Hopalong Cassidy was a beloved Western cowboy hero from the 1930′s to the 1950′s whose films and television programs were enjoyed by millions of fans. From 1953 to 1959 he was spokesman for Melville Dairy, a Scott family business. While serving as spokesman, Hoppy’s image appeared on Melville Dairy glass bottles, milk cartons, and in local advertisements. In 1956, he was Grand Marshall for the Burlington Christmas Parade.
The Hopalong Cassidy exhibit opened to the public in February 2007. In addition to the featured collectibles on display, there was a life-sized stand up figure of Hoppy and his horse, Topper. On the opening day, former radio band, the “Rocky River Boys” played to the crowd of exhibit goers and dancers. A menu of chili and cornbread and other ‘cowboy fare’ was served to the crowd of over 200.
Among the collectibles on display for the exhibit were a camera, coloring books, puzzles, and board games. Autographed photos of Hopalong, watches, children’s sweaters and shirts, movie posters and other items were featured in this popular display. DVD’s of Hoppy’s western movies were shown in the auditorium, while a high school rodeo champion demonstrated his “roping” techniques to opening day visitors. On display also was a vintage bicycle in mint condition featuring handlebar ‘horns’, a saddle seat, and stirrup pedals.
Exhibition Dates: February 2007–July 2007