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The Long and Winding Road

December 1, 2019

Thanks for clicking on the link to read more about our progress! This isn't going to be your average blog post.  This is an epic tale of struggle, setbacks, growth, and ultimate victory!  Okay, okay, I'm exaggerating a bit...but just a little bit.   This post isn't an update or a report of a single event. This post is a complete picture, the whole arc of the story of this amazing gem, Vent Haven Museum.  Who we were, who we are,  and where we're going...  

 

Vent Haven was originally one man's private collection.  W.S. Berger was a businessman with a hobby: collecting everything having to do with ventriloquism.  His lifetime was 1878-1972; essentially Vaudeville through the Ed Sullivan era.  Ventriloquism was ubiquitous then and Mr. Berger was determined and focused.  In 40 years, he amassed what is still an unmatched collection of about 500 dummies and puppets, a massive library, hundreds of playbills and scripts, correspondence files and other ventriloquania.  His sole passion, commitment, and diligence led to the incorporation of Vent Haven Museum, Inc. in 1963.

 

When he passed away in 1972, Mr. Berger left his estate and the fledgling museum in the capable hands of his attorney, John R.S. Brooking, and a small board of directors.