1861-1939This is the boyhood home of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball. Born in a house which formerly stood on this lot, he entered McGill University in 1883 where he was active in athletics. In 1890 Naismith graduated in theology from Presbyterian College, Montréal, and subsequently enrolled in the International Y.M.C.A. training school (now Springfield College) in Massachusetts. There was a need for a competitive team sport that could be played indoors during the winter months, and, there, in December 1891, Naismith devised a game, played under thirteen basic rules, with a ball and two round baskets. He directed physical education at the University of Kansas for thirty-six years and died at Lawrence, Kansas.
|Placed By||Archaeological and Historic Sites Board of Ontario|
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|Date Added||Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 at 5:01am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18T E 403313 N 5010540|
|Decimal Degrees||45.24171667, -76.23193333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 45° 14.503', W 76° 13.916'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||45° 14' 30.18" N, 76° 13' 54.96" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 5034 Lanark County Rd 29, Mississippi Mills Ontario K0A 1A0, CA|
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