“Oliver Hardy is all around!”
The City of Harlem purchased a building that housed the post office, which is in the center of the downtown area. A small committee was formed to handle the operations of the museum. The museum was opened for a sneak preview during the 13th annual Oliver Hardy Festival. Where all the of the collection was displayed and Laurel and Hardy movies (8mm) were shown in the back room, “Babe’s Bijou”. Once the Festival was over, the committee got busy on renovating the building to ADA standards, etc. The committee has been hard at work with everything from correspondence, to getting donations and preparing for the big day. The City of Harlem houses the first museum in the United States to honor this comedy dual. On July 15th 2002, at 10:00am the ribbon was cut for the Grand Opening of the Laurel & Hardy Museum of Harlem, Georgia. The doors opened to the “Sons of the Desert” convention, the public and many other fans from across the United States and Abroad. So when you come to the City of Harlem, make sure you stop by our Museum and take a walk down the friendly streets you’ll notice that Oliver Hardy is all around you. If you happen to see one, two or more of the Museum committee members, please pat them on the back. They have put their heart into making this museum one to remember.
If you like the movies of Laurel & Hardy you must see this museum. The town is small, but the museum is full of all things L&H. They have movies running during the day.
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