Gainesville Daily Register

May 25, 2013

Morton Museum gets dolled up for summer

By CATHY MOUNCE, Register Staff Writer

Gainesville — The Morton Museum of Cooke County is gearing up for a full slate of summer programs including children’s tea parties, doll exhibits from across America, private tours and other events designed for both kids and adults.

“We are building on the huge success of our recent auction and fundraiser by planning many wonderful events throughout the summer for our community,” museum director Jayleane Smith said. “ This will be a wonderful time for groups to come to the museum and see our new exhibits.

Smith said one of the exhibits featured this summer through August will be an extensive array of dolls from all across America. Some are part of the museum’s collection and others are from the collections of area residents including Kayrol King.

Local antique expert and historian Cathy Brown will be speaking during two programs on June 4 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on the vintage dolls on view at the museum.

Brown said dolls have been part of society for hundreds of years.

“Dolls often parallel society and that as the world changed, dolls changed also,” she said. “The American Girl dolls are some of the most popular dolls today and of course there is always Barbie.”

Local Barbie expert Debi Raasch is packing her Barbie dolls up for a stay at the museum also.

Raasch, a collector for several years, has several celebrity Barbie dolls dressed in costumes made famous by many film stars including Marilyn Monroe.

“There is always something about Marilyn that transcends time,” Raasch said. “Barbie accessories are always highly collectible.”

The doll exhibit will open June 4. Call the Morton Museum at 668-8900 to find out more about upcoming summer activities.