In 2015, the Radnor Municipal Building opened its doors to house The Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum. Since the grand opening, the Museum has hosted residents County-wide as well as Radnor residents who stop to enjoy the exhibit while conducting other business in the building. “It has been an excellent opportunity to build relationships with Delaware County residents who otherwise may not visit the Municipal Building and we are pleased to welcome them and share the stories of our beloved County sports heroes,” said Bob Zienkowksi, Radnor Township Manager.
Jim Vankoski, Curator of The Sports Legends of Delaware County, said the museum was founded in Chester before ending up at the Granite Run Mall. The relationship between Radnor Township and the museum was born from concern for the collection after the Granite Run Mall fell on hard times. When the mall began to decline, Vankoski moved the collection to Radnor. “Bob has been our savior as far as that’s concerned. He’s been a really big help. We wouldn’t be here without him.” The multi-level museum has seven galleries with permanent collections. The first floor includes the Mickey Vernon Gallery, the Jane Barkman/Mary Ellen Clark Wide World of Women's Sports Gallery and the home-town Radnor Township Sports Atrium Gallery. On the second floor are the Ted Meredith Olympic Gallery, the Emlen Tunnell Football Gallery, the Jack Ramsay Basketball Gallery and the All-Sports Gallery.
For his part, Zienkowski credits the Board of Commissioners for their role in bringing the museum to the Township. ”The BOC and Tammy Cohen, Director Department of Recreation, deserve all the credit for making it such a perfect fit in the building. There are so many residents, business people, contractors and visitors to our community that have found the displays very interesting and have spent time reading the captions under each item. It is Delaware County history being preserved and celebrated and we are very proud and honored that we can house this collection here in Radnor Township.”
The long-term plan for the museum is to host everchanging exhibits. Some of the Delaware County sports greats represented in the museum collection include Haverford swimmer, Brendan Hansen, Chester’s Bo Ryan, the former Wisconsin basketball coach, and Radnor’s own Emlen Tunnell. Tunnell, a 1942 graduate of Radnor High School and World War II veteran, was the first African American to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In 2018, a statue of Tunnell debuted at the front entrance of the Municipal Building after a fundraising effort launched by the Emlen Tunnell Statue Fund and in cooperation with the museum. “There is a rich sports heritage here,” said Vankoski. “The breadth of what Delaware County has produced in unbelievable.”
Museum hours are Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm. Saturday and Sunday tours are available by appointment. For more information, please call 610-909-4919.
ABOUT RADNOR TOWNSHIP DEPARTMENT OF RECREATION The Radnor Township Recreation and Community Programming Department is responsible for the administration of year-round recreational programming and community events for all ages and the operation of township facilities. This includes: Parks, Radnor Activity Center at Sulpizio Gymnasium, Radnor Skatepark, The Radnor Trail, The Willows Mansion / Cottage. The Department also works in cooperation with the Public Works Department, who directly oversees the coordination of the maintenance of all of these facilities. The department aims to serve the best interest of all residents by offering an array of recreational opportunities and maintaining a secure environment that enhances the quality of life for members of the Radnor Township community.
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