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Packers Hall of Fame items move to Neville Museum

A portion of the two million dollar collection is moving into a temporary home at the Neville Museum.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - Packers fans looking for a dose of football in the off season will soon have a new place to visit.

The Packers Hall of Fame at Lambeau Field is closed until fall of 2015 for remodeling.

But now a portion of the two million dollar collection is moving into a temporary home at the Neville Museum.        

"It is like no other history. No other professional sports franchise has a history like ours" says Tom Murphy, a board member with Packers Hall of Fame Inc.

The non-profit is turning over some of its prized possessions to the Neville Museum.

"It is phenomenal because both institutions are keepers of people's stories and keepers of memories. We want to share those memories and have those conversations in the community" says  Beth Lemke, The Interim Director at the Neville Public Museum.

"This is a continuation" Murphy says."That is the big plus. We would not want to just be shut down for 18 months, that is tough".

Fan favorites like the lockers made the three mile move. The Vince Lombardi trophies will also be a part of the display.

But, some of the items have never been on public display until now.

"We have a series of photographs that are ice bowl images, but they are in color" Lemke explains.

"We have the crossbar from the original goal post that was used at Hagemeister Park" adds Murphy."We have had a couple of uniform donations in the last couple of months, that we'll be able to put out here on display".  

Setting up the exhibit is not a snap. In fact the artifacts need to sit here for at least 24 hours before being unwrapped so they can adjust to a new climate.

"With their appreciation for history, appreciation for these artifacts, knowing that they are going to be handled properly displayed properly" says Murphy.

In recent years attendance has dropped at the Neville to around 55,000 visitors annually.

The museum is looking to this exhibit as a way to make a little "forward progress".

According to Lemke "The opportunity to have hall of fame objects here allows for different audiences to come and check out other parts of the museum which I hope they would do".

The exhibit kicks off on April 5th.

It is included in the regular five dollar admission.

The museum is recruiting volunteers right now to help deal with the expected rush during training camp.            

 

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