Doll News Spring 2015 - (Page 126)

In Recognition of the Civil War Sesquicentennial A Civil War Tea and Doll Exhibit by Marcia Woolston A utumn days bring a special beauty to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Leaves turn red and gold, dancing in the crisp breeze against a deep blue Virginia sky. On just such an exquisite fall day, members of the Clarissa Massey Doll Club (CMDC) and their guests gathered at the Donovan Memorial United Methodist Church (UMC) in Singers Glen, Virginia for a "Civil War Tea." Club members presented an exhibit of antique and reproduction dolls and guests enjoyed a fascinating presentation on the dolls and the Christmas customs and foods of the Civil War era by CMDC Vice President Joan Knight. The dolls, china heads, Greiners, Frozen Charlottes, and other dolls of the mid-nineteenth century, filled tables that stretched across the entire front of the fellowship hall. Doll artist Judy Brown, a member of CMDC, brought several of her lovely Civil War era Hitty dolls to display. Also, a reproduction of a very simple home-made doll of the Civil War was included in the exhibit. This was the cloth doll that was present at the end of the Civil War. In the parlor of a home in Appomattox Courthouse, Virginia, Union officers tossed around a little rag doll that belonged to the homeowner's young daughter, while Confederate General Robert E. Lee signed the document that ended the Civil War. The officers called her the "Silent Witness," and one of them kept her and took her back to New York as a souvenir. "Silent Witness" only returned to Virginia in the 1990s, when she was donated for display at a museum in the Appomatox Courthouse National Historical Park. The exhibit's centerpiece was a recreation of the Eliza Lefferts doll and her elaborate trousseau (currently in the collection of the Brooklyn The leaves had turned to red and gold in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. 126 SPRING 2015

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

From the Editor
UFDC Officers and Regional Directors
President’s Message
Conference Calendar
A Warm Welcome to Our Newest Members
UFDC Student/ Apprentice Judge Programs
UFDC Notice of Annual Meeting
A Dream Come True – UFDC’s 66th Annual Convention 2015
Fundraising Committee Report
Miss Flora McFlimsey’s Journey
Miss Flora McFlimsey Original Paper Doll
Fashionable Fair Females: Charitable Dress in Miniature
Artists in Wonderland – Featuring the Collection of Lynn Kublank
Out of Adversity
Shared Passions 2014 Special Exhibit Shared Passions
Shared Passions 2014 Special Exhibit The Many Faces of German Dolls
Shared Passions 2014 Special Exhibit The Executive Committee and Board of Directors
Shared Passions 2014 Antique Competitive Exhibit Part 2
Shared Passions 2014 Modern Competitive Exhibit Part 2
Corinne’s Creation – A Doll’s Legacy
The Silent Witness Doll
The Unbridled Spirit of Miss Rose Percy
From Germany with Love – The Story of Annette Hermann
A Civil War Tea and Doll Exhibit
A Tradition of Caring
The Work of Your Hands
Reviewing Resources
Club Notes
Member-at-Large Form
Slate of Officers
Getting to Know Our Regional Directors
Doll-ers & Sense
In Our Memories
News & Notes

Doll News Spring 2015