Traveling exhibition coming to Hope’s adopted home town

Bob Hope was a longtime resident of Palm Springs and his name graced the area’s PGA TOUR event for 47 years. So it is fitting that the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum’s traveling exhibition “Bob Hope: An American Treasure” will be making its next stop at the Palm Springs Air Museum, opening to the public on Dec. 12.

Built with the generous 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 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. “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 his 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.

“The Palm Springs Air Museum is thrilled to have this exhibit on display, surrounded by our wonderful Warbirds,” said Fred Bell, Executive Director of the Palm Springs Air Museum. “We’re looking forward to continuing, educating and expanding Bob Hope’s legacy to area tourists and residents.”

The traveling exhibition began its five-year tour in the fall of 2011 at the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, at historic Lambeau Field. It continued with a stay at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Mich., and had a stop at the Greenwich Heritage Centre in London to coincide with the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

“It was a major priority for us to display this exhibition in Palm Springs,” said Jack Peter, Chief Operating Officer of the World Golf Hall of Fame. “Bob Hope is synonymous with the area, and golf fans around the world know Palm Springs because of his incredible support of the golf tournament. It is an ideal place for the exhibition and we are thankful to the Bob & Dolores Hope Charitable Foundation for its support in bringing it here.”

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. For information on visiting the exhibit at the Palm Springs Air Museum, visit PalmSpringsAirMuseum.org.

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About the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum

The World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum preserves and honors the history of golf and the legacies of those who have made it great. The Hall of Fame and Museum, located at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla., serves as a steward of the game through engaging, interactive storytelling and exhibitions featuring artifacts, works of art, audio, video and photography significant to the history of golf and its members.

The Hall of Fame is a 501(c)3 nonprofit institution and is allied with 26 national and international golf organizations, including The European Tour, LPGA, the Masters Tournament, PGA of America, PGA TOUR, The R&A and USGA. To learn more about the Hall of Fame or to lend support, visit www.WorldGolfHallofFame.org.