Hall Of Fame Museums

Hall Of Fame Museums

by Victor J. Danilov
     
 

The first comprehensive overview of hall of fame museums and exhibits, this work traces the history, examines and compares the facilities, exhibits, and operations, and describes 274 halls of fame in over 100 fields in the United States and 10 other countries. The information is based on recently compiled surveys. More than half of the museums and exhibits are in

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The first comprehensive overview of hall of fame museums and exhibits, this work traces the history, examines and compares the facilities, exhibits, and operations, and describes 274 halls of fame in over 100 fields in the United States and 10 other countries. The information is based on recently compiled surveys. More than half of the museums and exhibits are in the area of sports, but others range from aviation and space to cockroaches. Of interest to high school, college, university, and public libraries for their popular culture/travel reference shelves. A great source for vacations, each entry provides the address, telephone number, hours, and admission fees as well as content, operations, and more.

The hall of fame movement began in Europe several centuries ago with memorials to national heroes and other illustrious persons. But it was not until the 20th century that the contemporary hall of fame movement honoring outstanding achievers in particular fields received its impetus and attained its greatest success in the United States. Other countries covered in the book include Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Israel, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, and Singapore. Not all halls of fame are in museums. Other places include civic centers, sports arenas, government buildings, universities, and racetracks.

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Library Journal
Since the first European memorials centuries ago, halls of fame have steadily gained popularity, and they have sprung up in museums, civic centers, sports arenas, government buildings, and universities around the world. Danilov (museum management, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder; University and College Museums, Galleries, and Related Facilities, Greenwood, 1996) profiles 274 halls of fame in 11 countries. Sports claim most of the entries, but nonsport sites are also included. Entries provide address, phone number, hours, fees, a brief history, and a description of contents. A geographical guide and lengthy introductory chapters chronicling the history and development of the hall of fame make this an exhaustive reference on a subject not covered in traditional museum directories. Highly recommended to supplement museum and travel directories in public and academic library reference collections. (Index not seen.)Kelli N. Perkins, Herrick P.L., Holland, Mich.
Booknews
Traces the history of hall of fame museums and exhibits, and describes 274 halls of fame in the US and in 10 other countries. More than half of the museums highlight achievements in sports, but others celebrate everything from Barbies to the circus. Entries provide contact information and admission fees for each museum as well as descriptions of its history and content. Useful for high school, college, university, and public libraries. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313300004
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/30/1997
Pages:
290
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.81(d)

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