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posted: 10/11/2013 12:28 PM

Historical Museum hosts open house for new doll exhibit

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  • Newly acquired to the collection, the Duchess Dolls make their debut in the new doll exhibit, "Reflections on Fashion" at the Arlington Heights Historical Museum.

      Newly acquired to the collection, the Duchess Dolls make their debut in the new doll exhibit, "Reflections on Fashion" at the Arlington Heights Historical Museum.
    Courtesy of Arlington Heights Historical Museum

 
Submitted by Arlington Heights Historical Museum

The Martha Mills collection of dolls eagerly awaits the pleasure of your company at the Arlington Heights Historical Museum's Banta House. View the new exhibit, "Reflections on Fashion," at a free open house from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19.

You are invited to come and reflect on fashions from the 1860s through the present times. Many antique dolls are dressed up in their finery. Dolls have been staged to showcase the Speakeasy '20s, the Sober '30s, the Patriotic '40s, the Optimistic '50s, the Mod '60s, the Hustle '70s and the Glamorous '80s.

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Take a look also at the homemade fashions that were sewn with love by our mothers and grandmothers from patterns. Remember those knitted and crocheted doll dresses from the '50s to the '60s? Over 125 dolls are on display, dressed in period and unique fashions.

The Banta House is at the corner of Euclid and Vail streets. If you are not able to attend the open house, the doll exhibit is part of the weekend tours of the museum complex, Saturdays and Sundays, at 2 and 3 p.m. Tour fees are $4 for adults and $2 for children.

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