Special to The Gardner News
The Gardner Historical Museum is proud to present its inaugural “Doll Clinic and Tea” on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013.
The clinic and the tea are two separate events being held in conjunction with the museum’s first-time “Doll Exhibit”. The exhibit was prepared by museum staff members, Rita Kling, and Shera Herman.
The doll clinic, which will provide an opportunity for girls of all ages to learn about the care and glamour of dolls, will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 9 at the museum. Each attendee is encouraged to bring a doll of their choice to the clinic to learn more about the doll and in addition, each attendee will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation in the clinic. Admission to the doll clinic is $1 per person. No pre-registration is required for the doll clinic, and participants can arrive at any time during the hours of the clinic.
Rita Kling, an avid and knowledgeable doll collector, will be the instructor for the clinic.
“The doll clinic will serve as a creative outlet for teaching about dolls”, she said.
The tea will be exclusively from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Feb. 9 at the museum. Admission is $8 for one adult and one child, and $3 each for additional attendees. Anyone interested in attending the tea should pre-register by calling the museum at (913)856-4447, although the admission fee is not required until the day of the event.
The museum staff has set a maximum attendance of 25 attendees for the tea, so pre-registration is strongly urged. The preferred ages for children attending the tea are three to 11-years old. Shera Herman, coordinator of the tea event said, “We will have different flavors of tea, and will teach proper manners and etiquette involved in drinking tea”.
Both events will serve as fundraisers for the museum and will include drawings for door prizes, which will be dolls. There will also be “doll bingo”, and craft and parlor games. In addition, there be children’s craft items available for purchase.
The doll exhibit, which is presently open for viewing, continues through Feb. 26. The exhibit consists of dolls of all shapes and sizes and time periods represented are from the late 1800s to the present.
Also on display are several dolls created in the 1930s by members of the WPA (Works Progress Administration) in Wichita. These dolls, which present the native dress and national flag of several countries around the world, were designed to teach geography to students in Kansas schools. These dolls are currently on loan to the museum from the Gardner Edgerton School District.
In addition, several local doll collectors have graciously loaned some of their dolls to the museum for this exhibit.
“I am pleased that so many collectors have been willing to share their dolls with the museum for this exhibit”. Kling said. “I hope this exhibit allows everyone to realize that dolls are still important, and that doll collecting can be a fun and exciting hobby”.
The regular operating hours of the museum, located at 204 W. Main, are Fridays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays through Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.