Halls of Fame

Posted by Shae on April 01, 2005

In Reply to: Halls of Fame posted by Jeff Rankin on March 31, 2005

: Today, the term "hall of fame" is ubiquitous--shrines both physical and figurative have been created for not just sports, but industrial achievement, the arts and the sciences. A colleague just raised the question, "When was the phrase 'hall of fame' first used? Did it originate with baseball's museum in Cooperstown or is it a much older concept?"

: Any earlier examples would be appreciated!

According to the Science Daily website, the earliest is the Hall of Fame for Great Americans, established by New York University in 1900.
See: www.sciencedaily.com/ encyclopedia/hall_of_fame