Sesame Street: A Celebration of 40 Years of Life on the Street - Foyer Gallery Cases

November 14, 2009 - February 21, 2010
Central Library, Foyer Gallery Cases
curated by the Sesame Workshop
BPL - Exhibition: Sesame Street: A Celebration of 40 Years of Life on the Street, 1970s Sesame Street cast
1970s Sesame Street cast
TM & © 2009 Sesame Workshop

"I first walked on to the set of Sesame Street in July of 1969, and for me it was like entering a dream except that it was a dream come true."
—Joan Ganz Cooney, cofounder and creator of
Sesame Street, November 10, 2009

On November 10, 2009, Sesame Street launched its 40th season with the same question it asked the first time it aired: "Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Sesame Street?" Although entirely new and relevant for today's audience, the current show is still based on the educational foundation that made it groundbreaking in 1969.

The idea for a television show that would teach preschool children their letters and numbers began back in 1966. It was a radical idea at the time; television was popularly described as a "vast wasteland" and very little programming existed for children that was both educational and entertaining. Sesame Street turned out to be a very successful experiment; the show became an iconic childhood experience for generations of U.S. children and the standard for quality children's television.

This exhibit explores the making of Sesame Street, from initial concept papers, audience research and curriculum goals to outreach initiatives that respond to current social and developmental needs of children. It highlights the scripts, songs and animations that make the show beloved by children and adults. And, of course, it showcases the multi-talented human cast and Jim Henson's Sesame Street Muppets.

So, how do you get to Sesame Street? It's right here—in your own neighborhood.

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This exhibition is made possible in part by The Jim Henson Company and The Jim Henson Legacy.