Vent Haven Museum in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky – A Ventriloquism Museum

If you want to do something very interesting from late spring through summer, then plan on visiting the Vent Haven Museum in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. It  is said to be the world’s only museum dedicated to ventriloquism.

The museum’s collection was originally a private accumulation of ventriloquistic items of William Shakespeare Berger, the former president of the Cambridge Tile Company in Covington, Kentucky. During his lifetime, he amassed 700+ figures, numerous books and pamphlets as well as other memorabilia about ventriloquism. Mr. Berger set up a charitable foundation for his collection upon his death.

The museum features exhibits of many famous names in ventriloquism past and present. Tourists see and hear the histories of dummies from Edgar Bergen’s Charlie McCarthy, to Shari Lewis’ Lambchop, to Terry Fator’s Winston the Turtle to Jeff Dunham’s Walter.

The museum also hosts an annual, international convention of ventriloquists.

Vent Haven Museum is open by appointment only from May – September. Tours last about one hour. $5.0o donation.

Go here to a blog by that shows some interesting photos from the museum. Or go here to the Cincy Whimsy blog to see even more photos.

33 West Maple Avenue
Fort Mitchell, Kentucky 41011

Jen Dawson – Museum Curator

Thanks to Kim Nachazel of Sibcy Cline Florence for information about this museum! Photo courtesy of Flickr 5chw4r7z.

Housing Recovery

Rob Sibcy, president of Sibcy Cline Realtors

An interesting article about the housing market appeared in the Enquirer on May 22, 2011 detailing the increases or decreases in median home prices for Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky .

Rob Sibcy, president of Sibcy Cline Realtors®, was quoted in this analysis piece: “Sibcy says he believes 2011 overall will show improvement over 2010 – in spite of an artificial boost in prices and sales helped by the tax credits last year. ‘Slowly, we are coming out of this,’ he says. ‘2012 and 2013 will be much better.'”

These areas were noted for having increases in home prices since 2006:

Northern Kentucky
Fort Mitchell – 24.11%
Bellevue – 9.10%
Union – 1.11%
Hebron – 5.81%

Greater Cincinnati
Franklin – 2.33%
South Lebanon – 20.41%
Oakley – .66%
Mt. Lookout – 3.91%
Madeira – 4.23%
Kenwood – 6.51%
Hyde Park –  7.52%