Doll Events

This page shares information on upcoming doll shows, conventions, and doll events.  Check back often for new entries and updates.

Eye of the Collector Exhibition
The Eye of the Collector exhibition features 9 different collections of collections one of which includes 85 post-Civil War to contemporary black dolls from the collection of Debbie Garrett.   The exhibition runs from:
April 16, 2016 through September 5, 2016
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science
2201 N. Field Street (in Downtown Dallas)
Dallas, Texas  75202

Tickets:  Members Free

Adult (18-64) $24

Youth (2-17)   $15

Senior (65+)   $18

General Group  $13
For more information about the Eye of the Collector exhibition, the participants and their eye-catching collections, navigate here.    


I See Me:  Reflections of Black Dolls

September 20, 2016 through April 30, 2017

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 East Warren Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 494-5800

From the museum's website:
Organized by The Wright Museum, I See Me: Reflections in Black Dolls is designed for family enjoyment and doll collectors’ amazement. The exhibition features an array of black dolls, dating from the late 19th century to the present, including babies, fashion dolls, hand-crafted, art dolls, and more. A play area, replete with a range of dolls mimicking the exhibition, provides hands-on fun and wonder for visitors. While the exhibition draws from the museum’s collections, it also presents a large selection of intriguing and historically significant dolls loaned by local and national doll collectors. 
I See Me provides a rare opportunity for visitors to see the largest collection of Leo Moss dolls ever assembled. In Black Dolls: An Identification and Value Guide, 1820-1991, author Myla Perkins presents Moss' incredible story as told by Ruby, his last surviving daughter. During the late 1800s and early 1900s, Moss worked as a handyman for white families in Macon, Georgia. However, he had an extraordinary talent for creating dolls, both white and black. When commissioned by a child’s parents, he would create a doll with a striking resemblance to the child. If the child cried while he was sculpting the doll, Moss would mold tears onto the dolls face. In the early 1900s, tragedy struck Moss’ home. A traveling toy dealer out of New York, from whom he often purchased doll supplies, ran away with his wife and baby, leaving him to raise the other four children. Moss continued making dolls but never received the financial rewards that his talent merited. He died a pauper in 1936.
In addition, through educational and public programs, the museum will revisit the 1947 Kenneth and Mammie Clarke experiment, which involved black children being presented with two dolls, one black and one white, and then asked to choose the one they preferred. The results of the experiment showed that a majority of the children chose the white doll to be the prettiest and the nicest - based on color. Topics of discussion on this pervasive question about race and identity will range from where we are today, and what, if anything, should be done in the future?
Visit the museum website for additional details or to book a tour.


2016 Detroit Doll Show
Saturday, November 12, 2016
1 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 East Warren Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201

Tickets:  $10
Vendor Fee:  $70
Purchase tickets here.

The 2016 Detroit Doll Show will be the fifth annual show.  Dolls, fun activities, workshops, and much more are always included in this one-day family event.  Interested vendors should send photos of your dolls and a brief bio to Sandra Epps at:
Visit their Facebook page


African American Museum & Library at Oakland Presents:
American Black Beauty Doll Artists Festival of
Black Dolls Show & Sale

When:  Saturday, November 12, 2016
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Where:  African American Museum & Library at Oakland
659 14th Street
Oakland, CA
$5 donation and children are free
Free Parking:  Clay St. Garage
For more info:
American Black Beauty Doll Artists
(800) 579-5495


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