Hello! It has been an eventful summer and Iím sure an eventful fall season. This June I was informed that the Rosalie Whyle was closing March 2012. This is a sad time for doll collectors as the Rosalie Whyle was truly the best private museum in the world. No one could surpass the extent and quality of her collection. On October 21st, NADDA is holding a banquet and tour of the Rosalie Whyle Museum in Seattle along with a doll show. It is being advertised in the Antique Doll Collector and Doll News. Fran Oakland, Joyce Keller and myself are attending and plan on having a great time. I encourage all of you to see the Whyle museum before it closes next year.
This past year I advertised in a variety of magazines and newspapers. I would say that it is paying off in both interest and response by the public. As most of you know the Antique Doll Collector featured the museum in its March publication. Now the Doll News is featuring the Legacy Doll Museum in its fall edition to be released at the end of September. It will feature both Joedi Johnson and her husband Cal as the catalysts of our museum. I canít wait to see the article and have already approved the narrative. They made me take of picture of myself (which I am not happy doing) so I told them to photo shop the heck out of it!
Other great news that was presented at the tea is about the possibility of having Rose Percy (see both the Doll News and Antique Doll Collector) come visit us at the museum next year. We are still discussing the feasibility of having her come.
Past & Future Events
On August 19th and 20th Brian Mogren had his usual stellar doll show at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center. He also provided a great program on Paper Mache Dolls with his hands on exhibits. Brian will be setting up at the Legacy Doll Museum Doll Sale on September 24th and promised to bring lots of fabric. Be sure to attend. our 4th YEAR CELEBRATION!!!
DONíT FORGET TO COME TO MARY ANN SPINNELLIíS GREAT PROGRAM 7PM SEPTEMBER 23RD AT THE LEGACY DOLL MUSEUM 3206 6TH AVENUE NORTH. SEPTEMBER 24TH IS THE DOLL SALE WITH SEVERAL GREAT DEALERS SELLING THEIR WARES. IT STARTS EARLIER THIS YEAR 11AM-4:30PM.New Exhibits
The best thing about the museum is that it is not static. Several items each month find their way into the museumís display cabinets.
*Two French beauties will be in attendance at the 4 year celebration and are a 13 inch Schmitt et Fils and a Bru Brevete.
*An award winning collection of cloth dolls will also be present along with a great closed mouth Kestner. *The beautiful automata that was at Brian Mogrenís doll show (the waltzing couple) decided to live at the museum and will also be on display. Boy can they boogie!
*By Christmas the Radiquet & Cordonnier will be on display.
*The best find that I have coming in the next several months is a Bru Mannequin. It is an unbelievable piece, almost three feet high and dressed like Little Lord Fauntleroy. He was found in a closet of a long time collector in California. It appears that he has not seen the light of day for a long time because of his pristine condition. Bru Jne made mannequins for Couture shops in Paris. How he got to California is a mystery, just like all of our dollís journeys. I canít wait to get him, as he is a prize very seldom seen even in the best museums. Gift Shop News
I have recently had an opportunity to purchase some vintage dolls, clothing, miniatures and lace from a supplier back east. I am thrilled to present to both the doll members and the Billings community this level of merchandise so please come in soon to see the lovely new items in the gift shop.
September 23 - Doll Lecture "Sillhouettes de la Mode: The Evolution of Doll Fashions and the Bodies" 7pm Mary Ann Spinelli We will be discussing how to dress dolls apropriate to their time period. Last year was a blast! $5.00 for non-members (includes admission to the museum) and members are free.September 24 11am-4:30pm Legacy Doll Museum Annual Sale
Donít forget our annual doll sale here at the Legacy Doll Museum for our Fourth anniversary. There will be no admission for the sale and regular admission to the museum.