Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Bing Crosby's Boyhood Home, 508 E. Sharp Ave., Saturday, October 26, 2013; 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
To celebrate this home's 100th anniversary, the Advocates of the Bing Crosby Theater will be hosting an open house and cake during Gonzaga's Fall Family Weekend. This event is free and open to the public.
In July 1913, Harry and Catherine Crosby moved with their six children (No. 7 on the way) into the nine-room, two-story home, Bing Crosby's father, had the house built to accommodate his large family. Catherine had purchased the property for $1 from the Pioneer Educational Society, a Jesuit organization that owned much land around Gonzaga. Numerous Catholic families built their homes in this neighborhood, which became known as "the Holy Land" or "the Little Vatican."
The house served as the Crosby family's home for 23 years, including when Bing attended Gonzaga High School and Gonzaga University (1914-24). The C. P. Higgins family purchased the home from the Crosby family in 1936 for $3,600, and owned it until 1978. The Gonzaga Alumni Association purchased the house in 1980. The Crosby Alumni House was used for alumni events with staff offices upstairs unitl 2010, when the Alumni Association moved to the Heutter Mansion across the street. Afterwards, the Crosby House was used for office space for a couple of departments.
2nd Annual Bing Crosby Holiday Film Festival, December 7, 2007, Bing Crosby Theater
This event was put on by the Advocates for the Bing Crosby Theater to educate the public about Bing Crosby. A $1 donation was suggested. School children were invited to attend the 10:00 showing of "Bells of St. Mary's". Prior to the show, a short introduction about Bing Crosby and his impact on music was given to inform the students. Over 70 students were in the audience.
The Bing Crosby Collection at Gonzaga loaned materials to have on display in the lobby as well as in the lobby of the Davenport Hotel, which is across the street from the theater. These displays are still open to the public.
10:00 a.m. "Bells of St. Mary's"
1:00 p.m. "White Christmas"
3:00 p.m. Book signing and talk by Crosby's niece Carolyn Schneider and her book Me and Uncle Bing
4:00 p.m. Selected Bing Crosby short films
6:00 p.m. "The Big Bing Theory", Gonzaga University a cappella group
6:30 p.m. Salute to Bing Crosby and America's Veterans
7:00 p.m. "White Christmas"
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Oral History Project, Bing Crosby Theater Lobby
Wing Ding for the Bing” Spokane’s Met Theater Renamed the Bing Crosby Theater, December 8, 2006
On December 8, 2006 there was day long events to celebrate the name change . Starting at noon, there was a free Bing Crosby Film Festival at the theater. “Going My Way”, “The Road to Morocco”, and “White Christmas” was shown. At 7:00 p.m. the theater was dedicated and the new sign unveiled. Civic dignitaries were invited and participated in the event. At 8:00 p.m., Kathryn Crosby performed her cabaret act as a fundraising event.
Bing Crosby: A Celebration of His Life on the 100th Anniversary of his Birth”, May 16-18, 2003
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Bing Crosby’s birth, Gonzaga University hosted a three day event. For more information about the 3 day event, visit: http://guweb2.gonzaga.edu/bing