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Archive for Monday, January 29, 1990

SEARCH CONTINUES FOR SITE TO SHIFT LOCAL SPORTS HALL

January 29, 1990

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The search for a place to move the State of Kansas Sports Hall of Fame continues, but no concrete proposal to keep the hall in Lawrence has been received.

Max Falkenstien, Lawrence banker and chairman of the sports hall of fame board, said the board received a formal proposal to move the hall to Abilene at its last meeting, and has heard a number of other informal ideas.

"We've been listening to proposals," he said.

Now housed on the first floor of the Elizabeth M. Watkins Community Museum here, the sports hall was asked to relocate by the end of this year by the Douglas County Historical Society after a report from the American Association of Museums recommended such a move to improve the Lawrence museum.

Falkenstien said the hall could stay in Lawrence.

"It could still be here, but we have had no concrete proposals offering a place in Lawrence at this time," he said.

The board of directors changed the name of the hall late last year from the Kansas All-Sports Hall of Fame in an effort to increase statewide interest.

The sports hall held a ceremony honoring five inductees during halftime of the Kansas University-Kansas State University men's basketball game Saturday. Among the inductees was Lynette Woodard, former basketball All-American at KU. She was also the first woman ever to be chosen to perform with the Harlem Globetrotters.

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