Dolls, 1850-1970


Three Sessions: Mondays, October 28, November 4, 11; 1:30-3:00 PM

Location: Wesley Acres, 3520 Grand Ave., Des Moines

Enter under the green awning on the west side. Classes are in the theater. Parking is most likely to be available behind the main facility, on the east side, or in the “Bolton” lot (first lot on the right after entering from Grand). Consider parking on 36th or 37th St.

Cost: $27

Class Limit: 25


Each session will involve a discussion and presentation of the dolls from a different time period including examples of body types, the terminology used to describe them and typical clothing for each of the three eras. 1850 to 1910 will include dolls made of wax, paper mâché, bisque and china. 1910 to 1950 will include dolls made of cloth, wood, celluloid and composition. 1950 to 1970 will include dolls made of rubber, vinyl and plastic.


Instructor Yvonne Barrett has a BS in home economics with a major in textiles and clothing from Iowa State University. She is a graduate of Lifetime Careers Schools where she studied doll restoration. She is a member of the United Federation of Doll Clubs (an international non-profit, educational group), has served as a judge for national doll competitions and has given seminars and workshops at national conventions.



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