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Father’s Day Gift Ideas for the Sports Fan


With Fathers Day right around the corner, I thought I’d share with you some great opportunities at the Virginia Historical Society (VHS) for those dads who are sports fans like me. Here’s a list of several sports-related items and programs that the VHS has to offer and would make great gifts for dads!

footballThe Pro Football Hall of Fame has come to the VHS. Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame is on display until September 4. If your dad loves Sundays because of Pro Football, then he’ll love this exhibition, which features 200 artifacts from the Pro Football Hall of Fame. No matter what his favorite team—Pittsburgh, Green Bay, Washington, etc.—he’ll find something to enjoy in this fascinating exhibition. Gridiron Glory also has several interactives and hands-on activities that will entertain all members of the family. Purchase your tickets now for this special exhibition.


Baseball game at the C&O Railway Field Day in Richmond, VA in 1923. Photo by Walter Washington Foster. Accession number 1991.1.43541.

It’s the 150th Anniversary of organized baseball in Richmond and we’re celebrating at the VHS. Our national pastime has had a rich history in Richmond, and Scott Mayer will be at the VHS at the end of June for a two-part class on “Baseball History and Richmond.”  He’ll discuss the origins of the game, what impact the Civil War had on it, the locations of Richmond’s professional teams, and the evolution of the modern game. Join us for a fascinating class on our national pastime’s link to Richmond. Purchase your tickets now for this class.

BillDudleyMost dads collected sports cards at sometime in their lives. Join us at the VHS for a discussion on the History of Football Cards. Bill Hall (sports card collector and former sports card shop owner) and Greg Hansard (Manager of Web and Digital Resources and sports enthusiast) will take you through the history of football cards from early tobacco cards to the modern era of Topps. This class will be offered at 10:30 a.m. and repeated at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, and will feature more than 300 football cards from the collection of Bill Hall.  Learn more about this event.

museumshopOur Museum shop is loaded with sports related books and merchandise. Here are my top five picks for dads.

  1. Hall of Fame 50th Anniversary Book: Where Greatness Lives($34.99)
    Edited by John Thorn (creator of ‘Total Football’) and Joe Horrigan (Pro Football Hall of Fame), this beautifully bound book is a great keepsake for any serious football fan!
  2. Washington Redskins Hall of Fame Legends Mug ($11.99)
    Sip your daily coffee surrounded by the best of the best when you drink from this Hall of Fame Legends Mug.
  3. Unbelievable Is Believable Here [DVD] ($24.95)
    Filmmaker Phil Wall documents the story of the 2011 Virginia Commonwealth University men’s basketball team.
  4. Arthur Ashe: Tennis and Justice in the Civil Rights Era ($34.95)
    Eric Allen Hall has created an intimate, nuanced portrait of a great athlete who stood at the crossroads of sports and the struggle for equal justice.
  5. Baseball and Richmond: A History of the Professional Game, 1884–2000 ($35.00)
    Scott Mayer and W. Harrison Daniel discuss the players and owners and also the nearly twelve-decade relationship shared by the team and the city.

A VHS membership is also a great gift for dads.  Discounts on museum shop purchases and programs, and free admission to our exhibition galleries are just some of the great benefits of membership.  Purchase a membership for dad today!

Greg Hansard is the Manager of Web and Digital Services at the Virginia Historical Society. Read other posts by Greg.

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