The Peterborough and District Sports Hall of Fame is dedicated to the preservation of the rich sporting history of the City and County of Peterborough.
The Hall of Fame was founded in 1979 to recognize and honour the names and deeds of those whose athletic prowess has brought fame to this community and to themselves.
It operates as a non-profit corporation and recognizes those whose interest in, and work for sport, resulted in a climate which benefited athletes and athletics within the community.
It is part of our purpose to collect, preserve, research, exhibit and promote those objects which are determined to be significant to the history of our community.
The Peterborough and District Sports Hall of Fame is guided by a Board of Directors whose primary function is to ensure that this Sports Hall of Fame carries out the objectives of the mandate.
With approximately 4,000 square feet of display space, the museum houses a vast collection of some 12,000 items of sport memorabilia and artifacts dating back to the mid 1800's. The exhibits, photos and stories represent the wide spectrum of sports enjoyed by the citizens of this community spanning some 150 years.
Since the inaugural induction ceremony in 1980, over 300 individuals have been inducted into the Peterborough and District Sports Hall of Fame. An annual Induction Dinner, held the first Friday in June, is the major event of the year for the Hall at which new inductees receive the honour of becoming a member of the Peterborough and District Sports Hall of Fame.
To be considered for induction into the Hall of Fame, the athlete or builder must have had a direct connection to the city or County of Peterborough either by being born here or a resident during their career. (See our website for more information regarding criteria www.pdshof.com) Nominations must come from the community. A twelve member Selection Committee - arms length from the Board of Directors - review nominations and make their nominations to the Board for induction, based upon the the Criteria for Nomination. As this is a community Sports Hall of Fame, the selections reflect the wide variety of sports played; the era in which the athlete/builder participated; and the gender.
A team of dedicated volunteers (there are NO paid staff) operate the Hall of Fame. They prepare the exhibits for presentation and display; catalogue the artifacts; provide archiving and preservation of the collection; maintain paper based and electronic data bases; provide maintenance and cleaning of the facility; organize and run events; manage the financial and administrative affairs of the Hall; provide coverage whenever the Hall is open; provide information sessions for interested individuals and groups; assist researchers and fundraise.
The Peterborough and District Sports Hall of Fame is a registered charity under the Canadian Registered Charities Directorate www.canada.ca/charities-giving. As a registered charity, the Hall of Fame submits an annual audited financial report to Revenue Canada.