Sept. 24 - On the anniversary of Jim Henson's birthday, more than 20 of his loveable Muppets and props have been donated to The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Jillian Kitchener reports.
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Jim Henson puppets, including Elmo, Fozzie Bear, the Count and Miss Piggy, have been donated to Washington, D.C.'s American History Museum on the anniversary of their creator's birthday.
Miss Piggy is finally reuniting with her longtime love, Kermit the Frog.
On the anniversary of Jim Henson's birthday, more than 20 of his loveable Muppets and props have been donated to The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.
Some familiar faces include Miss Piggy, Elmo, Bert, Fozzie Bear, the Count and the Swedish Chef.
And the museum is thrilled to have them.
Curator at the Smithsonian Institute, Dwight Blocker Bowers:
(SOUNDBITE)(English) CURATOR AT THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTE, DWIGHT BLOCKER BOWERS, , SAYING:
"I feel especially honored to accept these objects for the national collections. They represent the vast creativity of one of America's great innovators: Jim Henson."
Jim Henson's daughter Cheryl says her father's work deserves its place in American culture.
(SOUNDBITE)(English) CHERYL HENSON, SAYING:
"I think that our whole family recognizes how amazing it is to have my father's work placed in the cultural context of this country. It's just beautiful, so thank you, thank you," she said. "Also, many of these puppets have been in boxes for years, they have been tucked away in boxes and and we don't want them to stay in boxes. We want people to see them and to appreciate them."
Fans of the Muppets will be able to see some of these latest additions, with a new exhibition on puppetry this December.
As for Miss Piggy - she will receive the attention she desires, as part of the museum's permanent "American Stories" exhibition.
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