The Worthington Historical Society Presents “Who’s Your Baby?”
It’s common knowledge that the bond between a little girl and her baby doll is strong. In fact, children have been playing with dolls since the beginning of time. Whether preserved in pictures, memories or in museums, dolls have remained an important part of our culture for centuries. The Worthington Historical Society knows a thing or two about dolls. In addition to their impressive Doll Museum, which houses a distinguished collection from the 19th and 20th centuries, the society is excited for guests to visit their newest exhibit – “Who’s Your Baby?”
Collectors and history enthusiasts of all types will not want to miss “Who’s Your Baby?” The exhibit, on display through spring 2015, features a large collection of vintage dolls, accompanied by pictures of the little girls who played with them and stories about their childhood. The dolls, which are on loan from numerous families throughout Worthington, are dated from the early 1900s to the last quarter of the 20th century.
“We’ve really enjoyed hearing the stories behind these beautiful dolls,” said Kate LaLonde, director of the Worthington Historical Society. “So many people have graciously lent us their keepsakes, and we’re excited to share them with the public.”
Visitors to the exhibit will enjoy learning about the history behind each doll, as well as the time period it came from and the little girl or boy who cared for it. The Historical Society is excited to have a doll on display from Joan Lane, the first curator of the society’s Doll Museum and from Jutta Catherine Pegues, its current president. With a variety of styles ranging from antique German bisque dolls to Saucy Walkers, Dionne quints, Tiny Tears and Dream Babies, to more well-known dolls like Snow White and Raggedy Ann, visitors will be transported back in time as they reminisce about their own childhood and that of the generations before them.
The museum, which is located at 50 West New England Avenue, is open Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission to the museum, including the society’s permanent collection of dolls located at The Old Rectory, is $2 per person for a self-guided tour. The museum also offers special group tours for $3 per person. Learn more at www.worthingtonhistory.org.
Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington
Worthington, Ohio, offers a variety of activities, attractions, specialty shops and dining options for visitors of all ages and interests, and the Convention & Visitors Bureau of Worthington is your resource for all the latest information, including the event calendar at VisitWorthingtonOhio.com. You can also follow us on Facebook at Visit Worthington Ohio.