Henson Family Donates Original Muppets to the Smithsonian
Alongside his not-as-famous pals, Kermit the Frog was donated to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History by Jim Henson’s wife, Jane, this past Wednesday. Originally cast as a post-news puppet show, Kermit and the original Muppets debuted in 5 minute sketches, usually lip-syncing to popular music, after the local news.
While most today won’t recognize the other puppet-cohorts of Kermit, the museum plans to show clips from early appearances, and help promote the new display in the Pop Culture Gallery, set to debut in November. Curator Dwight Blocker Bowers (say that three times fast) said the Muppets would be a welcome addition to the museum’s collection. “It certainly shows the Muppets at the beginning of the career of a large family of entertainers,” he said. “More than anything, I think it shows the genius of Jim Henson.”
In order to hype this donation, and future installation, a road show has been set up, with a first opening in the Windy City, opening on September 24th at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry.
Jane donated this first batch of Muppets, with plans to continue the donation in the years to come. We hope in time to take out own children (when we have children, mind you) to the Smithsonian to see some of our favorites from Henson’s workshop, including any Muppets who made their way into Bill Cosby’s show. You know that episode we’re talking about. Doc eats the sausage sandwich, and have some weird dreams, ala Muppetland. He’s visited by the Hippocritic Oaf, and eventually opens the fridge to find all the contents to have been transformed into puppetry. But we digress… At very least, expect Kermit’s longtime female companion, the far-from-kosher Ms. Piggy to join her lime-green romeo soon (in tow, we’re sure, with other actual major Muppet players). In the mean time… Expect Kermit and his pals to enjoy the sans-pig-silence.
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