Special Exhibits


Bob Hope standing outside house, looking inside through window
Bob Hope looking in Early Cleveland home

Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation

The Third Floor Changing Exhibit Gallery- 3 East -
May 26, 2018 through September 3, 2018
Bob Hope: An American Treasure

The 2,200-square foot traveling exhibition tells the story of Bob Hope, an American comedian, actor and entertainer whose career started in the 1930’s and continued through the 1990’s. The exhibition includes a series of themed exhibit display units that celebrate his comedic contributions, achievements in entertainment, relationships with a number of U.S. Presidents and his other passion – golf. It traces his family’s arrival at Ellis Island, life as part of an immigrant family in Cleveland, his struggles to succeed in New York in entertainment, the success and family life he found in Hollywood and how golf and his love for the military took him around the world.

The traveling exhibition includes reproductions of more than 200 vintage photos, seven videos and more than 170 items including an original vaudeville contract from 1922, his Ellis Island medal, the final set of golf clubs used in his life, Emmy and Honorary Oscar awards, an outfit he wore during USO tours, gifts and awards from Presidents and other celebrities, his Congressional Gold Medal awarded by President John F. Kennedy, and his “Honorary Veteran Citation” from Congress, which he called the most important honor of his life.

The exhibition was designed and created by the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum in cooperation with the Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation.

The World Golf Hall of Fame has created an educational program for students that may be downloaded from the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum website here:

This exhibition has an accompanying app for iOS users. Find it at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bob-hope-an-american-treasure/id461294203?mt=8

Learn more about the Bob & Delores Hope Foundation at http://bobhope.org/
Read more about Bob Hope: An Immigrant
Read more about Naming the Ellis Island Library


The Third Floor Bob Hope Memorial Library Corridor Gallery - 3 West -

Six Bergen County students stand behind their art pieces
Six Bergen County Academy Students stand behind their art pieces.

Bergen County Academy

_“I AM ME… I AM YOU… YOU ARE ME… WE ARE US” …each of us brings a thread of ourselves, our culture and our homeland to form the fabric of our new home…_

This four panel installation was designed and created by National Art Honor Society students from Bergen County Academies

https://bcts.bergen.org/index.php/2016-05-10-17-30-50/bcts-campuses (a National Park Service Partner) in Hackensack under the tutelage of their teacher, JoAnn Onnembo, in honor of the National Parks 100th Birthday Celebration. The yearlong project included historical, anthropological and cultural research with the conceptual design idea that “we, as diverse individuals, become an integral part of a new fabric we call home.” Based on their research, students created charcoal portraits of what they imagined people of various cultural backgrounds may have looked like during times of the great migration and passage through Ellis Island. Images were developed, grouped, assembled, and placed within a newly woven “quilt.” The brief title statements recognize and respect individualities, unify and support the concept, and validate our contribution as part of the whole… a fabric that becomes stronger and more vibrant because we unite as one.

Last updated: June 29, 2018

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