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Bob Hope exhibit coming to Idaho State Museum in Boise

By: - October 6, 2023 4:05 am
Bob Hope talking with service members

A new exhibit celebrating Bob Hope’s contributions to service members and the country during World War II will be on display at the Idaho State Museum in Boise until April 7. (Courtesy of the Idaho State Historical Society)

A new exhibit celebrating the career of entertainer and comedian Bob Hope is coming to the Idaho State Museum beginning Saturday.

The exhibit, titled “So Ready for Laughter: The Legacy of Bob Hope,” tells the story of Hope’s place in World War II history and beyond, according to an Idaho State Historical Society press release. It features multimedia elements and storytelling, including artifacts, Hope’s correspondence, films, rare photographs and an interactive display. 

“‘So Ready for Laughter: The Legacy of Bob Hope’ shares his belief that laughter is a great elixir and that finding joy in what you do can uplift others,” the press release said. “The exhibition is rooted in Hope’s values and contributions from his wartime service flying the globe to his postwar career keeping America smiling.”

The exhibit will be on display until April 7 and is financially supported by national tour exhibit sponsor, the Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation, and local sponsors George Juetten, Parsons Behle & Latimer, and the Foundation for Idaho History.


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Christina Lords
Christina Lords

Christina Lords is the editor-in-chief of the Idaho Capital Sun and has been a professional journalist covering local and state government since graduating from the University of Idaho in 2009. A Pocatello native, Lords is a fifth-generation Idahoan who served as a reporter at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News and the Post Register in Idaho Falls and served as assistant editor for the Idaho Press in Nampa. She also led the Idaho Statesman in Boise for two years before turning to nonprofit journalism.