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Red Skelton died.

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.

1997

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Lothian Skelton donated cement footprints of Red Skelton, Ed Wynn, and Charlie Chaplin to Vincennes University. Red Skelton impersonator, Tom Mullica, performs at the high school.

 

1999

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Vincennes University buys Red Skelton’s birthplace. Plans to make the home into a museum. 

2003

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Bob and Dolores Hope Foundation gives $10,000. Construction of Performing Arts Center begins. More than 200 boxes from the estate arrive. 

2004

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Lothian visits work site

 

2005

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“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.

 

2006

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Gala with Debbie Reynolds. 

2007

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Red Skelton collection transferred from Vincennes University Foundation to the Red Skelton Foundation. Gala with Crystal Gayle.

2008

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Gala with Clown Follies.

Professional clowns across the nation. US Postal Stamp of the Red Skelton Show.

2009

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Downtown festival with a clown wedding.

Red Skelton Museum partners with the Indian Historical Society. Items from the collection transferred to Indianapolis for preservation reasons.Frank Ladner donation of $1 million.

2010

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Festival. Anne Pratt and Shirley Ray hired.

2011

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Festival. Exhibit in downtown historic Old State Bank. Special guest clowns played Bozo the Clown and Rusty on WGN Chicago. Lilly Endowment gives $1 million to Skelton museum.

2012

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Masonic cornerstone Festival July 18th–Grand Opening of Red Skelton Museum (Phase 1) on Red’s 100th birthday.

September – Dr. Phillip Summers died.

2013

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AATH Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor international conference held here Festival July 18th – Opening of Phase 2 of the Red Skelton Museum with Tom Mullica.

2014

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Festival. Peru Amateur Circus

2015

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REDucation Room (Multimedia room for special events.) Festival on the Museum’s grounds.

Brian Hoffman “Red Skelton” was representing Dr. Summers in the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay.

2016

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