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Bob Hope: An American Treasure Public Events

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Join us for these free, public events in conjunction with the special exhibit, Bob Hope: An American Treasure, on display August 3, 2013 through October 27, 2013. For more information call 504-528-1944 x 229.

Opening Reception
Thursday, August 1, 2013
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Louisiana Memorial Pavilion & Special Exhibit Galleries
Join Miranda Hope, Bob Hope’s granddaughter, as we open Bob Hope: An American Treasure. To RSVP or for more information, call 504-528-1944 x 229.

Film Screening Road to Morocco (1942)
Thursday, August 15, 2013
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Solomon Victory Theater
Released during the war, this 1942 film stars Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour. The third of the “Road to…” movies, it is the story about two fast-talking guys cast away on a desert shore and is full of laughs. For more information or to RSVP, call 504-528-1944 x 229.

Lagniappe Lecture – “Golf During World War II” by Tom Gibbs
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
H. Mortimer Favrot Orientation Center
Augusta National a turkey farm? Abercrombie and Fitch producing golf balls as if they were going out of style? World War II affected the game of golf more than you may think. Historian Tom Gibbs presents on how the game changed, from materials to courses, during wartime. For more information, call 504-528-1944 x 229.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Stage Door Canteen
The August 28, 2013 Pub Quiz has been canceled.  Please join us on September 25, 2013 for our next Pub Quiz.

Dinner with a Curator – “Entertaining the Troops”
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Stage Door Canteen
Millions of Americans — average citizens and celebrities alike — were engaged in the effort to entertain the 16 million American men and women who served during World War II. These entertainers sustained the troops before and during their darkest hours and reminded them why they were fighting. They made donuts, told jokes, sang and danced, smiled and lent an ear. One such volunteer was Bob Hope, who spent his lifetime entertaining troops through the USO, and was named an “Honorary Veteran” by an Act of Congress in 1997. Hear about the efforts to boost morale during World War II and get a special look inside the special exhibit, Bob Hope: An American Treasure. To make your reservation, call 504-528-1943.

Film Screening – The Princess and the Pirate (1944)
Thursday, September 19, 2013
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Stage Door Canteen
Join us for this 1944 comedy starring Bob Hope and Virginia Mayo. The film is about a princess who travels incognito to elope with her true love instead of marrying the man to
whom she is betrothed. On the high seas, her ship is attacked by pirates who plan to kidnap her and hold her for ransom, unaware that she will be rescued by the unlikeliest
of knights errant. Produced by Samuel Goldwyn, The Princess and the Pirate received Academy Award nominations for Best Art Direction and Best Music Score. For more information or to RSVP, call 504-528-1944 x 229.

Pub Quiz
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Stage Door Canteen
This month’s Pub Quiz will feature rounds on golf and Bob Hope in addition to the usual eclectic array of topics!

Book Discussion – Once Upon a Town by Bob Greene
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Stage Door Canteen
During World War II, American soldiers from every city and walk of life rolled through North Platte, Nebraska, on troop trains en route to their ultimate destinations around the world. The tiny town transformed its modest railroad depot into the North Platte Canteen and offered food, treats, welcoming words, friendship and support to over six million GIs by the time the war ended. For more information or to RSVP, call 504-528-1944 x 229.

Bob Hope Family Day
Saturday, October 26, 2013
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Louisiana Memorial Pavilion
The whole family is invited for special kid-friendly activities tied to the history of one of America’s greatest ambassadors, Bob Hope! For more information or to RSVP, call 504-528-1944 x 229.

Performance: Thanks for the Memories: Bob Hope and His All-Star Pacific Tour
September 20, 21 & 23 | September 27, 28 & 29
October 11, 12 & 13 | October 18 & 20
Stage Door Canteen
A cast of 14 recreates the USO performances of Bob Hope, Judy Garland, The Andrews Sisters, Carmen Miranda and more with our Victory Swing band. Just imagine how thrilled the troops were to hear such favorites as I’ll Be Seeing You, Somewhere Over the Rainbow and, of course, Thanks for the Memories.

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