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In late October, 2008, ISHOF curator Bob Duenkel returned from Ottawa (CAN) and a wonderful visit with world re-known swimming author, Cecil Colwin, with three boxes containing a part of Colwin’s literary collection which will be permanently “housed” in the Henning Library at the ISHOF. The collection had been carefully catalogued over the years by Cecil’s late wife Margaret, and includes 17 initial volumes of the ASCA Clinic Yearbooks and articles and reports on biomechanics, coaching techniques, conditioning, nutrition, swimming history, doping and drug use, weight training and much more. The collection consists of over 1500 articles and six voice tapes from 1984 to 1996 of Colwin’s presentations. The swimming community thanks you, Cecil, for preserving the history of our sport. May this serve as an inspiration to others that every document, program, letter, etc. is of importance. The Henning is open for all to review and research.

World re-known swimming teacher, Rob McKay, donated three filing cabinets for archival use at the ISHOF and also a July, 1939, edition of  The Open Road for Boys, a magazine for boys containing an article by 15 mile World Champion, George Blagden on “Timing the Crawl”, complete with drawings and text.

Craig Perlow of Olympian Artifacts, and a long-time ISHOF friend, arrived at ISHOF with 20 items of memorabilia which he had purchased on the internet. Items included a 1958 Mike Peppe Swimming Booklet, a set of 16 USA 2000 Olympic Swimming Trials Framed Tickets, 1935 Oxford-Cambridge Swimming and Water Polo Program, ten 19th Century Swimming Tintype Photos and more.

ISHOF is the museum of the aquatic disciplines. The items in your basement, attic or office are important in helping to tell the story of swimming, diving, water polo, synchro and water safety. Give ISHOF a call when you are ready to preserve your items with perpetual care in your name.


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