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Puppetry center seeks photos, memories to tell its history

By Howard Pousner
hpousner@ajc.com

The Center for Puppetry Arts’ marks its 32nd anniversary on Sept. 23 and is looking forward with a book project that looks back.

With an eye to producing an illustrated history of the Midtown institution for its 35th anniversary, education director Alan Louis is asking Atlantans to share images and information from the Midtown institution.

Of special interest to the puppetry center:

  • Photos, slides and stories from its 32 years, especially Jim Henson on opening day, September 23, 1978, and the as well as anything historic from Vagabond Marionettes (1966 through the late 1980s).
  • The sign on the lawn for “The Art of The Muppets Exhibit” in 1981.
  • Any photos of Vagabond’s first touring van (1966-69) that had “Here Comes Big Steve” painted across the front of it.
  • Any photos of the Vagabond Marionettes performing at the Lenox Square Auditorium or Theatre Atlanta (now Center Stage). Any photos of Vince Anthony and Vagabond Marionettes performing at birthday parties in people’s homes.

To contact Louis: alanlouis@puppet.org or 404-881-5144.

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