The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton is now a nationally accredited museum. It’s the first major sports hall of fame to hold that designation.
Hall of Fame Executive Director Joe Horrigan says it has taken four years of planning and a year of review and evaluation by the Alliance, but the accreditation is worth it. “It challenged us to bring ourselves up to the highest standards possible for best practices in a museum. And we achieved that. It’s a rigorous process. But it reinforces our commitment really; to making sure that we maintain a level of professionalism that is expected of a first class museum.”
Horrigan says part of the reason for working toward the accreditation-- which is only awarded to about 3% of American museums--is the pending 100th anniversary of the founding of National Football League in Canton.