Township of Ocean Historical Museum
The American Doll Tea Party
The Township of Ocean Historical Museum held an “American Doll Tea Party” on Sunday, July 19, 2009.  The event was held to introduce area boys and girls to the history of dolls and to exhibit a large variety of dolls for the children to see.  
Many locally owned doll collections were exhibited in the Eden Woolley House. 

Each girl brought a doll and boys showed off their teddy bears.  A doll fashion show allowed each participant to show the doll they brought. All participants made a woven bracelet or necklace with the assistance of volunteer high school students. After the show cupcakes, cookies and fruit kabobs were served with lemonade and iced tea.

Suzi Mathis has collected dolls since 2000.  She has a collection of 300 dolls.  Suzi was kind enough to exhibit her Lee Middleton dolls for the children attending the Tea.
Madison Lindgren holds on to her own doll as she looks at some of the hundreds of dolls that were exhibited
A Museum volunteer shows two of the girls how to braid a cloth bracelet.
Kiley Richmond holds her doll as she samples the refreshments.
Mrs. Margaret Lombardo helps Brooke Applegate braid a bracelet as Emma Arbeeny and Marisa Lombardo are assisted by Museum volunteer Brianna Buffaro.
Several of the dolls being exhibited for the children were located in the restored Playhouse that is located on the grounds of the Museum, behind the Eden Woolley House
Marissa Lombardo shows her favorite doll during the Doll Fashion Show.
A few of the girls sit on quilts and listen as Museum member Marjorie Edelson (below) tells them about the history of dolls.
Marjorie Edelson explains doll history
Township of Ocean Historical Museum

Address: 703 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ 07712
Mailing: P.O. Box 516, Oakhurst, NJ 07755-0516 


(732) 531-2136
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"An open door to the history of coastal Monmouth County"