea of celebrating the best of the best in any sport, art, profession or industry.
There are physical halls of fame – such as the Baseball Hall of Fame, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and NASCAR Hall of Fame – and halls of fame that don’t yet have a physical presence or will always be virtual.
I put together a Google map showing all of the halls of fame in North America that have physical locations. These include dedicated halls, standing exhibits at museums and hallways with plaques.
The map includes over 300 halls of fame in the U.S. and Canada. (Let me know if I missed any.)
There are national halls of fame (often the U.S. and Canada have separate halls), as well as state and metropolitan halls. A few claim to be international halls.
A large share of the halls of fame are devoted to sports. Music and aviation are other big categories for halls of fame.
There are so many halls of fame that I once suggested that there be a Hall-of-Fame Hall of Fame to honor the best halls of fame.
Photo: Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. (Photo from Wikimedia Commons.)