“Bob Hope: An American Treasure” exhibit will open at the Palm Springs Air Museum on December 12th. The exhibit is brought to the desert by the World Golf Hall of Fame and Museum.
Built with the support of the Bob & Dolores Hope Charitable Foundation, the 2,500 square-foot exhibition highlights several aspects of Hope’s incredible life, including his time as the face of one of golf’s iconic tournaments, the Bob Hope Classic. The exhibit will be on display through early April 2013, so fans of both the PGA Tour’s Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation and the LPGA’s Kraft Nabisco Championship can view the exhibition.
“Both my Dad and Mother would have loved to know that this exhibit would be housed just down the street from their much loved home on Southridge Drive,” said Linda Hope, daughter of the entertainer, in a statement announcing the exhibition coming to Palm Springs.. “They would also find great pleasure in the fact that the exhibition would be held at the Palm Springs Air Museum, founded by their good friends Bob and Jo Rose Pond. To know that school children from the area will have the opportunity to visit and learn about them and their love of the Coachella Valley, of golf and their commitment to helping their fellow man, I'm sure would warm their hearts. Hopefully, thousands of their fans will enjoy many shared memories.”
“Bob Hope: An American Treasure” will feature many artifacts from Hope’s time in Palm Springs, including the famed golf cart shaped like Hope’s face. It displays more than 160 artifacts in total, including Hope’s Congressional Gold Medal, honorary Oscar statuette, Honorary Veterans citation, and PGA of America money clip. More than 200 vintage photos and seven video displays 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.
You may have seen many of the items on display at the Humana Challenge last January!