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Dolls Across the Ages Unite this Summer

Dolls are perhaps the oldest known toy. They are used in play, in rituals, in learning, and as collectibles. Since the 19th century, play as been encouraged for children to enrich their imaginations and prepare them for adulthood. Dolls reflect our dreams, ideas, and aspirations. They enable us to create our future and recreate the past. Our exhibit will explore the roles played by dolls and the stories they tell in the lives of children and adults over the last 200 years.

The exhibit will feature antique and vintage dolls that are cherished by our members. Each will share their stories of affection and adventures. Dolls come in different sizes and mediums - paper to porcelain, cloth to wood. They are the stars of our storybooks, characters from our favorite movies, our nightly companions, and our friend for every adventure.

The following will take place at the 1855 Harris-Kearney House. For the latest details, check the Westport Historical Society’s Facebook page.

Presentations at the 1855 Harris-Kearney House:

July 5, 2019, 2:00 p.m.

“Let’s Play Dolls: A History of Children’s Dolls” by Laura S. Taylor, Curator of Interpretation,

The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures

July 19, 2019

A RECEPTION for the Doll Exhibit. Our guest will be doll artist, Judy Porter

July 20, 2019, 2:00 p.m.

Judy Porter, Doll Artist

July 26, 27, 2019, 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Doll Lock-in at the Museum: Dolls will spend the night at the museum, having adventures that will then be shared

with their human companions the following morning when they return to pick them up.

August 2, 2019, 2:00 p.m.

“Rose O’Neil: The Kewpie Lady and More” by Susan Scott, Bonniebrook Museum

August 3, 2019, 2:00 p.m.

Doll Making Workshop; participants will make a rag doll

August 17, 2019, 2:00 p.m.

“The Bicentennial (almost) Doll” by Susie Graber, Doll Artist


Doll Collecting, Heirloom Doll Club of Kansas City, Missouri


Museum hours: Friday and Saturday, 1-5 pm. Group tours of 10 or more may also be booked on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Exhibit is included with the price of admission to the Museum.

For more information, contact the 1855 Harris-Kearney House Museum, 4000 Baltimore, Kansas City, MO 64111;

816-561-1821 or 913-231-6749.

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