January 15, 2019 by: Keith Hansen
Gridiron Glory Exhibit in Appleton Extended to March 31st!
The History Museum at the Castle recently announced the Gridiron Glory exhibit has been extended through March 31, 2019. The Museum, open Tuesday - Sunday 11:00am-4:00pm (except on major holidays), is just two short blocks from the Franklin Street Inn Bed and Breakfast in downtown Appleton, WI.
Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame tells the history of professional football and features interactive experiences, rare artifacts from the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, and exclusive footage from NFL Films. This is the most extensive and comprehensive touring exhibition featuring America’s most popular sport. Organized by the Pro Football Hall of Fame in association with NFL Films, the exhibit presents the story of professional football from its humble beginnings in the late 19th century to the cultural phenomenon it is today. The exhibit is a cornerstone event in the multi-year celebration of the Hall of Fame’s 50th anniversary and brings together an extraordinary collection of artifacts, while creating an unforgettable interactive experience.
A "Home Town Tribute" area showcases the Green Bay Packers' legendary players and storied history. This exhibition visits Appleton in conjunction with the Green Bay Packers' 100th anniversary. The blockbuster exhibition features a customized area showcasing Wisconsin's own home team, the Green Bay Packers!
Image courtesy of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Artifacts include such storied objects as:
- A Super Bowl trophy
- Football and leather helmet dating to the early origins of the game
- 1917 game ball used by Jim Thorpe and the Canton Bulldogs
- Collections from the first Super Bowl
- Johnny Unitas’ jersey
- Saints kicker Tom Dempsey’s famous shoe created for his half foot
- Mean Joe Greene’s helmet
- Turf (and other objects) from the “Immaculate Reception” game
- Plus fascinating artifacts that tell the stories of Red Grange, Bart Starr, Dick Butkus, Joe Namath, Tom Landry, Joe Montana, John Elway, and many other superstars of the game.
The football experience is brought to life by a wide range of hands-on interactive experiences. Visitors can test their knowledge in an ‘NFL Instant Replay’ multi-media interactive or suit up in a ‘try-it-on’ equipment area. Step into the action, join the huddle, make the call, or experience football of another era. Explore the connection of football and science, history, culture and more through both the highly entertaining experiences and the interactive displays that allow visitors to enjoy this great exhibit.
330 E College Ave, Appleton, WI 54911