International Organizations

These three non-profit organizations are working hard to preserve and promote old art forms: moving panoramas,  magic lantern slide shows   and   puppetry.  They are worthy of your attention!

International Panorama Council

The International Panorama Council is a group committed to supporting the heritage and conservation of 19th and early 20th century panoramas (both stationay and moving panoramas). This organization also supports awareness of current art forms (such as crankies)!

Visit their website  It provides a searchable database of historic panoramas plus you can find out what's happening in the international community.

Follow them on Facebook and Twitter too!

Their 2015 conference will be right after the Labor Day weekend in Belguim.  I will be there!!!  (EXCITED!) More information on this to follow.

The Magic Lantern Society of the United States and Canada

The Magic Lantern Society of the US and Canada is a group that collects, preserves and shares information on the many devices that were used to entertain and educate audiences before the beginning of cinema. Often called a “stereopticon show,” Magic lantern shows were the combination of projected images, live narration, and live music that preceded the movies. They were incredibly popular 100 years ago.

Visit their new website to learn more about this artform that was sometimes used in conjuction with moving panoramas in the 19th century.

Visit their Facebook pages: there is an organization page and a group page.

Their next conference will be in New Orleans in 2016. I hope to attend.


Founded in Prague in 1929, Union Internationale de la Marionnette(UNIMA) is a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) and an official partner of UNESCO (consultation). It gathers people who come from all around the world that contribute to the development of the puppetry art.