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Wilton Historical Society offers a doll-making workshop for children

Wilton Historical Society Weekend Workshops – Paper Dolls

Saturday September 10 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Paper dolls have been a common toy for centuries across the world. Traditionally, in the United States and Europe, paper dolls consisted of figures cut from thin paper or cardstock, with paper clothing held onto the dolls with folding paper tabs. Mass production of these dolls began in the early 1800s and continued into the 20th century.

On Saturday, September 10, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Wilton Historical will be offering a paper doll-making workshop for children. The workshop will feature die-cut paper figures that can be decorated with a variety of paper outfits, led by museum educator Catherine Lipper, who will also share her collection of three mint condition Madame Alexander dolls. The morning promises to be a great opportunity for creativity and fun, suitable for both boys and girls!

Suggested for ages 6 to 10. Members: $10 per child; Non-members $15 per child.

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Did you know?

According to the University of Chicago Library, early paper dolls created in Europe frequently depicted actors or actresses who were similarly used for puppet shows on toy stages. Seamstresses used articulated dolls for more practical purposes – as miniature models for designing clothes. Wilton Historical has several paper dolls in its collection, including one from 1890.

Wilton Historical Society, 224 Danbury Road, Wilton, CT 06897