Saturday, May 21, 2016

Newest hall of fame museum opens, honors professional wrestlers

The newest hall of fame museum in North America opened this week in Wichita Falls, Texas. The Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum is dedicated to the business of pro wrestling.
By my count, there are now 309 hall of fames you can visit in North America, devoted to sports, aviation, music and other passions.
This year’s inductees into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame include Stone Cold Steve Austin and Sgt. Slaughter.
Here are some other halls of fame due to open this year:

Wonders of Wildlife Museum & Aquarium

Scheduled to open sometime this year in Springfield, Missouri, Wonders of Wildlife is a dream project of Johnny Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops and a leading conservationist. Among its many exhibits will be two halls of fame: the International Game Fish Association Fishing Hall of Fame and the National Archery Hall of Fame.
(See Springfield News-Leader article, Bass Pro Shops press release, and Wikipedia entry.)

Basketball Museum of Illinois

Set to open in June, the Basketball Museum of Illinois will be collocated with the Route 66 Transportation Museum in Pontiac, Ill. The Basketball Museum will include the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
(See Bloomington Pantagraph article.)

Trapshooting Hall of Fame and Museum

The Trapshooting Hall Of Fame and Museum is moving to a new home at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources World Shooting and Recreational Complex in Sparta, Illinois. The grand opening of the Hall and Museum will be held in August, according to KFVS 12 in Southern Illinois.)

National Lacrosse Hall of Fame and Museum

The National Lacrosse Hall of Fame and Museum is planning a grand re-opening on Sept. 10-11 at its new location in Sparks, Maryland. It was previously based in Baltimore.

Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum & Entertainment Complex

The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum & Entertainment Complex is expected to open later this year in Midtown Manhattan in the heart of New York City.
(See article by the New York Post.)

Photo: Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum computer mouse pad.

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