National Mascot Hall of Fame Considers Whiting Home

Northwest Indiana city mulls building museum

Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013  |  Updated 3:54 PM CDT
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Whiting, Ind. is a place known for its offbeat sense of humor, but now the city is considering getting a little bit weirder.

Representatives from the National Mascot Hall of Fame, which presently only exists only in online form, will meet with city officials next month to present marketing studies related to discuss building a museum dedicated to the mascots.

Whiting Mayor Joseph Stahura told the Northwest Indiana Times that the city would be a perfect fit for the museum, which would host an annual induction that would include a mascot parade.

Stahura told the newspaper that he's speaking to the online Chicago Baseball Museum about possibly setting up a location in a wing of the proposed structure to help pay for the up to $12 million it will cost to build. He estimates the possibility of the project happening in the 50 percent range.

The online National Mascot Hall of Fame has been inducting members since 2005, including luminaries such as the San Diego Chicken and the Phillie Phanatic.

A decision on the proposed museum won't come until next spring at the earliest, according to the mayor.

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