The MTA Hall of Fame & Museum had another successful year in 2017. Generous donations from Michigan trapshooters and their families expanded the museum collection and raised funds to preserve our trapshooting heritage. Come on over to the 2018 MTA shoots and be sure to stop in the clubhouse and check out the new museum displays.
We are thrilled to announce the 2018 Hall of Fame inductees – James Doolittle and Andrew Suda. These men have earned this honor through their many shooting accomplishments and their support of Michigan trapshooting. All are invited to attend the Hall of Fame Ceremony and celebrate their accomplishments at our State Shoot on June 30, 2018.
The Hall of Fame & Museum Board is grateful for the generous donations in 2017. This money will be used to pay for the annual Hall of Fame ceremony, ongoing museum artifact preservation and displays, to fund the scholarship program, and future capital projects. Fund raising events in 2018 will include 50/50s, gun raffles, and the annual silent auction at our State shoot. Donations of silent auction items are being accepted now and are appreciated.
The first Michigan Trapshooting Association Hall of Fame College Scholarship will be awarded at the 2018 State Shoot in conjunction with the Michigan State Team presentation. We are accepting applications for the 2019 scholarships now. Current high schoolers graduating in 2018 or 2019 may apply. (Coaches – let your youth shooters know this money is available.) Scholarship applications can be found in the scholarship section below, at the MTA home grounds, or by contacting any Hall of Fame Board Member. Please submit your application by the last day (July 1, 2018) of the Michigan State Trapshooting Championships, to be considered for the Scholarship(s) in 2019.
The existing facilities at the MTA grounds do not provide the appropriate climate control to preserve the Hall of Fame and Museum artifacts, exhibits, and photos. Each year, all items are removed from the clubhouse and stored over the winter. We are reluctant to accept additional items to grow the museum collection until we have appropriate housing. The HOF BOD and MTA BOD have been discussing ways to provide a permanent Hall of Fame & Museum area to preserve our collection year-round. Preliminary bids indicate the cost will be $45,000 to $50,000 to renovate part of the clubhouse for this purpose. This cost is beyond our current resources. We are considering ways we can accomplish this goal.
We are asking for your input. If you are a general contractor, electrician, framer, or any other building trade specialist, we would love to hear your ideas and would appreciate your help. Anyone interested in helping with this project is invited to contact a MTA board member or HOF board member. MTA is a 501c3 organization. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent of the law.
The MTA HOF & Museum activities would not be possible without the generous donations and support from trapshooters and the volunteers who help with events. Thank You to all who support the MTA Hall of Fame & Museum. Best wishes for a successful 2018 shooting year.
For more information or to make donations to the MTA Hall of Fame & Museum,
contact MTA Board of Directors or MTA Hall of Fame & Museum Board of Directors.
MTA Hall of Fame & Museum Board of Directors: