A new, permanent Heisman Trophy exhibit makes its official debut this evening in Natchitoches at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum.
The exhibit showcases many unique items documenting the football careers of Louisiana’s four Heisman Trophy winners: LSU’s Joe Burrow (2019) and Billy Cannon (1959), Springhill native John David Crow (1957) and Amite product DeVonta Smith (2020).
Cannon’s Heisman, the only one cast in silver since it was presented in the 25th anniversary year of the trophy, will be on display tonight through Jan. 4, and again each summer for several weeks around the annual LSHOF Induction Celebration, with the 2023 edition slated for next July 27-29.
The Heisman has been presented annually since 1935 to the top college football player in the country, by the Heisman Trust, located in New York City. The 2022 presentation is Saturday night on ESPN.
The new exhibit is located on the second floor of the 27,000-square foot museum at 800 Front Street, across from the traffic circle. The celebration includes VIP and free public events this evening.
From 5:30-6:30, a VIP Champagne Reception is open to members of FLASH (Friends of Louisiana Sports and History), the dues-paying support organization for the local museum. From 6:30-8 p.m., admission is free for the ribbon cutting and ensuing reception on the second floor. Business casual attire is requested but not required.
FLASH memberships are as affordable as $20 for students and $35 for adults with Friends and Family level priced at $55, a Legacy membership at $100, a Corporate membership ($250) and a Fleur de Lis membership ($500), with progressive benefits. All include admissions to the local museum and nearly all provide free admissions to the nine Louisiana State Museums, with $100 and above granting free admission to hundreds of nationally-accredited museums around the country.
FLASH memberships, and renewals, will be available at the door this evening through the duration of the VIP Champagne Reception, and before the 6:30 ribbon cutting that is free and open to all.
For more information, call the museum at 318-357-2492. For information about the LSHOF including a virtual visit to the museum, visit LaSportsHall.com online.
The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., with admission $6 for adults, $5 for students, seniors and active military, and free for children 6 and under.