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It’s Howdy Doody Time at Detroit Institute of Arts

Monday, September 14, 2009

Howdy Doody, America’s most famous marionette, and part of the Detroit Institute of Arts’ Paul McPharlin Puppetry Collection, will appear “live” in the museum’s Rivera Court. Ed Kean, writer and composer for “The Howdy Doody Show,” which ran on NBC from 1948 to 1960, will join Howdy.

Kean will play piano and, along with members from the Mosaic Youth Theatre entry-level camp, lead the audience in songs made famous by the show.

Sunday, Sept. 20, 3:30 p.m.

Howdy will welcome a representative from the US Postal Service, who will unveil a new Howdy Doody stamp. The stamp is part of the “Early TV Memories” series of commemorative stamps that also honors classic shows such as “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” “Dragnet,” “I Love Lucy,” “The Ed Sullivan Show” and “Lassie.”

Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit

Free with museum admission. Howdy will be on view until November 1.

Hours and Admission
Museum hours are 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for ages 6-17, and DIA members are admitted free. For membership information call 313-833-7971.


The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA's collection is known for its quality, range, and depth.

Programs are made possible with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the City of Detroit.

Contact: Pamela Marcil 313-833-7899