So Ready for Laughter: The Legacy of Bob Hope, the newest traveling exhibit at the National Museum of the United States Army, is now open through January 2023. This exhibit is produced by The National WWII Museum with national touring exhibit sponsor Bob and Dolores Hope Foundation. A redesigned version of the Museum’s debut special exhibition The Art of Soldiering will also return. The Art of Soldiering highlights Soldier artwork from the Civil War to today. You can learn more about this latest exhibit on the Museum’s website.
Hope became known as the “one-man-morale machine” and was affectionally dubbed “G.I. Bob” by those in uniform during his 50 years performing USO shows to 11 million service members. So Ready for Laughter features nearly 50 artifacts and includes an original 11-minute documentary produced by award-winning filmmaker John Scheinfeld. Highlights include rare and unpublished photographs of Hope, wartime correspondence between Hope and service members, WWII-era relics engraved to Hope, videos of Hope’s traveling wartime troupe, and programs and scrapbooks for the star-studded fundraiser tour, Hollywood Victory Caravan. The gallery also includes an interactive touch-table and a video wall.
The Army Historical Foundation, the official foundation of the National Museum of the United States Army, is proud to be the supporting sponsor for this latest traveling exhibit.
You can also explore the latest companion programs curated specifically for in-person and virtual visitors in celebration of this latest exhibit opening. The Army Historical Foundation’s golf tournament returns this fall with a Bob Hope themed event. You can learn more about how to sponsor or register as a participant through the Foundation’s tournament website.