Sunday, July 9, 2017

Halls of fame planned for railroads, bass fishing, bobbleheads, skydiving and luge

Even though there are over 370 halls of fame you can visit in North America, plans are underway to add dozens more.
What follows is a list of halls of fame that are in the planning stages, some further along than others.

The National Railroad Hall of Fame hopes to build an attraction in Galesburg, Illinois. (See website and Facebook page.)
Confusing matters, there’s already a National Railroad Museum and Hall of Fame in Hamlet, North Carolina, and a National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin.


The Bass Fishing Hall of Fame is planning to build an attraction in Cullman, Ala. It has hired Acrylic Tank Manufacturing (ATM) of Las Vegas, Nevada, to construct a 36,000-gallon freshwater aquarium at the site. ATM is the subject of the Animal Planet television show “Tanked.” (See website and Facebook page.)

A group of aviation enthusiasts wants to build an Ohio Aviation Hall of Fame at the base of the proposed Triumph of Flight monument in Dayton, Ohio. It would honor Ohio aviation and space pioneers, such as Dayton airplane inventors Orville and Wilbur Wright, and astronauts John Glenn and Neil Armstrong.
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton currently houses the National Aviation Hall of Fame, but Ohio doesn’t have a state-specific museum. (See articles by the Dayton Daily News and US News & World Report.)

The Rhode Island Aviation Hall of Fame is working to create an attraction using the decommissioned USS John F. Kennedy aircraft carrier. It would serve as a museum and a memorial. (See website and Facebook page.)


Speaking of Rhode Island, the tiny state also hopes to build a Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame. (See website.)

The New Jersey Hall of Fame has a mobile trailer of exhibits, but is hoping to get a permanent location. The 2017 class of inductees included author Mary Higgins Clark, TV talk show host Kelly Ripa, two-time Olympic gold-medal winning soccer player Carli Lloyd, and rapper Wyclef Jean. (See website.)


Sticking with the state theme, two Western states are hoping to build cowboy halls of fame.
The Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame wants to preserve the state’s rich working cowboy and ranching history with a museum. (See website.)
The Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center wants to create “the state’s premier destination attraction that celebrates and passes forward Montana’s unique western culture and heritage.” (See website.)

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum has had temporary exhibits but hopes to open permanent location in 2017. (See website and Facebook page.)


The Chicago Culinary Museum & Chefs Hall of Fame also is looking to build an attraction. (See website and Facebook page.)

The International Skydiving Museum & Hall of Fame has a goal of building a museum that will draw visitors locally and from around the world. The organization is based in Fredericksburg, Virginia. (See website and Facebook page.)


The Ultimate Hall of Fame was established in 2004 to honor the greats in the team sport involving flying discs. The game was originally called ultimate Frisbee, based on the trademarked plastic throwing disc.
“Although the Ultimate Hall of Fame remains a ‘virtual’ hall for the time being, the long-range goal is to establish a permanent site by 2018, the 50th anniversary of the founding of the sport,” USA Ultimate says. “In the meantime, the inductees are currently honored with a plaque at the USA Ultimate headquarters building in Boulder, Colo.” (See website.)

The USA Luge Hall of Fame was announced in December. Organizers hope to find a location in Lake Placid, N.Y., to house the hall of fame. (See article by ESPN.)


Other physical halls of fame in the works for sports include the College Baseball Hall of Fame, USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame Museum, African American Golfers Hall of Fame, Latin American International Sports Hall of Fame, Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, Florida Boxing Hall of Fame, Canadian Ski Hall of Fame and Museum, and the Canadian Sailing Hall of Fame.

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