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National Museum of American History opens Puppetry in America

The National Museum of American History presents “Puppetry in America” a new display open from on Dec. 13, featuring several Jim Henson puppet characters, the namesake puppet from The Howdy Doody Show and many other classic figures. The 30-foot-long display will examine the impact puppets have had on American culture over time.

Often used as both a teaching method and a form of entertainment, puppetry is an ancient storytelling tradition adopted by colonial Americans. The museum’s nine-section display will give visitors a chance to see many popular puppet characters spanning several generations; each section will showcase a different type of puppet: finger puppets, hand puppets, marionettes, paper puppets, rod puppets, hand-rod puppets, shadow puppets, slow motion puppets and ventriloquist puppets.

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