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SPOTLIGHT: Dolls, owners invited to tea

Associated Press Published: October 12, 2012

DANVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Doesn't your favorite doll deserve an afternoon out? The Vermilion County Museum Society is calling all dolls — of all sizes, ages and styles — and their owners to enjoy "Tea for Two, Your Doll and You." The program will start at noon Oct. 16 at the museum, and will feature a luncheon with dainty food and a presentation about doll collecting and the art of dolls.

Speaker will be Julia Furman of Cary, Region 10 director of the United Federation of Doll Clubs, Inc. Region 10 covers Illinois and Wisconsin.

"I think people will enjoy this," museum Director Sue Richter said. "We've been having fun looking up information on dolls."

People are invited to bring their favorite dolls, which will have their own seating area. The bite-size food (just right for dolls) will be provided by Applewood Foods Catering. Seating is limited to 50-60 people.

This is the first time for the doll program, which is being held as part of Arts Month.

Furman, whose job is to promote doll collecting, will give a short talk about the federation, which promotes appreciation, education and preservation of dolls. Then, she will distribute inventory sheets so owners can examine their dolls to determine their age and background, if they don't know that information already.

She said, "I'm not a professional dealer or appraiser, but I hope to be able to help with the identification of dolls."

She also will have books, photos and dolls on display.

A collector all of her life, Furman said she has hundreds of dolls at her home. One of her first dolls was a 1957 Shirley Temple doll by Ideal.

The museum also will display part of its doll collection — including a large Shirley Temple pushing a smaller one in a buggy.

Richter said she and the staff have been learning a lot about dolls while setting out the collection, adding, "We're finding fascinating information."

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