Special Exhibits

HISTORIC HATS, at the Worthington Public Library, Worthington Room

Come see a representation of the society’s hat collection as the society prepares for the Historic Hat Fashion Show on April 6th at the Griswold Center. Many hats that have never been displayed will be on view including ladies hats, doll hats and mens hats.

AMERICAN DOLLS, at the Doll Museum

American Dolls opens February 1st in the doll museum and run until June! Thanks to the generosity of the Galatea doll club (named for the ivory statue of a maiden that came to life in response to the prayers of her sculptor, Pygmalion), a wonderful exhibition of the 20th century American dolls from Sun Rubber (Ohio made) dolls to cartoon and movie characters and Madame Alexanders will fil our special exhibition space. The familiar and the exquisite should combine to be a satisfying visit for anyone who stops in.

The dolls chosen for this “American Dolls” show reflect the establishment in the 20th century of doll manufacturers in the U.S. The Ideal Novelty and Toy Company of Brooklyn issued their “unbreakable” composition dolls, including Shirley Temple in the 1930s. Horsman’s Campbell kid, Effanbee’s Anne of Green Gables as well as the birth of Vogue’s Ginny in 1948 followed by Mattel’s Barbie in 1959 all evoke childhood memories for lucky children. Disney characters such as Pinocchio and Snow White reflect the continuing interest in great feature cartoon movies.  

Additional information:
The exhibit is open Tuesday-Friday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Self-guided tours are $1.50. Guided tours by appointment. Guided group tours (for 10 or more) are available at $2 per person, anytime during the year, but must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.



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