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Kauffman House Museum decorated for the holidays, special exhibit Dolls

The special exhibit at the Kauffman House Museum in Grand Lake.

The special exhibit at the Kauffman House Museum in Grand Lake.

The Kauffman House Museum in Grand Lake has been decorated for the holidays.

A special exhibit in the house features the Wizard of Oz Doll collection loaned by Katie McManus. The tree in the parlor has a set of ornaments featuring the characters in the story. Under the tree are the full sized dolls. About 40 small ceramic dolls fill a cabinet and on the dining room table are her plate collection featuring Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion.

The gallery of the museum has over 300 dolls that will remain on exhibit until the middle of March. Featured there are the dolls that belonged to Rosemary Kauffman which she donated to the museum at the time of her death. Several of these dolls she had as a young girl and the clothing that she made for them. Rosemary and Patience Kemp (founder of the Historical Society) were friends and each has a wooden doll that was made for them. A large number of Madam Alexander and Effenbee dolls from the 1960s and 1970s are also displayed from Rosemary’s collection.

Other dolls on display were loaned by friends of the Grand Lake Area Historical Society. Many dolls from other countries collected on their travels as well as special dolls enjoyed by all ages, including action figures, Story book dolls, Raggedy Ann & Andy, Cabbage Patch and American Girl dolls. A large bride doll has a dress designed by Christian Dior.

A handmade doll house made by Jim Mullholland and decorated over the years by his wife Mary is featured along with several other doll houses and furniture.

A large group of dolls are very old. One leather doll from the early 1900s has human hair braids from the owner when she bobbed her hair in the 1920s. An early Shirley Temple doll can be seen along with several Grace Putnam dolls made in Germany. One new baby doll by Grace Putnam was recently added to this group in a handmade cradle and donated by the Rowe family.

Specialty dolls include an apple head doll, cornhusk dolls and handkerchief doll.

There is a paper doll display and a table where people can design or cut out clothing for the paper dolls. Paper dolls were very popular during World War II when dolls were not readily available.

The Kauffman House Museum will be open Friday November 25 and Saturday November 26 after Thanksgiving and two days after Christmas December 26 and 27 from 1 – 4 p.m. and New Year’s Eve from 10-12 p.m.