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Bob Hope’s Traveling Exhibit Lands Where His Journey Began – in Ellis Island

After entering America through Ellis Island, Bob Hope’s Hall of Fame traveling exhibition is set to return to the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration on May 26th

Since 2011, fans and museum-goers across the United States have had an opportunity to experience the traveling exhibition, “Bob Hope: An American Treasure.” Beginning May 26, 2018 this wildly popular exhibition will make its way back to the place where Bob Hope’s journey to success began – the Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument.

Hope immigrated to the United States through Ellis Island in 1908, traveling aboard the S.S. Philadelphiawith his mother and five brothers. His life story exemplifies the experience of more than 12 million people who came to the United States through Ellis Island in pursuit of the American dream. The third floor of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum was renamed to the Bob Hope Memorial Library in 2010, a dedication to Hope and his lifetime achievements.

With the support of the Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation, the Hall of Fame spun its “Shanks for the Memory” exhibit into this traveling exhibition. While the World Golf Hall of Fame Member passed away nearly 15 years ago, his legacy has remained alive through this exhibition, which includes rare artifacts, personal memorabilia, video, pictures and a bevy of memories from his contributions to the game of golf and his country.

“We’re thrilled to share Bob Hope’s legacy with the people visiting Ellis Island,” said Jack Peter, President of the World Golf Hall of Fame. “We believe this exhibition will inspire those who see it to achieve their own American dream just as Hope did in his 100 years of life.”

Having toured around the world in museums such as The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, The Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland, and the Greenwich Heritage Centre Artillery Square in London during the Summer 2012 Olympics, the exhibition was most recently featured at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center in West Valley City, Utah.

“We welcome Bob Hope back to Ellis Island in spirit,” said John Piltzecker, Superintendent of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island. “All the millions of immigrants passing through Ellis had hopes of freedom, opportunity and success. Mr. Hope certainly achieved those things beyond measure, and this exhibit gives some wonderful insights into his life. We are happy to be sharing his story with our visitors.”

The exhibition features artifacts spanning Hope’s early years, the rise of his stage, screen and radio career, his relationships with U.S. Presidents and his devotion to the U.S. military. Bob Hope is undeniably an emblematic icon in American media history. He appeared in more than 70 films and short films and hosted the Academy Awards a surpassing total of 14 times. Over the course of his 80-year career, he displayed his talents as a comedian, vaudevillian, actor, singer, dancer, athlete and author. Known for his rapid-fire jokes and one-liners, Hope spent decades overseas touring to entertain American troops during World War II.

To learn more, visit www.worldgolfhalloffame.org.
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About the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum
The World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum celebrates golf and preserves the legacies of those who have made it great. The Hall of Fame & Museum, located at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida, 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, visitwww.WorldGolfHallofFame.org.

About the Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation
The Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation, including Bob Hope Legacy, was established to provide for and to assure the continuation of the philanthropic ideals of Bob & Dolores Hope by supporting organizations that feed, clothe and shelter America’s underprivileged. We also honor and preserve the “Spirit of Bob Hope” and his Legacy as an entertainer, comedian, patriot, humanitarian and supporter of U.S. military service members. Bob Hope took his talents to the center of a crisis and used them to heal by showing his compassion, empathy, uplifting spirit and respect for country. In order to reach and assure continuation of these goals, Bob & Dolores Hope provided direction and leadership of the Foundation during their lifetime. Today, it is managed and governed by people who share their attitudes, beliefs, and ideals as to the purposes and goals of partnering with other organizations to create community philanthropy. Learn more at BobHope.org.

About Ellis Island
Opened on January 1, 1892, Ellis Island became the nation’s premier federal immigration station. In operation until 1954, more than 12 million immigrants were processed at the station. It has been estimated that more than 40 percent of America’s population today can trace their ancestry through Ellis Island. After 30 years of abandonment, the main building was restored by The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation and, working in partnership with the National Park Service, opened as a museum in September 1990.

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