Packers History Night features collector

Richard Ryman
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GREEN BAY - Longtime collector Tom Pigeon will take center stage Tuesday at Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame History Night.

Pigeon began collecting Packers items in the 1950s. Tuesday’s event will showcase those items, many of which are now rare artifacts, and tell the stories behind them.

"He is one of our Lambeau Field tour guides, and has an amazing collection of photographs and newspapers, and he's built models of some of the Packers' old stadiums," Hall of Fame Curator Brent Hensel said.

Pigeon's father attended games from the beginning of the Packers in 1919.

"He will tell some of the great stories he has," Hensel said. "He has a great story about where his father almost ran into Curly Lambeau. I won't give it away."

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The Hall of Fame launched the History Night series in February with a session on the evolution of Packers uniforms. Coming events will include:

» Evolution of the Helmet, April 25: Hensel said they will have helmets dating to the leatherhead types of the early days of football and experts to speak on the development of protective headgear.

» Unique Artifacts in the Hall of Fame's Collection, May 30: Not everything in the Hall of Fame's possession ends up on display. The hall rotates some exhibits to give more artifacts time in the public eye, but with a collection of 80,000 items, a lot doesn't get seen often. That includes as a glass eye with the Packers' "G" painted on it donated by a fan.

Presentations will be at 6 p.m. in the Hall of Fame auditorium, which can accommodate about 50 people. The cost of admission is a Hall of Fame ticket. Tickets are limited by the size of the auditorium. They can be purchased online at

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