Museum's Holiday Dolls and Toys Exhibit opens Nov. 29
November 13, 2002
Nov. 29 through Jan. 5
(note date change from previous exhibits schedule release)
The Holiday Dolls and Toys exhibition has become a festive holiday tradition at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art. From Nov. 29 through Jan. 5, the Mary Louise Rasmuson Atrium is transformed into a wonderland of toys where more than 100 antique and handmade dolls, hand-painted circus animals and an exquisite dollhouse are on display. An exhibit of heroes dolls has been added to the holiday exhibit this year.
Since 1994, Museum Volunteer Beth Horton has been transforming the Atrium into a dazzling display of festivity and children's fantasy. More than 100 dolls dressed in costumes from around the world will adorn a giant evergreen tree. Antique dolls and toys from the Museum's collection, donated by the family of Marguerite "Peggy" Nystrom, also will be on display including dolls from France, Germany, stuffed animals and a 30-piece hand painted wood Schoenhut circus with animals, circus riders, clowns and acrobats. Incredible, lovingly restored antique carousel animals, that were once a part of working carousels, will be on display courtesy of collectors Maxine Vehlow and Linda Walsh. A family favorite returns - a completely furnished dollhouse donated by the Hal Horton family. The dollhouse is decorated for the holidays and includes real quilts, carpets and a miniature Sydney Laurence painting over the fireplace.
Upstairs, overlooking the Atrium, visitors will go back in time as they relive the heroic playthings of their youth with a special Heroes for the Holidays Exhibit. Lead soldier figurines from around the world, superheroes and cowboys are just some of the items Anchorage residents have donated for this exhibit. Parents and grandparents will take pleasure in introducing their younger relatives to the toys they played with in their youth. Don't miss this holiday treat, sponsored by First National Bank of Alaska.