We discover and preserve cultural and gender-inclusive sports history through outreach, collaboration and research.
Our museum, library and archives collection, based in Madison, Wisconsin, contains 7,500 unique artifacts and thought-provoking stories that explore the interactions of rugby, sports, culture, and society from 1850-1925.
When it comes to our origin story, it all began with a chance meeting at the New Zealand Rugby Museum in 1983. At that time, the museum co-founder, John Sinclair, challenged us to return home to research and preserve U.S. rugby history. This 35-year journey, rooted in exploring the values of international rugby communities, also expanded into discovering and uplifting the distinct contributions of women and indigenous people.
- NSHC Curator, Robert Buchanan