SHOTLIST/SCRIPT:

AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY

Washington - September 24, 2013

1. Cheryl Henson signs over collection to the museum of american history. Curator says: 'now they belong to the nation'

2. Pan of muppets on table

3. SOUNDBITE (english) Cheryl Henson, Daughter of Jim and Jane Henson/President of the Jim Henson Foundation: "To have a home for these characters, a permanent home for these characters here at the national museum of american history is an extraordinary extraordinary honor and I think that our whole family recognizes how amazing it is to have my father's work placed in the cultural context of this country."

4. SOUNDBITE (english) Cheryl Henson, Daughter of Jim and Jane Henson/President of the Jim Henson Foundation: "Many of these puppets have been in boxes - for years they've been tucked away in boxes, and we don't want them to stay in boxes. We want people to see them and appreciate them."

5. SOUNDBITE (english) Cheryl Henson, Daughter of Jim and Jane Henson/President of the Jim Henson Foundation: "I think when you go down the row here and you look at each of these different characters, you can hear their voices, you can hear them in your head, they're like living beings for the people who know them through their appearances on television and film."

6. Shot of Kermit the Frog on display in glass case

7. SOUNDBITE (english) Cheryl Henson, Daughter of Jim and Jane Henson/President of the Jim Henson Foundation: "Kermit's been here for quite a while and he's been kind of on his own and a lot of the time he's just sitting by himself, and yes, I do think it's wonderful that he's with Miss Piggy again. (reporter off-cam: it's one of the great love stories, right?)

8. Medium shot of Miss Piggy

9. SOUNDBITE (english) Cheryl Henson, Daughter of Jim and Jane Henson/President of the Jim Henson Foundation: I think it's extraordinary to have these characters represented as American culture. That is just the coolest thing. So, happy birthday - to my dad."