Here are some photos I took while at the museum. Because museum visitors are asked not to use flash photography, some of the pictures are dark, but I hope you can still see them well enough to identify some of the characters from The Sound of Music!
I learned that Bil Baird, who grew up in Mason City, designed and made marionettes for puppet shows and movies, but also designed marionettes for use in TV commercials! Here are pictures from several other displays. Do any of the characters look familiar to you?
Here is a video from The Shirley Temple Show (c. 1960) that features Bil's puppets. Can you figure out which photo below shows the puppets used on that show?
When it was time to leave the museum we strolled out on the lawn and discovered this:
The museum's website has information on this interesting play center.
If you would like more information on puppets and puppetry, you might enjoy these titles, available at the Bellevue Public Library:
Finger Puppet Fun by Thomasina Smith
The Muppets Make Puppets by Cheryl Henson
On Stage: Theater Games and Activities For Kids by Lisa Bany-Winters
My Puppet Art Class by Nellie Shepherd
Making Puppets by Sally Henry
Make Your Own Puppets by Anna-Marie D'Cruz
The Art of the Puppet by Bil Baird