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


“Rugby created a generation of leaders with a sense of duty to their country; with a belief in the nobility of hard work, honor, and selflessness; and with a determination to work for the betterment of those less fortunate than themselves.”
— Benita J. Howell, Anthropology Professor Emerita, University of Tennessee


Find out about our organization, mission, methods, and the results of our research and archiving efforts.

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