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Hepzibah's Milkmaids The Dolls of The House of the Seven Gables by Val Copley with Lorna Lieberman and Laurie McGill Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864). Charles Osgood, artist, 1841. Courtesy Peabody Essex Museum. "Halfway down a by-street of one of our New England towns, stands a rusty wooden house, with seven acutely peaked gables facing towards various points of the compass, and a huge, clustered chimney in the midst." S Fig. 1 Hepzibah Pyncheon in her Cent Shop as depicted in an illustration by Helen Mason Grose. "Heaven help me!" Hepzibah groaned... "Now is my hour of need!" 88 WINTER 2015 o begins Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel of 1851, The House of the Seven Gables. The book was an immediate sensation, with its fashionably gothic themes of dishonesty, loss and bad blood, washing down through the generations of the Pyncheon family, whose unlucky progeny were pursued by "Maule's curse" and at the heart of the book, the brooding presence of the house itself. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow described it as "a weird and wild book" and there are many hints of witchcraft and the supernatural. Hawthorne was haunted by his own ancestors' connection to the infamous Salem witch trials of 1692. The plight of penniless and fearful Hepzibah Pyncheon (Fig. 1) is palpable, struggling against her own nature to open a cent-shop in the ancestral home to earn a crust, as is the sense of new life entering when well-named sunny Phoebe comes to help: "We must renew our stock, Cousin Hepzibah!" cried the little saleswoman. "The gingerbread figures are all gone, and so are those Dutch wooden milkmaids and most of our other playthings. There has been constant inquiry for cheap raisins, and a great cry for whistles, and trumpets, and jewsharps, and at least a dozen little boys have asked for molasses-candy."

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Doll News Winter 2015

From the Editor
UFDC Offi cers and Regional Directors
President’s Message
UFDC Conference Calendar
A Warm Welcome to Our Newest Members
A Dream Come True, UFDC’s 66th Annual Convention Information and the 2015 UFDC National Convention Registration Card
2015 UFDC National Competitive Exhibit Early Information
Fundraising Committee Report
Marianna’s Gift: The Hands that Heal
Marianna Original Paper Doll
Wonderful Japanese Kokeshi Dolls
Alien (Heads) or The Invasion of the (Peg Wooden) Body Snatchers
The Ralph Waldo Emerson Family Dolls
Louisa May Alcott, Madame Alexander and the Little Women Dolls
Hepzibah’s Milkmaids – The Dolls of The House of the Seven Gables
A Child A Doll A Portrait
Shared Passions 2014 UFDC Special Exhibit The Wild West
Shared Passions 2014 UFDC Special Exhibit Dianna Effner
Shared Passions 2014 UFDC Antique Competitive Exhibit Part 1
Shared Passions 2014 UFDC Modern Competitive Exhibit Part 1
Shared Passions 2014 UFDC In Appreciation
The Art of Technology
Painted Perfection – The Story of Susan Fosnot
Masquerade - The History of Costume Balls and Fancy Dress
Go Ahead, Make a Scene! Creative Collecting, Part 1
Club Notes
Reviewing Resources
UFDC Awards of Excellence Nomination Information and Form
Doll-ers & Sense
In Our Memories
News & Notes
Member-At-Large Form

Doll News Winter 2015