A personal message of thanks...

Since this was Vent Haven's first time participating in Giving Tuesday, I really didn't know what to expect. Would people help promote us? Would people respond? Would people donate? I learned yesterday that the answer to all three of these questions is a resounding, "YES!" As I sat working at my desk, notification after notification came in that another donation had been made. When I went out for the evening, the notifications piled up in my inbox. Those of you who know me know that I truly love this amazing collection; that I want to both protect it and share it; that, to be honest, I am quite the ventriloquism dork at this point. When I see how much *you* care, though, I am inspir

What a treat!

Today was an amazing day here at the Haven! I was honored to host John Davidson, his wife Rhonda, and Noah Plomgren, John's cast mate in Finding Neverland. I tried, unsuccessfully, to hide my excitement at getting to meet Mr. Davidson... John Davidson learned about Vent Haven from retired ventriloquist Jim Teter, who worked with John on several occasions. Jim and John have also been great friends for decades. As many of you know, Jim generously donated his cast of presidential dummies to the museum last year, where they have quickly become tourist favorites. John is touring as Charles Frohman & Captain James Hook in the production of Finding Neverland which is now playing at the Aronoff

A sweet sailor...

Today I'd like to thank Rick Jenkins for adopting sweet Little Joe at this year's convention. This great dummy was made by George & Glenn McElroy of Harrison, Ohio, and was used by Mumford Platt of Cincinnati, Ohio. Vent Haven founder W.S. Berger corresponded primarily with Platt's widow, Ethel, who sold Little Joe to Mr. Berger for $125.00 in 1959. Little Joe arrived at the Haven on November 7th of that year. Ethel kept in touch with W.S. and always commented about Little Joe. In a letter dated March 4, 1960, Ethel wrote, "Last fall when you purchased my Little Joe, I was both relieved to know he would be with someone who loved him, and I was pleased to receive your letter stating that h

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