Toy, doll museum founder pleased to see its success
I was so pleased to see the article about the Children’s Toy and Doll Museum. As founder and former director it is good to see the museum is prospering. It all started with a coffee community meeting at my home on June 2, 1987. Nineteen representatives from various organizations attended along with then Mayor Nancy Hollister. My collection along with the dolls and dollhouses the Bicentennial Women’s Organization had collected were being evicted from Campus Martius because the state wanted the lower level for a special display. The collection remained in my garage for two years. Mayor Hollister decided it was time to let the public know about us. So after an article appeared in the Marietta Times, Historic Harmar Bridge Company offered us a train car. So many people helped to restore that train car. Sam Cook organized a group of men who made exceptionally fine cases. And on Aug. 26, 1987, we had a ribbon cutting ceremony and the museum was open! It was a free day but the generous public gave us $700 that day, and $250 the next. The museum prospered during those nine years. But we needed more room for the growing collection. Many volunteers helped with that move to 206 Gilman Ave. I retired in June of 1996. Since that time so many have helped to keep the museum going. And I want to especially thank Phyllis Wells for her dedication and many years of service. Also to all of the volunteers of yesterday and today who have helped to keep it alive. I am so proud of that museum and feel it is a great asset to Marietta.