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updated: 10/28/2013 8:26 AM

More than 3,000 marionettes found in vacant Chicago home

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Some of the abandoned string-operated puppets discovered in an otherwise empty Chicago home could end up in a theater near you.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that a goal of a new fundraising campaign to preserve the collection is to first get the marionettes into temporary storage. The hope is that they could later find permanent homes in different theaters.

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More than 3,000 of the wood-carved puppets were found recently in a house in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood.

A co-founder of the Elephant and Worm Educational Theatre, Joseph Lewis, played a central role in the discovery. He helped launch an effort via the Kickstarter website to raise $25,000 for the salvage effort.

An Art Institute of Chicago curator says the collection could help revive the lost art of marionette theater.

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