The Green Bay Packers today announced details for the next exhibit to fill the Packers Hall of Fame's 2,500-square foot special display room, Bob Hope: An American Treasure.
After extending its showing of Bob Hope: Shanks for the Memory exhibit into 2011, the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum is transforming it into a traveling exhibition with the support of the Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation. Bob Hope: An American Treasure will embark on a five-year tour this fall and make its first stop in the Packers Hall of Fame.
The traveling exhibit will feature more than 150 artifacts including Hope's PGA money clip, honorary Oscar statuette, Honorary Veterans Citation and Congressional Gold Medal. More than 200 vintage photos and several video displays will tell the story about Hope's early years as part of an immigrant family in the early 20th century, his rise as a star of stage, screen and radio, the relationships he had with U.S. presidents, his devotion to the U.S. military and his love of golf.
The 2,500-square foot exhibit will open Oct. 1 in the hall's special display room which opened this past October with its first exhibit, 'Pro Football and the American Spirit,' and followed with the current exhibt, "Return to Titletown.' Following a three-month engagement in Green Bay, the Hope exhibit will open at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Mich., for a February – June 2012 exhibition. The tour is scheduled to continue through 2015.
"Bob Hope is a transcendent figure not just in golf, but in American history," said Jack Peter, World Golf Hall of Fame senior vice president and CEO. "His story is so compelling that we felt it was the ideal candidate to build into our first traveling exhibition. We are honored to have the support of the Bob & Dolares Hope Foundation in this exciting venture."
"My mother and I are so pleased that the World Golf Hall of Fame has undertaken this project," said Linda Hope." Thousands of people have seen the wonderful exhibit that opened in 2008 and now many more will have the chance to laugh and learn about Dad and what he meant to so many."
"Bob Hope: An American Treasure is a different kind of exhibit for the Hall of Fame and we are excited to share a part of this legendary icon with our visitors," said Packers Hall of Fame and stadium tour manager Krissy Zegers.
For more information, including photos, about the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum and Bob Hope: An American Treasure, visit www.WorldGolfHallofFame.org/hof/Hopeontheroad.php.
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