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History Museum tackles football legends in blockbuster exhibit

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APPLETON, Wis. — The History Museum at the Castle will host a nationally traveling exhibition “Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.” The one-of-a-kind exhibit tells the history of professional football and features rare artifacts from the Hall of Fame, exclusive footage from NFL Films and unforgettable interactive experiences.

“This blockbuster exhibit has everything a football fan could want — and then some,” said Matt Carpenter, the museum’s executive director. “Gridiron Glory” will go on display at the History Museum, located at 330 E. College Ave. in Appleton, June 30 and run through Jan. 6, 2019.

The Green Bay Packers sponsored the History Museum’s effort to bring “Gridiron Glory” to Appleton and they remain an important partner. The exhibit is timed in anticipation of the Packers’ celebration of the team’s 100th season. Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy said, “We’re looking forward to seeing Packers fans and visitors in the area experience this special exhibit. As we celebrate our 100th season, we’re excited that Gridiron Glory will create a unique opportunity for people to learn about the history of professional football and the prominent role the Packers have played over the last century.”

Within “Gridiron Glory” a specially designed “Home Town Tribute” area will showcase the Packers’ storied history and their legendary players.

Miron Construction Co., Inc., the exhibition’s lead sponsor, donated its services to remodel the History Museum in anticipation of the event. “It’s so exciting to be a part of bringing this phenomenal exhibit to Northeast Wisconsin,” said David G. Voss Jr., president and CEO of Miron Construction. “While the Packers are getting ready to celebrate their 100th season, we are in the midst of celebrating our 100th year in business, and we feel blessed to be able to continue to give back to a community that has given so much to us.”

Additional sponsorships from Contract Transport Services, the Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Wisconsin Department of Tourism proved critical in making “Gridiron Glory” possible. These investments will have an immediate economic impact, as exhibit goers are expected to spend $2.3 million in the Fox Cities.

The History Museum’s mission is to inspire appreciation for local history and “Gridiron Glory” delivers. The comprehensive exhibition of America’s most popular sport features Wisconsin’s favorite team. “Given the passion and knowledge that Packers fans bring to the game, this exhibit and particularly the ‘Hometown Tribute’ area will generate a lot of excitement,” Carpenter noted. Packers fans, football enthusiasts and museum-goers won’t be able to see “Gridiron Glory” anywhere else in Wisconsin. This blockbuster’s only stop will be at the History Museum at the Castle.

For more information about admission prices, museum hours and accessibility visit the History Museum’s website, myhistorymuseum.org. Group visits must be scheduled in advance. Contact Curator Emily Rock at 920-735-9370, ext. 115 or emily@myhistorymuseum.org.

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