Lakewood Historical Society board member, Jim Curley, was busy assembling a stage on March 18th in preparation for the Lakewood History Museum’s next exhibit. The 6 foot stage is red and blue and has red velvet curtains.
This stage—it’s even lighted—once was the showcase for Jeanne Charlton’s puppets. Those who may have seen Charlton’s puppet shows in the 1960’s-80’s as children will remember those entertaining performances featuring well known characters such as Merlin the Magician or Raggedy Ann and Andy, or more fanciful ones such as the Hollywood Trolls. Over 300,000 school children were entertained during the 30 years that Jeanne and her troupe of puppeteers performed.
The Lakewood Historical Society has been honored to be the repository of the puppets donated by Jeanne’s husband, Bill. Jim Curley has been coordinating the acquisition with Bill Charlton and Jeanne’s dear friend, Dorothy Wilhelm.
Beginning on Sat, May 9 at 2 pm, the Lakewood History Museum will open an exhibit with a dozen of these wonderful puppets from her 200 piece collection. Everyone is welcome to stop by the Museum to view the collection through May. The Museum is located at 6211 Mt Tacoma Dr SW, across from Columbia Bank. Museum hours are Wed-Sat, Noon-4 pm. For more information, please phone 253-682-3480 or visit the Society’s website at www.lakewoodhistorical.org.