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Mission Statement

1. To collect, preserve and maintain books, printed matter, films, photographs, videos,
medals, posters, artwork, musical recordings, manuscripts, serials, collectables and other
material in a library and museum in order to preserve for posterity the historical, cultural
and artistic heritage of sport in all times and places.

2. To promote the study of the history of sport and physical education in all countries
and time periods, Olympic Games - ancient and modern, history of recreation, history of dance,
sport in art and all sports related subjects as determined by the Board of Directors.

3. To conduct and support scholarly research and publishing in the arts and humanities as it
relates to the history of sport, Olympic Games, physical education, recreation, dance and
sport in art.

4. To increase public awareness and appreciation in the arts and humanities as it
relates to history of sport, Olympic Games, physical education, recreation, dance and sport in
art through educational programs including, but not limited to, giving public exhibitions,
sponsoring seminars and conferences, publishing monographs and books, producing videos and
films and engaging in activities which further promotes these educational objectives.

5. To educate school children in these subject areas through a variety of programs including,
but not limited to, historical, social and cultural exhibitions in the museum, touring exhibitions,
juvenile publications and other activities which further promotes these educational objectives.

6. To publish academic works in these subject areas that might not otherwise be
published in the commercial publishing area.

7. To collaborate or cooperate with other non-profit, educational institutions in programs
or research projects which further the purposes of this institution.

8. To develop an endowment sufficient enough to maintain this institution in perpetuity.

Description

The International Institute for Sport and Olympic History (IISOH) was incorporated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a non-profit educational, literary and research corporation under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code in order to operate a Library and Museum devoted to the History of Sport, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance, Sport in Art and the Olympic Games.

(NOTE: On November 8, 2012 the IISOH amended the Articles of Incorporation and changed its name to: International Institute for Sport History in a confidential settlement agreement after being sued by the United States Olympic Committee for using the word "Olympic" in its name).

We plan to build a facility in central Pennsylvania that will house the Library and Museum collections as well as sports faclities that will allow visitors to physically participate in each activity. There will also be a theater for the history of dance, outdoor recreational facilities and playgrounds, indoor sports facilities for most sports, a large restaurant and outdoor cafe.

Basically: the IISOH is a large Museum/sports complex with a specialized subject research library.

Website

http://www.iisoh.org

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