Red Skelton Museum Gift of Giving exhibition opens Dec. 5

Red Skelton Museum Gift of Giving exhibition opens Dec. 5

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November 30, 2017

 November 30, 2017 / Red Skelton Museum Gift of Giving exhibition opens Dec. 5

VINCENNES, Ind. - The Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy will host its inaugural Gift of Giving exhibition, featuring items donated to the Museum from the collection of Isaac “Ike” Murphy of Vincennes. The exhibition opens Dec. 5 and will run through Feb. 4, 2018.

The Museum is located adjacent to Vincennes University’s Red Skelton Performing Arts Center, 20 Red Skelton Blvd.

Murphy is one of many Museum supporters who have donated items to the collection. Future Gift of Giving exhibitions will feature the gifts from additional donors.

The Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy serves as a repository for an extensive collection of Red Skelton memorabilia. A permanent display tells the main Red Skelton story and Mark Kratzner, curator, has incorporated a series of short-term displays to offer a more in-depth look at “America’s Clown,” such as Red’s love of clowns and his relationships with U.S. Presidents.


Isaac "Ike" Murphy, Vincennes, felt a connection to Red Skelton upon learning that the iconic entertainer was from his hometown. He became a fan after seeing him in the 1963 parade through downtown Vincennes. Murphy started collecting paintings, movie photos, and other items, and he donated some of his collection to the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy in 2007.


The Red Skelton Museum Foundation is dedicated to both preserving and sharing the legacy of Vincennes native Red Skelton, an internationally recognized entertainer whose talents included comedy, pantomime, painting, composing, and writing.  Rising to the heights of popularity in television, radio, and motion pictures, Skelton earned the admiration of millions of fans, including the Indiana Legislature that backed the construction of the $17 million Red Skelton Performing Arts Center at Vincennes University.  Adjoining the Center is the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy, a fully interactive museum that explores American comedy in the context of Red’s life and comedic genius, showcasing it in a variety of formats.  Donations may be sent to the Red Skelton Museum Foundation, 20 Red Skelton Blvd. Vincennes, IN 47591.


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