When Jim started his journal in 1965, he went back and filled in the years leading up to that point. Sometimes, his memory was off by a month or so. In the case of his and Jane’s New England vacation the first summer of their marriage, it was a rambling trip in July rather than August. Based on the sketches in Jim’s journal, the Hensons travelled by car, stopping in Stonington, Connecticut on their way to the Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island. They celebrated July 4th with a visit to a colonial-era house in Deerfield, Massachusetts and crossed the requisite covered bridge in Vermont. They saw friends Jim and Judy Marshall at a lakeside camp in Rangeley, Maine and then headed to the coast where both Jim and Jane sketched the lighthouse at Pemaquid Point.
In June 1965, 28-year-old Jim Henson started a written log of his activities in what became known as “The Red Book.” He noted down what had happened up until that point (deemed “Ancient History”) and then recorded anything that he felt was worth recording as single line journal entries until the end of 1988.
Selected curated entries courtesy of The Jim Henson Company Archives.