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The Bing Crosby Advocates is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Bing Crosby's life and legacy, and showcasing his connections to his home town, Spokane. One way we do this is by volunteering to show visitors the Bing Crosby House Museum in his childhood home at 508 E. Sharp Ave, on the campus at Gonzaga University.

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Our biggest annual event is the Bing Crosby Holiday Film Festival at the Bing Crosby Theater in downtown Spokane. Join us December 7, 2024 for this event at the very theater where Bing  performed in the early 1920s.

Bingsday!

Unveiling of one-of-a-kind Norman Rockwell painting of Bing

On October 16, 2022 the Bing Crosby House Museum unveiled a recently discovered Norman Rockwell painting of Bing Crosby.

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Bingsday is October 16, celebrating Bing Crosby

Bing Crosby's
Childhood Home

The Bing Crosby House Museum in Spokane, WA

508 E. Sharp Ave. Spokane, WA

Bing Crosby's father Harry and two uncles built this home in 1911, when Bing was 8 years old. It has remained in its original location for more than a century. The main floor houses the Bing Crosby Collection, which contains more than 200 items including Bing's gold records, trophies, awards, and an official Academy Award given for his performance in Going My Way (1944).

The house is open free of charge to the public. Free parking directly behind the back of the house.

Hours: 

Mondays 1 - 4:00 p.m.

Wednesdays 1 - 4:00 p.m.

Fridays 1 - 4:00 p.m.

Saturdays 1 - 4:00 p.m.

The Museum

Gonzaga University Bing Crosby Collection

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Gonzaga University houses a large collection of material relating to 20th Century singer and actor Harry Lillis (Bing) Crosby, a childhood resident of Spokane and alumnus of Gonzaga. Crosby began to donate items to Gonzaga University in preparation for the opening of the Crosby Library in 1957, and today the Crosby House, Bing's boyhood home serves as a museum for Bing's many enduring and brand new fans.

Items in the Crosby Collection include photographs, audiovisual recordings, paintings and artwork, books, original manuscripts, memorabilia, research material, fan club periodicals, and the entire collection of the Bing Crosby Historical Society of Tacoma, Washington. For a complete inventory of the Crosby Collection, contact the University Archives and Special Collections department at 509-313-3873 or uasc@gonzaga.edu.

Bing Crosby Collection 
Highlights

Bing Crosby as a young boy with friends in Spokane

The above photo is of Bing surrounded by his friends. It was taken about the same time Bing's childhood home was built. The house behind Bing's friends was not his house, but still exists. It was moved across Sharp Avenue several years ago.

 

The Crosby Collection includes photographs of
Bing, his family, friends, and contemporaries, and places associated with him.

Books and other Secondary Material:
Books in various editions by Bing and other books either about him, his family, friends, and contemporaries. Also, includes books owned by him.

News clippings about Bing and his family, sheet music, Bing Crosby Pro-Am Golf Programs, scrapbooks about Crosby created by his fans.

The Library receives gift subscriptions of periodicals donated by the various Bing Crosby fan clubs, such as Club Crosby and the International Crosby Circle.

Research Material:
Materials gathered by scholars and fans about him. This includes correspondence, research notes and  manuscripts

Realia:
Includes three dimensional objects such as: ice cream cartons, coloring books, buttons, clothing, etc.

Bing Crosby Fan Club Periodicals

The Bing Crosby Fan Club Periodicals lists the holdings of various periodicals of Crosby fan clubs from throughout the world.


Bing Crosby Radio Shows:

Gonzaga University has a large collection of Bing Crosby radio discs including:

  • The Bing Crosby Show : 1949 - 1954

  • Kraft Music Hall: 1943 - 1946

  • Minute Maid Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice: 1949 - 1950

  • Philco Radio Time: 1946 - 1949

  • Miscellaneous: 1936 - 1960

 

For a complete inventory, please contact the Gonzaga University Archives and Special Collections department at 509-313-3873 or uasc@gonzaga.edu.

Bing Crosby at Gonzaga University
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