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Westport Historical Society


Dolls Across The Ages - Kewpie DollDolls Across The Ages Unite This Summer



JULY 5 - AUGUST 31, 2019
At the 1855 Harris-Kearney House, 4000 Baltimore, Kansas City, MO

Dolls are perhaps the oldest known toy. They are used in play, in rituals, in learning, and as collectibles. Since the 19th century, play as been encouraged for children to enrich their imaginations and prepare them for adulthood. Dolls reflect our dreams, ideas, and aspirations. They enable us to create our future and recreate the past. Our exhibit will explore the roles played by dolls and the stories they tell in the lives of children and adults over the last 200 years.

The exhibit will feature antique and vintage dolls that are cherished by our members. Each doll will share their stories of affection and adventures. Dolls come in different sizes and mediums - paper to porcelain, cloth to wood. They are the stars of our storybooks, characters from our favorite movies, our nightly companions, and our friend for every adventure.

The following will take place at the 1855 Harris-Kearney House. For the latest details, check the Westport Historical Society’s Facebook page.


  • “Let’s Play Dolls: A History of Children’s Dolls” by Laura S. Taylor, Curator of Interpretation, The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures, July 5, 2019, 2:00 p.m.
  • Judy Porter, Doll Artist, July 20, 2019, 2:00 p.m.
  • “Rose O’Neil: The Kewpie Lady and More” (preliminary title) by Susan Scott, Bonniebrook Museum, August 2, 2019, 2:00 p.m.
  • “The Bicentennial (almost) Doll” by Susie Graber, Doll Artist, August 17, 2019, 2:00 p.m.
  • Doll Collecting, Heirloom Doll Club of Kansas City, Missouri, tbd


A reception for the Doll Exhibit will be held on July 19, 2019. Our guest will be doll artist, Judy Porter, who will be presenting the following day.


Doll Lock-in at the Museum, July 26, 27, 2019, 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 am
Dolls will spend the night at the museum, having adventures that will then be shared with their human companions the following morning when they return to pick them up.
Sign your doll up, today, for this fun adventure by calling 816-561-1821 or 913-2231-6749.

Doll Making Workshop, August 9, 2019, 2:00 p.m.
Participants will make a rag doll.


Museum hours: Friday and Saturday, 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Group tours of 10 or more may also be booked on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Exhibit is included with the price of admission to the Museum.

For more information, contact the 1855 Harris-Kearney House Museum at 816-561-1821 or 913-231-6749.