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SW Indiana comedy museum receives 5-figure grant

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A museum devoted to the comedy of Indiana-born comic Red Skelton has received a $65,000 boost for its planned July opening in southwestern Indiana.

The contribution announced Wednesday by the Old National Bank Foundation increases the financial backing for the new Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy to $100,000. The museum is scheduled to open July 18 at Vincennes University.

Red Skelton Museum Foundation president Bernie Niehaus says the bank foundation's donation will give it naming rights to one of the museum's exhibits.

Museum curator and director Shirley J. Ray tells the Vincennes Sun-Commercial that phase one of the museum will be ready for the July 18 opening that also marks the 100th anniversary of Skelton's birth in a home near the Vincennes museum.

Skelton died in 1997.

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