Miss Piggy Joins Kermit in Smithsonian Collection

Miss Piggy has finally reunited with her beau, Kermit the Frog, in the Smithsonian Institution’s collection of Jim Henson’s Muppets.

Henson’s daughter, Cheryl Henson, donated more than 20 puppets and props to the National Museum of American History on Tuesday, which also coincided with the anniversary of Jim Henson’s birthday.

"My father and my mother met at the University of Maryland; they were around Washington D.C. for many years; they got their start here with 'Sam and Friends' on local television in Washington D.C.," Henson said. "It matters so much for us as the family to know that some of his characters are here at the Smithsonian."

The donation included Miss Piggy and some of her co-stars from "The Muppet Show," including Fozzie Bear, Scooter and the Swedish Chef.

Popular puppets from "Sesame Street" rounded out the donation, including Bert and Ernie, Elmo, the Cookie Monster, Grover and Count Von Count.

The donation also included Boober Fraggle and Traveling Matt from "Fraggle Rock."

The donated puppets were the first constructions of the characters, some that have been around since Henson got his start with “Sam and Friends" at WRC-TV in 1954.

The museum already houses Oscar the Grouch, Kermit and the cast of "Sam and Friends." The collection includes the original Kermit the Frog creation, as well as the more famous Kermit used in "Sesame Street'" and "The Muppet Show.'"


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The museum says Miss Piggy will go on display in March 2014 in the museum's "American Stories'' exhibit. The original Kermit and Cookie Monster will go on view in November in a special display case.

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