Hall of fame
A hall of fame is a structure housing memorials to famous or illustrious individuals usually chosen by a group of electors. The meaning of "Fame" has changed over the years, originally meaning "renown" as opposed to today's more common meaning of "celebrity".
In some cases, these halls of fame consist of actual halls or museums which enshrine the honorees with sculptures, plaques, and displays of memorabilia. Sometimes, the honorees' plaques may instead be posted on a wall (a '"wall of fame") or inscribed on a sidewalk (a "walk of fame" or an "avenue of fame"). In others, the hall of fame is more figurative, and just simply consists of a list of names of noteworthy individuals maintained by an organization or community.
The English-language term was popularised in the United States by the Hall of Fame for Great Americans at Bronx Community College, in New York City, completed in 1900. Its inspiration is the Ruhmeshalle ("Hall of Fame") in Munich, Germany. The Walhalla memorial in Bavaria, Germany, is an even earlier hall of fame, conceived in 1807 and built between 1830 and 1842.
Types of halls of fame
Halls of fame are found all over the globe. Many halls honor individuals from a particular occupation or field of expertise, ranging from areas such as aviation and space (e.g. the International Space Hall of Fame), sports (e.g. the International Basketball Federation Hall of Fame), and entertainment (e.g. the Hollywood Walk of Fame). Some halls of fame such as the Walhalla memorial and the Wallace Monument honor exceptional individuals who came from a particular country or region. In addition to recognizing individuals, some halls like the North America Railway Hall of Fame may also honor events, structures and other milestones.
- R. Rubin (1997). "The Mall of Fame". The Atlantic Monthly 280 (1): 14–18.
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