(SPOKANE, Wash.) — To promote the upcoming second Annual Bing Crosby Holiday Film Festival at the Bing Crosby Theater on Friday, Dec. 7, Gonzaga University again loaned some Crosby items to display at The Davenport Hotel and Tower.
This is the second consecutive year that Gonzaga and The Davenport have teamed up to provide the public with a chance to see more memorabilia from the world famous entertainer and Gonzaga alumnus.
“It’s a treat to have Bing back in the building,” says Tom McArthur of The Davenport. “Mr. Crosby walked these halls many times in life and always had a fondness for his home town of Spokane. We’re grateful for the opportunity to welcome his niece, share artifacts from his career and support the theater which bears his name right across the street.”
The Christmas-themed display case has a few Crosby Family Christmas Cards, Christmas record album covers, and Christmas gifts that Bing gave to his friends.
The other two cases display a pipe, his silk dressing robe with his name on the pocket, photographs, sheet music, souvenir flasks from his golfing Pro-Am, and other memorabilia. Most items will be on display through March at The Davenport Hotel.
Bing’s niece, Carolyn Schneider, will be in town over the weekend for a public presentation at the Bing Crosby Theater at 3 p.m. on Friday. Schneider also will be signing her book “Me and Uncle Bing” at the theater and at Auntie’s Bookstore.
For more information about the film festival, Schneider’s visit or the displays, please contact Stephanie Plowman, curator of Gonzaga’s Crosby Collection, at (509) 323-3847 or via e-mail.