Vent Haven Museum

Vent Haven Museum The world's only museum dedicated to the art of ventriloquism! Book your visit at www.venthaven.org.
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Vent Haven founder W.S. Berger kept everything...including all the Christmas cards he received over his four decades of ...
12/19/2023

Vent Haven founder W.S. Berger kept everything...including all the Christmas cards he received over his four decades of collecting. Here's a few cards from Christmas of 1945...

12/02/2023

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Jimmy Vee has accepted the big job of leading the Vent COnVENTion each year. This is a complicated job of scheduling shows and lectures, coordinating staff, making event location plans, and registering over 500 participants each year. Join us as we learn more about Jimmy and his plans.

What a terrific time we had here at yesterday's open house!  Thank you to everyone who chose to come visit us.  More tha...
10/29/2023

What a terrific time we had here at yesterday's open house! Thank you to everyone who chose to come visit us. More than 100 people came to see the collection and support the museum by making a donation and/or purchasing some merch. Thank you to my volunteers: Brook, Bryan, Tom, Bob, Kit, Dylan, Hunter, Natalie, Hugo, and Mindy! You all made it so easy to have fun. A very special thanks to our guest (and Vent Haven advisor) Jimmy Vee, for donating and signing copies of his book, How to Make Your Sock Talk, and for donating puppet kits as well.

10/26/2023

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone at our open house on Saturday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Thanks to our guest and Vent Haven Museum advisor Jimmy Vee for adding to the fun with his book signing event!

Hey everyone!Mark your calendars to attend our Open House on Saturday, October 28th, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Our very s...
10/08/2023

Hey everyone!
Mark your calendars to attend our Open House on Saturday, October 28th, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Our very special guest at the event will be Vent Haven Advisor Jimmy Vee. Jimmy is a professional ventriloquist and magician and an award-winning author. Jimmy will be signing and personalizing his fantastic book, How to Make Your Sock Talk! A Beginner’s Guide to Ventriloquism. This colorful and beautifully illustrated book shows how to create a sock puppet, create a character for the puppet, and how to do ventriloquism. In addition to the book, puppet kits will be available for sale. All the proceeds from the sales of the books and puppet kits will be donated to Vent Haven!

As with all our open houses, there’s no charge to attend, but donations are welcome! I hope to see you on the 28th. Email me if you have questions at [email protected].

Many thanks to museum advisor and great friend, Jimmy Vee, for generously donating Silly Sock Puppet Kits to the museum....
09/15/2023

Many thanks to museum advisor and great friend, Jimmy Vee, for generously donating Silly Sock Puppet Kits to the museum. Our visitors will love them! Vent Haven's resident cat also thanks Jimmy for a new box to explore...

This was a fun interview...I can't wait to see the edited version as Barbara was very enamored with Denny and Skeeter! h...
09/09/2023

This was a fun interview...I can't wait to see the edited version as Barbara was very enamored with Denny and Skeeter! https://www.cetconnect.org/showcase/?fbclid=IwAR3t-ujS5QZDKsyGX96-pDWnE7CIAFT-EBbKkpX2df3YWHDMz7HNmLVk_Vw

SHOWCASE with Barbara Kellar – Lisa Sweasy & Denny Baker Season 15, Episode 8 Barbara is joined by two esteemed guests: Lisa Sweasy, the Director of the Vent Haven Ventriloquist Museum, and professional ventriloquist, Denny Baker. Vent Haven is a unique treasure nestled right in our own city, devo...

Thank you to Austin Phillips for donating this sweet dummy for our tourists to try out. He's a hit!
07/30/2023

Thank you to Austin Phillips for donating this sweet dummy for our tourists to try out. He's a hit!

The Bergen & McCarthy exhibit here at Vent Haven
07/13/2023

The Bergen & McCarthy exhibit here at Vent Haven

Happy 4th of July!! Vent Haven celebrated with the annual Ft. Mitchell Parade!! The puppets were a hit.  Thanks to Ben a...
07/04/2023

Happy 4th of July!! Vent Haven celebrated with the annual Ft. Mitchell Parade!! The puppets were a hit. Thanks to Ben and Andy Roberts for their excellent candy-throwing skills and Jon Roberts for driving the truck!

Today's a very special day in Vent Haven history!  On June 30, 1973, fifty years ago today, Vent Haven Museum was offici...
06/30/2023

Today's a very special day in Vent Haven history! On June 30, 1973, fifty years ago today, Vent Haven Museum was officially opened with the dedication of a brand new building in memory of W.S. Berger, the museum's founder. The entire event was audio recorded. The audio contains comments from Edgar Bergen and Mortimer Snerd, Jimmy Nelson and Danny O'Day, as well as comments and acknowledgements by Susan and Lou DeFalaise (Susan was the first curator). I hope you enjoy listening as much as I did!
Many thanks to Bryan Sweasy for creating a photo essay to go with the audio.
Here's how it happened on June 30, 1973...

Audio of the 1973 dedication of the W.S. Berger Memorial Building and the opening of Vent Haven Museum, recorded beginning at 2 PM on Saturday, June 30, 1973...

What a wonderful, wonderful day yesterday!!! The third annual Vent Haven Dummy Run 5K had more than 100 in person regist...
06/26/2023

What a wonderful, wonderful day yesterday!!! The third annual Vent Haven Dummy Run 5K had more than 100 in person registrants! Thank you so very much to all the participants and volunteers who made the whole event a success. In particular, thank you to race coordinator Annie Roberts for her hard work. We hope to see you all again next year!

Tomorrow is Race Day!!  Packet Pick-up tonight from 5:00-7:00 or tomorrow morning from 7:00am-8:00am.  You can still reg...
06/24/2023

Tomorrow is Race Day!! Packet Pick-up tonight from 5:00-7:00 or tomorrow morning from 7:00am-8:00am. You can still register! More age groups so more people winning medals and prizes!

No matter your pace...walk or run for the dummies!!

Join us! venthaven.org/run

Race Day is 2 days away!!  There is still time to get signed up.  Don't wait. Cost goes up to $40 on Race Day. Go to ven...
06/23/2023

Race Day is 2 days away!! There is still time to get signed up. Don't wait. Cost goes up to $40 on Race Day.

Go to venthaven.org/run to register.

Are you planning to participate in the Dummy Run 5K but haven't registered yet?  The price goes up to $40 if you wait un...
06/21/2023

Are you planning to participate in the Dummy Run 5K but haven't registered yet? The price goes up to $40 if you wait until Race Day. Sign up now to save and have some money that you could spend on VHM Merchandise available in the Dale & Leslie Brown Lobby.

Director Tom Ladshaw will be your merchandise connection. He'll have hoodies, hats, tshirts, mugs, magnets, postcards, pens, and the WS Berger Biography which is the story of why the world's only museum dedicated to ventriloquism is located in Ft. Mitchell.

Go to venthaven.org/run to register. Race Day is five days away!

Race Day is one week away!!  Don't miss out on this fun event celebrating and supporting the world's only museum dedicat...
06/18/2023

Race Day is one week away!! Don't miss out on this fun event celebrating and supporting the world's only museum dedicated to ventriloquism. All participants to get to see the new museum building and displays included in your registration.

Run for the dummies!! Sunday, June 25th at 8:30.

To register, go to venthaven.org/run

A BIG thank you to Jon Roberts and SpeedyWash Coin Laundry for being a three year sponsor of the Dummy Run!!  We appreci...
06/16/2023

A BIG thank you to Jon Roberts and SpeedyWash Coin Laundry for being a three year sponsor of the Dummy Run!! We appreciate your continued support. Click on the link below to find out more about the services SpeedWash provides at three great locations!

https://www.speedywashcoinlaundry.com/

Have you registered yet? Race Day is fast approaching on Sunday, June 25th. You don't want to miss out on the fun.

Go to venthaven.org/run to get signed up. Bring a friend!

The Dummy Run 5K Fun Run/Walk really is a run for the dummies. Each participant will get a card in their Registration pa...
06/11/2023

The Dummy Run 5K Fun Run/Walk really is a run for the dummies. Each participant will get a card in their Registration packet identifying the figure in the collection they are doing the race for.

Afterwards, the runners/walkers can get their pictures with their dummies, and race winners will get to present their dummies with a small trophy! Who will you get matched up with??

Register to find out! Go to venthaven.org/run

A BIG thank you to the Ft. Mitchell Public House for being a Dummy Run sponsor again this year and allowing our particip...
06/10/2023

A BIG thank you to the Ft. Mitchell Public House for being a Dummy Run sponsor again this year and allowing our participants to park in their lot on Race Day!! The Public House was our first race sponsor ever and continue to support the run each year!!

They will be open for brunch following the race. Run for the dummies and then get yourself some pancakes!

To register, go to venthaven.org/run

A BIG thank you to Central Bank for being our Start/Finish Line Sponsor and hosting our banner!  Their generosity has he...
06/07/2023

A BIG thank you to Central Bank for being our Start/Finish Line Sponsor and hosting our banner! Their generosity has helped our 5K be a success.

And thank you to Steve Gillespie of Central Bank for volunteering on the course to direct participants to make sure they are going the right way! We appreciate you, Steve!

To register, go to venthaven.org/run

Run for the dummies!!

Find a gal pal and have some fun running (or walking) for the dummies!  Sunday, June 25th at 8:30. You don't want to mis...
06/02/2023

Find a gal pal and have some fun running (or walking) for the dummies! Sunday, June 25th at 8:30.

You don't want to miss our banana mascot, JW Peel, and Bryan Sweasy cheering you on!

To register, go to venthaven.org/run

Museum advisor Denny Baker and Skeeter will be at the Dummy Run to kick off the race again.  Don't miss the fun! Race Da...
06/01/2023

Museum advisor Denny Baker and Skeeter will be at the Dummy Run to kick off the race again. Don't miss the fun!

Race Day is Sunday, June 25th at 8:30. Walk or run for the dummies!!

Go to venthaven.org/run to get registered!

A BIG thank you to museum advisor Ronn Lucas for being the first sponsor for the Dummy Run this year, increasing his don...
05/25/2023

A BIG thank you to museum advisor Ronn Lucas for being the first sponsor for the Dummy Run this year, increasing his donation from last year, AND he is registered to participate in the race! Run with Ronn!

Are you signed up yet? Go to venthaven.org/run.

Registrations are pouring in for the 2023 Dummy Run 5K Fun Run/Walk on Sunday, June 25th at 8:30!!  This mostly flat cou...
05/21/2023

Registrations are pouring in for the 2023 Dummy Run 5K Fun Run/Walk on Sunday, June 25th at 8:30!! This mostly flat course through the streets of lovely old Ft. Mitchell begins and ends at the Vent Haven Museum, the world's only museum dedicated to ventriloquism.

Included in the registration is a race t-shirt, bib, and tour of the new exhibits! Run for the dummies!!

Go to venthaven.org/run to sign up!

What a sweet family we had visit today.  Meet the Knepfle family.  The mom was amazed to see Farfel.  When her children ...
05/21/2023

What a sweet family we had visit today. Meet the Knepfle family. The mom was amazed to see Farfel. When her children were little, she used the Nestle jingle to teach them how to spell their last name..."K N E P F L E, Knepfle is the name for me." So cute!!!

This year's Dummy Run bib is a combo from the first and second years to match the red t-shirt this year. Don't miss the ...
05/20/2023

This year's Dummy Run bib is a combo from the first and second years to match the red t-shirt this year.

Don't miss the fun on Sunday, June 25th! Run it or walk it...get moving for the dummies!

https://www.venthaven.org/run

The reopening of the museum brought a lot of attention to us these last two weeks.  This is the latest piece and probabl...
05/20/2023

The reopening of the museum brought a lot of attention to us these last two weeks. This is the latest piece and probably the last for a while. Many thanks to Denny Baker and Skeeter for making this one so much fun! Denny is a member of the Vent Haven Museum Board of Advisors and volunteers his time and talents throughout the year.

The "Vent Haven Museum" in Fort Mitchell is dedicated to the art of ventriloquism, housing more than 1,000 dummies from modern times all the way back to the 1800s.

Thanks to Ken Baker from Channel 19 for coming to visit today...
05/17/2023

Thanks to Ken Baker from Channel 19 for coming to visit today...

The Vent Haven Museum houses more than 1,100 dummies used by ventriloquists from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.

Dummy Run 5K t-shirt design is in! Thank you to Dylan Burdette for creating this year's logo!!Race Day is Sunday, June 2...
05/13/2023

Dummy Run 5K t-shirt design is in! Thank you to Dylan Burdette for creating this year's logo!!

Race Day is Sunday, June 25th at 8:30am. To sign up, click on the registration link below. Racers this year get to tour the new exhibits in the new Vent Haven Museum building.

https://www.venthaven.org/run

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33 W Maple Avenue
Fort Mitchell, KY
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