In support of the National Puppetry Festival, we have joined other exhibition venues on campus to show off puppet related materials in our collection. In the reference room you’ll see books describing how to make puppets of all kinds and the theaters and plays to go with them as well as hand puppets from the Phyllis Hirsch Boyson Artifact Collection. The show will be up through August 31.
You can view the puppet exhibit during the hours that our reference room is open: Monday through Friday, 9a.m. to 4p.m.
“The most important value of the practice of puppetry for a child is his introduction to the world of art. In his work, a puppeteer creates and uses many forms of art: he writes, he designs sets, he sculptures his puppets, he costumes them, he uses carpentry techniques to build sets and props, he uses artists’ techniques to color his backgrounds. The puppeteer also becomes a producer, an actor, and a director; perhaps a singer, a musician, or even a lighting director or stage manager. On top of all this, the puppeteer must be skillful with his hands; he must be a manipulator of puppets.
The study of puppetry is not just a hobby; it is a most enjoyable initiation to the world of fine arts.”
—Sir George’s Book of Hand Puppetry, George Creegan, 1966