Mission: To maintain a museum, depository and showplace for memorabilia, artifacts, equipment, written material, photographs, sculptures, trophies and documents relating to the sport of lacrosse and its 360-year history, including its Native American origins; to honor men and women, past and present, for their contribution to the sport; and to enshrine such individuals in the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. The museum and hall of fame is a program of US Lacrosse, the nonprofit national governing body for the sport of men's and women's lacrosse.
Latest accomplishment: July 15-25, US Lacrosse was host of the 1998 Men's World Lacrosse Championship in Baltimore. Ten teams from 11 nations participated in the "Olympics of Lacrosse," which takes place every four years.
Originally opened in 1959, the museum and hall of fame celebrated a grand reopening March 14 after renovations. The state-of-the-art 5,000-square-foot facility features exhibition, office and storage space, and an auditorium.
On the horizon: A rotating exhibit to honor coaches is scheduled to open in March. Five male and five female players will be inducted into the hall of fame in November, joining 253 players who were inducted previously.
About the museum and US Lacrosse: Membership: 42,000. Museum attendance: 5,000 annually. Operating budget: $60,000. US Lacrosse endowment: $419,797.
Where and when: 113 W. University Parkway, Baltimore, on the Johns Hopkins University campus. Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Call 410-235-6882, Ext. 122.
John Stalford, president of US Lacrosse board of directors: "The renovated museum and hall of fame attracts people from all over the world who are interested in the sport of lacrosse, but few people in Baltimore seem to realize the great facility is located in their city. And walking through the museum, they are often surprised when they discover that some actors and football players also were great lacrosse players - for instance, Jim Brown. In the hall of fame, visitors can view the all-time greats of lacrosse and study their accomplishments through computer interactives."
Members of the board of directors:
Barrett W. Freedlander