Since 1980, the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame has been committed to honoring and preserving the sports history of Chautauqua County. Thanks to the generosity of local residents donating invaluable pieces of sports memorabilia, the Hall of Fame has needed to expand into an additional room at 15-17 W. Third St. A grant from the Axel W. Carlson Memorial Fund, administered by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, assisted in acquiring the extra space.
According to Randy Anderson, CSHOF president, the organization has a wonderful collection of memorabilia dating back to the late 1930s and ranging from baseball to stock car racing and everything in between. The additional room will be converted to a work room and will serve as a meeting space for the Hall of Fame's board of directors. The old meeting room will be converted to a display area, complete with slot walls to display new items.
"The hall of fame has developed a need for additional storage and display space," Anderson said. "Particularly, the large and historically valuable collections of Russ Diethrick and Greg Peterson are problematic without additional space."
Mark Barger, Chautauqua Region Community Foundation Field of Interest Grant Committee member, and Randy Anderson, Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame president, are pictured with a lease agreement to expand the Hall of Fame located at 15-17 W. Third St. The additional space will allow for more displays of local sports history.
Anderson hopes that by increasing the display space, visitors will be inspired to keep coming back as displays are rotated and new items are added.
"(The Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame) has a prime location on the 50-yard line of Jamestown," Anderson said. "It doesn't get any better than that."