By Taylor Timmerman
In partnership with the World Golf Hall of Fame and Museum, the Utah Cultural Celebration Center is proud to present BOB HOPE: AN AMERICAN TREASURE.
The 2,200-square foot traveling exhibit tells the story of the Guinness World Records book “most honored” entertainer through a series of 15 themed exhibit display units that celebrate his comedic contributions, achievements in entertainment, relationships with a number of U.S. Presidents, and his other passion – golf. It traces his family’s arrival at Ellis Island, life as part of an immigrant family in Cleveland, his struggles to succeed in New York in entertainment, the success and family life he found in Holly wood, and how golf and his love for the military took him around the world.
The traveling exhibit includes reproductions of more than 200 vintage photos, seven videos, and more than 170 items including an original vaudeville contract from 1922, his Ellis Island medal, the final set of golf clubs used in his life, Emmy and Honorary Oscar awards, an outfit he wore during USO tours, gifts & awards from Presidents and other celebrities, his Congressional Gold Medal awarded by President John F. Kennedy, and his “Honorary Veteran Citation” from Congress, which he called the most important honor of his life. In addition, the exhibit includes a 30-stop audio tour and an educational program.
Additionally, Bob Hope’s celebration of his favorite sport golf allows for collaboration with the World Golf Hall of Fame, West Valley City Parks and Recreation, local golf courses, and the West Valley Historical Society. The exhibit also features an educational program for students grade 4-8.
BOB HOPE: AN AMERICAN TREASURE, A World Golf Hall of Fame Exhibit runs December 7, 2017 - April 28, 2018. FREE ADMISSION; Donations Encouraged.
Join us for a special OPENING RECEPTION on DEC 7, 6 - 9 PM