Bob and Dolores Hope Foundation
In the mid-2010s, the Bob and Dolores Hope Foundation and the World Golf Hall of Fame created an exhibit, “Shanks for the Memory.” The collection spans Hope’s whole career from his beginnings in Vaudeville to his movies and Christmas Shows. Hope’s USO shows started on May 6, 1941 at March Field Base and from there on he traveled during World War II to encourage and preform for the troops. He authored, I Never Left Home, about his experiences in World War II.
To spread the Bob Hope legacy, the Foundation transferred a large portion of the collection to the University of Florida to make the collection more accessible to researchers, students, and the public. The World War II items were transferred to the National WWII Museum, which allowed for the creation of a temporary exhibit, So Ready For Laughter, which is now a traveling exhibit.
Only copies of some photographs remain at the World Golf's Hall of Fame location. The originals are housed at the Library of Congress.
The Bob and Dolores Hope Foundation maintains rights to the items owned by Bob or Dolores Hope including the copies of photographs included on this site.
L-R: Tony Romano, Bob Hope, Frances Langford, and Jack Pepper on a makeshift stage