Kermit the Frog Puppet

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Description (Brief)
Kermit is a bright green frog who was the star and host of The Muppet Show and appears on Sesame Street. He is one of Jim Henson’s earliest creations, dating back to 1955 with his appearances on Sam and Friends on the Washington, D.C., NBC affiliate station. He was previously performed by Jim Henson and Steve Whitmire and is currently performed by Matt Vogel. Kermit is a calm, level-headed character who is constantly trying to keep everything together as he is surrounded by craziness. Kermit is known for singing “Bein’ Green” (also known as “It’s Not Easy Bein’ Green”) which talks about the difficulties he has had because of his color but ends with him accepting and embracing his greenness.
Currently not on view
Credit Line
Gift of Jim Henson Productions (through Leslee Asch)
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Cultural and Community Life: Entertainment
Popular Entertainment
Jim Henson
late 1970s
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Associated Name
National Museum of American History. Division of Cultural History
Jim Henson Productions
Children's Television Workshop
Henson, Jim
Henson, Jim
Jim Henson Productions
Related Publication
Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History
Radio and television broadcasting
Television broadcasts
Children's television programs
Motion Pictures
Place Made
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
fiber, synthetic, rayon (overall material)
fabric, felt (overall material)
metal, wire (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
green (overall color)
overall: 27 in x 28 in x 6 in; 68.58 cm x 71.12 cm x 15.24 cm
National Museum of American History
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