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Popularity of American Girl event leads to encore
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SHIRLEY — The Historical Society meeting room filled with girls and their mothers, grandmothers and American Girl dolls on Jan. 27 for a doll party put on by the museum and Lura A. White School library.

Some girls had more than one of the historic American Girl dolls. Others came dressed in their look-alike outfits.

The visitors heard museum Curator Meredith Marcinkewicz tell about the three eras depicted by the furnishings placed around the room. Participants learned how to play cat’s cradle in the colonial kitchen corner, looked at stereopticons and tried to play the pump organ in the Victorian parlor.

Then in the 1940s kitchen, they wrote letters to some of our servicemen in Iraq.

Also on display was a Josefina doll and her Mexican-American accessories as well as many books from the American Girl series on loan from librarian Kathryn Lyon.

Some of the girls showed off the newest dolls depicting late 20th-century girls. Others tried their hand at the American Girl doll trivia contest.

The afternoon was so popular that it was decided to have an additional event.

The museum is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. On Feb. 10, there will be additional hours for girls and their dolls. Visitors are welcome to come between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. to look around the meeting room, try various activities and see what dolls other girls have.

The museum is located at 182 Center Rd. Reservations aren’t required. Although donations to the museum are always welcome, there’s no charge to visitors.