Celebrate 60 Years With Us!
The year 2017 will mark the 60th Anniversary of the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.
In 1957, the "Alberta Amateur Sports Hall of Fame" was founded by the Alberta Branch of Athletic Union of Canada. The following year of 1958 welcomed the first inductees and Honoured Members — Charles Cheesman, George Sutherland, Hugh Sloan, and Wilf Greaves. In the beginning, the Hall of Fame only recognized seven sports including; track and field, boxing, wrestling, weightlifting, fencing, handball, and gymnastics. The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame now recognizes over 50 sports.
The first display was created in 1964 at the Molson's Edmonton House. After the long journey moving the Hall of Fame around the province for years, we are proud to now have a permanent facility located on the west side of Red Deer, Alberta.
The 60th Anniversary Celebrations will bring together many of our Honoured Members at the annual Induction Banquet, held on Friday, May 26 in Red Deer. This will be a time to celebrate the men and women who have distinguished themselves as pioneers, athletes, and builders of sport in Alberta.
We will also be celebrating our 25th Anniversary Golf Tournament fundraiser on August 10th at the Innisfail Golf course. We invite everyone to enjoy a day on the course with our Honoured Members.
There will be Special Events held throughout the year to celebrate and honour our accomplishments over the past 60 years.
Treasured Memory - Submitted by Hugh McPherson
"I think the greatest memory I have as a past director relates to the people in this province that have helped to preserve our story. Sport is an integral part of who we are as a province. It is intrinsic to the fabric of our culture. By looking at our past and celebrating our present, we can focus on building our future. Because of volunteers with vision, governments with foresight, and staff with commitment, we are able to share our rich history with future generations. So when I think of the evolution of the ASHFM, I reflect on the people who made it happen. Yes, we celebrate the achievements of the elite who provide examples of excellence, but we must also recognize all those in the background who support the vision confirming that the preservation of our Province's sport history has significance and purpose."
The Alberta Amateur Sports Hall of Fame was founded by the Alberta Branch of the Amateur Athletic Union of Canada (A.A.U.C.)
Dissolution of the A.A.U. of C. meant that the Alberta Amateur Sports Hall of Fame would now be administered by Sport Alberta, through its Board of Directors.
Under the stimulus of the forthcoming 75th Anniversary of the Province, program objectives were broadened by Sport Alberta to begin to honour all outstanding Alberta Athletes, amateur or professional, and to begin to collect memorabilia which reflected the whole of Alberta's sporting heritage.
Celebrating Alberta's 75th Anniversary, the newly named “Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum” inducted forty-six athletes and builders, including professional athletes for the first time.
A contest was held and a logo was chosen from over 120 submissions. The design shows the athlete supported by the Alberta Mountains, reaching for the flame of triumph. The two halves of the design symbolize the two aspects of the ASHFM - Hall of Fame and Sport Museum.
Informal conversations were first held with the Premier regarding a permanent home for the Hall of Fame. The Program mandate was altered to regulate the number of inductees honoured each year to a maximum of seven.
The 25th Anniversary of the Hall of Fame was celebrated with 300 people in attendance at the Induction Banquet.
The ASHFM became a Standing Committee of the Alberta Sport Council on February 1, newly formed Alberta Sports.
The Alberta Sport Council announced that Red Deer would become the new and permanent home for the ASHFM once funds were raised to build, equip, and endow it.
An act of legislation resulted in a merger of the Alberta Sport Council with the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation. The ASHFM remained as a program of the Foundation.
The ASHFM relocated from Calgary to the Red Deer Provincial Building on October 1.
The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum was incorporated as a charitable society February 26, 1997.
Governed by a Board of Directors, the Hall of Fame and Museum Society continued to fundraise to build a new and permanent home in Red Deer.
May 22, the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum officially broke ground towards building a permanent home in Red Deer.
July, the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum moves to its new permanent location by Heritage Ranch in Red Deer.
After a tender process was held, the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame & Museum officially opened May 26. Founder Willard Brooks, Edmonton Grad Margaret (MacBurney) Vasheresse, and Chairman Orest Korbutt cut the ceremonial ribbon at the QE2 highway location. Almost 1000 people attended the Induction Banquet.
The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum underwent a large expansion project to add on a new collections facility in the back of the building and create two new galleries Ice & Snow – The Spirit of Winter; and the Hockey Alberta Hall of Fame.
Added new Virtual Sports System Interactive to replace the Top Shot Hockey. Can now try and play 5 different sports.
Created an Alberta Centennial Traveling display.
The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates its 50th Anniversary.
Produced a video titled Celebrating 50 Years of ASHFM.
Installed new flooring in the Lobby.
Putting green & Treadwall Climbing interactive installed.
Great Moments of Sport History Theatre underwent renovations to create the "Great Moments in Alberta Sports” Mural on the walls. Thank you to the Edmonton Knights of Columbus Hockey Association for their donations.
Launched the Alberta Sports History Library website as a comprehensive resource for the history of sports in Alberta.
Created the Resource Library as a place for the public to do research on sports in Alberta.
Updated sponsor wall in the Lobby, including new TV and speakers to greet guests at the start of their visit.