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Bob Hope traveling exhibit hits the frozen tundra

Bob Hope Traveling exhibitMethod-1 Museums, a division ExpoDisplays, recently completed a new traveling exhibit for the World Golf Hall of Fame based in St. Augustine, Fla. After extending its showing of the Bob Hope: Shanks for the Memory exhibit into 2011, the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum contracted Method-1 to transform it into a traveling exhibition with the support of the Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation.

“The challenge of designing an exhibit that spans the career of Bob Hope was daunting but enjoyable,” said Wes Wilson, account executive and project lead for Method-1. “Discovering his life, and all the others that he touched, motivated us to create an experience that would be as memorable as the man.”

The 2,500-square foot exhibit opened on October 1 at the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in Green Bay, Wisc. Following a three-month engagement, it will open at the President Gerald R. Ford Library and Museum in Grand Rapids, Mich., for a February-June 2012 showing.

“Bob Hope is a transcendent figure not just in golf, but in American history,” said Jack Peter, senior vice president and COO of the World Golf Hall of Fame. “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 & Dolores Hope Foundation in this exciting venture.”

Bob Hope: An American Treasure will feature more than 160 artifacts, including Hope’s Professional Golf Association money clip, an honorary Oscar statuette, an honorary Veterans citation and a Congressional gold medal.

“It’s been an honor and privilege to work with the Bob & Dolores Hope Charitable Foundation on this project,” said Peter. “For the Hall of Fame to be able to extend its message to major institutions and markets over the course of the next five years and tell the story of one of the world’s greatest ambassadors is a wonderful opportunity. We couldn’t be more pleased with the exhibit.”

The traveling exhibit will also feature more than 200 vintage photos and seven video displays that will tell the story about Hope’s early years as part of an immigrant family in the early 20th century. The videos will continue to portray 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 Hope family is thrilled to see Bob on the road again,” said Linda Hope, daughter of the entertainer. “We hope that this new exhibit will perpetuate his legacy and create new young fans who will be inspired by his talent, hard work and desire to give back to his country. Something he felt we all could do.”

As the first stop on the tour, the Green Bay Packers organization was eager to debut the traveling exhibition.

“The Green Bay Packers are excited to host this exhibit at Lambeau Field in the Packers Hall of Fame,” said Mark Murphy, president and CEO of the Packers. “Bob Hope was a noted sports fan who entertained millions during his career and brought happiness to soldiers across the world. Many Packers fans and other visitors to Lambeau Field have an appreciation for sports other than football and will enjoy the golf highlights of this exhibit, and also have the opportunity to gain a deeper appreciation for Hope’s great legacy.”

After stops in Green Bay and Grand Rapids, the exhibit is scheduled to continue traveling the U.S. through 2015.

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