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Puppetry Arts Institut...
Paul Mesner Puppets
Jane F Flynn
$18,000 Grant Gives Puppets Something to Sing About
December 24, 2006
Paul Mesner Puppets has received one of the nine 2007 grants to Kansas City area arts organizations from the National Endowment for the Arts. The $18,000 NEA Access to Excellence grant is for the production...
Biography of Hazelle Hedges Rollins (1910-1984), Puppet Creator
C. E. Russell, Jeweler
Advertising card for C. E. Russell showing a "man" hinged at the joints (like a marionette) looking at a watch. Card is cut in the shape of a keystone. Front of card says: “Solid silver and clocks. Fine...
Hazelle and Her Marionettes
June 27, 1905
Mike Joly tells the story of Hazelle Hedges Rollins and the development of what became the world's largest company specializing in the manufacture of puppets. Filled with photographs and anecdotes, the...
Her Dolls Come Alive All Over the World
July 6, 1948
History of the establishment of Hazelle's Marionettes and the expansion of the factory at 10th and Campbell streets. Includes a photo of Hazelle Hedges Rollins (Mrs. John Woodson) with the puppets and...
Interest in Puppets Evolves into Quest for Dream: Woman Hopes to Honor Kansas Citian with Museum
Photo and article about the plans for "a home for the Puppetry Arts Institute (led by president Diane Houk] and a museum honoring the late Hazelle Hedges Rollins [or Hazelle Rollins], a Kansas Citian who...
Kansas City Women of Independent Minds
Photo, illustration, and bio of Hazelle Hedges Rollins, or Hazelle Rollins (1910-1984), a designer and maker of marionettes and finger puppets in Kansas City. Growing up at 815 West 59th Street and starting...
No Strings Attached
April 25, 2004
Article describes a May 2004 production of Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta "The Mikado" by the Paul Mesner Puppets and the Civic Opera of Kansas City.
January 17-23, 2002
Photograph of and article about Paul Mesner, a Kansas City puppeteer. Article describes Mesner's puppets and his "Aesop's Fables" puppet show, performed at Unity Temple on the Plaza.
Puppeteer Plays to His Audience in the Kitchen
July 30, 2008
Article reports interview with Paul Mesner, founder of Paul Mesner Puppets, about his "love affair with food." Includes photo of Mesner and recipe for Duck with Pomegranate Sauce.
Puppetry Institute Educates While It Entertains
December 16, 2003
Profile of the Puppetry Arts Institute at 11025 E. Winner Road in Independence, Missouri. The Institute opened its doors October 13, 2001, as a museum for the puppets and marionettes desgined by Kansas...
Puppets on Parade
August 1, 2003
Short overview of the life of Hazelle Rollins, creator of Hazelle Marionettes in 1935 that grew to be the largest exclusive manufacturer of toy puppets in the world. More than 150 Hazelle puppets and marionettes...
Short article about Paul Mesner who founded Paul Mesner Puppets in Kansas City 20 years ago.
August 1, 2004
Short overview of the Puppetry Arts Institute located at 11025 E. Winner Road, Independence, Missouri.
Torey Southwick and Ol' Gus
September 28, 2005
In the "Postcards of Historic Northeast" column in this issue is featured a postcard of Torey Southwick holding his puppet, Ol' Gus. They were on Kansas City afternoon television from the late 1950s to...
February 15, 2004
Feature story on local artist Christopher Leitch who writes poetry, essays, criticism and voluminous personal journals. He also "designs fashions, furnishings and fabric, which are printed with unique...
Vacation Bible School
Interior view of a puppet show identified as Vacation Bible School in 1989.
Interior view of students seated at their desks watching a puppet show at Woodland School.
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