Summer got off to (another) odd start as Front Street was due for renovation and it borders one edge of our museum. The compactor vibrates these older building incredibly so we had to protect our collections and close the museum until they were done, mid May. Then we had to reconstruct the displays, pulling the protection out of cases and wall mounts off the floor so we were unable to open until First Friday’s Downtown Gallery Walk on June 1 2018.
We featured our new Koryak Siberian doll outfit, attempting to find who might have picked it up on a trip to the Russian far East and brought it to this area. So far no information but lots of admiration. This doll has gut tassels and appliques, fur seal and is all hand sewn. There are mukluks and leather pants accompanying the hooded parka/tunic. It was found on a Chinese plastic female doll in a local thrift shop.
Aunt Claudia’s Dolls, a Museum has been open regularly since then, one til 5 Tuesday through Saturday.