Photo courtesy Historica Canada
Our public engagements generally focus on increasing awareness of the heritage and history of American rugby and other collegiate sports, with a focus on uplifting contributions made by women and indigenous people.
We also travel nationally, with choice artifacts from the NSHC collection for mobile installations at games, tournaments and events.
Mobile Museum INSTALLATIONS
Pop-up Museum at USA Rugby Club 7s National Championships
The USA Rugby Emirates Airline Club 7s National Championship is the premier domestic sevens tournament, and has been the launching point for many Eagles and Olympians to get on the national radar, including Perry Baker, Maka Unufe, Ben Pinkelman, Kelly Griffin, Kathryn Johnson, Jessica Javelet, and Taku 'Zee' Ngwenya. A majority of the Olympians who went to Rio 2016 have also played at the Club 7s National Championships - including a handful who've made 5+ appearances.
In 2017, NSHC, was invited by USA Rugby to set up a featured mobile museum in the fan zone of the Club 7s National Championship.
In terms of engagement, people of all ages, genders and backgrounds stopped in for long, meaningful conversations, well-beyond a glance at the artifacts. Women sports history, indigenous sports history and the items related to early Olympics drew the most interest by far.
Pop-up Museum for the USA Rugby National Championships
In 2014, Madison, and the nine teams that form Madison United Rugby, hosted the USA Rugby Emirates Airlines Senior Club National Championships at Breese Stevens Field, May 31 – June 1.
The Championships included single match battles for three divisions of men’s senior club rugby and two divisions of women’s senior club rugby to determine the nation’s best teams.
We, at NHSC, created a pop-up museum that was co-located at an opening reception event, focused on visioning multi-purpose rugby facilities of the future.
Madison’s rugby community reaches back more than 50 years and spans nine teams, and locally the sport has quietly built up a tradition of success and camaraderie for players of all ages.
The World in Union (New Zealand) Conference
GLOBAL SUMMIT, 2017
Palmerston North, New Zealand
In 2017, NSHC curator Robert Buchanan and museum advisors Bob Jafferis and Don Becker were selected to present at The World in Union (New Zealand) Conference in New Zealand.
Hosted by Massey University, the event brought together an international array of academics, practitioners and educators with expertise in the field of rugby union, and took place at the New Zealand Rugby Museum and Sport & Rugby Institute. Dates coincided with the New Zealand Lions Series 2017 with an extended opportunity for conference delegates to travel to Wellington on July 1st for those planning to attend the All Blacks vs The British & Irish Lions live at Westpac Stadium.
Topics we presented:
- Development of Multi-Purpose Sports Facilities - Education & Sports Tourism
- The Value of Oral Traditions in Sports History
The World in Union: "Rugby Past, Present & Future"
Global Summit, 2015
In 2015, NSHC curator Robert Buchanan was selected to present an overview of the growing collection in Madison, Wis. and to share goals and intentions for impact.
What we've accomplished
- Over an 8-year period we conducted research through site visits at leading rugby museums, art museums, cultural museums, sports museums throughout the nation and the world
- This has lead to building long-term relationships, knowledge sharing and partnerships with places like the New Zealand Rugby Museum, the World Rugby Museum, and the Wisconsin State Historical Society
- We continue to discover, salvage, catalog and preserve important artifacts that are in danger of permanent erasure, due to a lack of knowledge and the realities of time and decay
- This includes uplifting and supporting the reclamation of stories, contributions and accomplishments of voices previously ignored in history, and intentionally making our collection cultural and gender-inclusive