Doll Events

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Suffolk County Historical Society to debut ‘Black History Through the Eyes of Dolls’, Feb. 4 through Mar. 7, 2015

Read more here.

From the Collection of Deborah Neff, Black Dolls Exhibit

Mingei International Museum
1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101
Tuesday - Sunday 10am-5pm

Opens February 7, 2014

From the Mingei website:  "This exhibition presents over 100 unique handmade African-American dolls made between 1850 and 1940. Faithful yet stylized representations of young and old African Americans, the dolls portray playful boys and girls, finely dressed gentlemen and elegant young ladies, distinguished older men and stately, determined women of mature years. The dolls are believed to have been created by African Americans for children that they knew‒members of their own families and communities as well as white children in their charge. Embroidered, stitched and painted faces express a variety of emotions–surprise, puzzlement, contentment and joy."  Click here to read more.


Their Theme
This year’s theme for the BLACK Doll Show  "A League Supreme- Jazz Superheroes" was chosen by curator, Keisa Davis. Our curator will be turning the gallery into Wakanda, the never colonized African kingdom and home of Marvel comics superheroes, warrior King T’Challa (Black Panther) and Queen Ororo (Storm). Wakanda is a futuristic fantasyscape rich with advanced African technologies, ancient traditions and magical herbs. Black Panther and Storm fight The Zombies,  international developer robots, plotting to gentrify Wakandan communities and rid the country of its community centers that offer free music and cultural education programs. This year, Wakanda’s super-human royalty have teamed up with The William Grant Still Arts Center. Together they summoned A League Supreme, musician Superheroes who serve mankind using the powers of sound and word. They have vowed to protect Wakanda's cultural legacy from The Zombies greedy agenda.

The William Grant Still Arts Center
2520 West View Street
Los Angeles, California 90016


Charm City Dolling Club
My Mommy, My Dolly, and Me Luncheon

When: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Where: Epworth Methodist Chapel
               3317 St. Lukes Lane
               Baltimore Md. 21207
               11am. To 3:30 pm.

When: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Where: Epworth Methodist Chapel
               3317 St. Lukes Lane
               Baltimore Md. 21207
               11am. To 3:30 pm.

Cost : $65.00
$30.00 deposit due no later than January 15, 2015 
Balance :  Due March 11, 2015
No refunds after March 1, 2015

Limited to 80

Bring your favorite little miss (5 yrs or older) or just bring yourself!
Cost includes: Souvenir Prettie Girls fashion doll designed by Stacey McBride Irby of “One World Doll Project”  The souvenir doll is only available for luncheon attendees. 

* Doll displays * wonderful helpers * sales tables * competitions * and a buffet lunch

Further Info:  Contact chairpersons:  Denise Bond (410)669-9137 OR
Marie Green (202)291-9137       

For payment/reservation information, email: 

The Keepsake Doll Club of New Jersey 
A Day at the Jersey Shore 2015 Luncheon
When:  April 18, 2015
Time:   10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: The Westwood
            438 North Avenue
            Garwood, NJ 07027
            (908) 789-0808
Call for directions or visit:

I received the following note along with the above flyer from paper doll and doll artist, Diana Vining.  I am sharing the information here about her club's luncheon because of the special souvenir doll that guests and Absentee registrants will receive.  The doll will be designed by Denis Bastian, the "father" of Leeann and her friends:

I belong to the Keepsake Doll Club of New Jersey, and we are planning a wonderful luncheon for next year (April 2015).  This luncheon will make history for our club, because even though the club has been around for 50+ years, for the first time ever, our guests will be going home with a Black souvenir doll.  The details of the doll are a surprise, but she is going to be beautiful!

For additional details or for a full version of the registration form, please contact Diana Vining directly at:


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