Arts & Museum Exhibits
Lycoming County Historical Society Taber Museum
858 West 4th Street
African-American Dolls Placed on Exhibit
February 18, 2012 – May 31, 2012
The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society has recently placed on display a small collection of African-American dolls, dating from the early 1900s through the end of that century. They are from the private collection of Breanna Duggs.
Still in her teens, Breanna Duggs is a serious collector of African-American and Native American dolls. Her collection began with a gift from her grandmother. The gift was several Native American rag dolls owned by Breanna's great-great grandmother and dating from the time of the Civil War. The family was of the Chippewa tribe. This nucleus of dolls inspired Breanna to continue collecting dolls which reflected her heritage. The collection has been enriched by dolls collected by family members and presented to Breanna. This includes the New Orleans Washerwomen which were obtained as souvenirs during the 20th century.
Although the dolls were placed on display during Black History Month, they will remain on display throughout the first half of the year. In the future, the museum will be displaying Breanna's collection of Native American dolls.
The museum, located at 858 W. Fourth Street, Williamsport, is open for touring Tuesdays through Fridays, 9:30am until 4 pm, and Saturdays, 11am until 4 pm. Admission is charged to view the museum. For further details, please visit our website at www.tabermuseum.org or telephone 570.326.3326.