Vincennes, Indiana paid its respects by placing a black cloth on the Red Skelton bench in front of the newspaper office and a memorial at the high school. Vincennes University President, Dr. Phillip Summers began his vision for a performing arts center and museum named after Red Skelton.
“Merton of the Movies” performed by University students. This play was made into a movie starring Red Skelton. February – Dedication of Red Skelton Performance Arts Center. “Skelton in the Schools” program. Special events in local school to educate the youth on Red Skelton. June – “Paint the Town Red”. Downtown festival with clown parade and dedication of mural. Gala with the Smothers Brothers. July – Birthday party with tour of birthplace. October – Ground breaking of Red Skelton Museum thanks to a $500,000 donation from JAMAC.