Hall of Fame for Great Americans


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Hall of Fame for Great Americans,

national shrine, on the campus of Bronx Community College of the City Univ. of New York, Bronx, New York City; est. 1900. The Hall of Fame, a 630-ft (192-m) colonnade resting on a corridor above a terrace, was instituted by New York Univ. Chancellor Henry M. MacCracken from a $250,000 donation by philanthropist Helen Gould Shepard. Fifty outstanding Americans, selected by the 100-member College of Electors (with at least one member from each state), were initially honored; five people were to be added each fifth year. This plan, however, has not been followed with any efficient regularity. Of the 102 Americans now honored in the Hall of Fame, 98 are represented by bronze busts and commemorative plaques in the colonnade.
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Located on a 43-acre, tree-lined campus, BCC is home to the Hall of Fame for Great Americans, the country's first hall of fame.
The original American Hall of Fame was not the baseball institution in Cooperstown, which opened in 1939, but the Hall of Fame for Great Americans, dedicated in 1901 on what was then a Bronx campus of New York University.
It is instructive to look at the original 16 categories from which nominees to the Hall of Fame for Great Americans might arise (from the official 1900 "Rules for Election"):
Four decades had passed since the establishment of the Hall of Fame for Great Americans, and the country had changed quite a bit.
By honoring achievement in a single field, the Baseball Hall of Fame seemed more in tune with the times, so successful that few people today know of the Hall of Fame for Great Americans and believe Cooperstown patented the American concept, based of course on the pantheon of Greek myth.
Overlooking the Harlem River, it contains two of White's masterpieces, the Gould Memorial Library (completed in 1899) with its splendid dome, and the open-air colonnade of his Hall of Fame for Great Americans, from 1912.