Cruisin’ Connecticut – ‘Mascots!’ Puppetry Exhibit At UCONN

mascots exhibit ballard puppetry uconn ryan kristafer ct

STORRS, Conn. (WTNH) – We are Cruisin’ Connecticut to Storrs, home of the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry. They’ve erected the first ever Mascot exhibit.

Museum Director, John Bell, says that the exhibit is the first of its kind:

It’s really an art form. Mascots are a form of puppets. It’s a really old tradition.

The most popular mascot on display is “Jonathan the Husky” – UConn’s mascot. The mascot was actually a real husky dog in the early 1900’s, but the dog became skittish from the sounds on the court, so the school replaced it with the “life-like” mascot that we know today.

You can experience the history and craftsmanship behind university mascots, professional ones, and more. You can check out the “Mascots!” exhibit at the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry at UConn through February.

Visit the Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry1 Royce Cir, Storrs, CT 06268

Know of cool people, places or events to check out for “Cruisin’ Connecticut?” Email me, or let me know on: FacebookTwitterInstagram or Snapchat: @RyanKristafer.

WTNH NEWS8 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Also, you can now block any inappropriate user by simple selecting the drop down menu on the right of any comment and selection "Block User" from there.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s