Expedition Team: Dave Miller, Rosie Miller, Jacque Kelly

Date: June 4, 2023

We visited the famous Vent Haven Museum, home of ventriloquist dummies and memorabilia. Opened in 1973, the museum has been closed for a little over a year for renovation and expansion. The museum has over 1,300 dummies/figures displayed from the late 1880’s to modern times. Photographs and memorabilia are everywhere and special exhibits on Edgar Bergan, Paul Winchell, Shari Lewis, Darci Lynne, and Jeff Dunham highlighted the informative tour by curator Lisa Sweasy. Dunham especially has contributed much to the museum and a new addition – a small auditorium (the Jeff Dunham Theater) gave us a chance to get on stage with a dummy and try a line or two. I told a bald joke and got a laugh. Rosie and Jacque grabbed dummies and verbally sparred with each other. It was a fun time.

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