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Caring for Your Heirloom Dolls: Workshop at the Historic Adams House

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DEADWOOD, S.D. – The Historic Adams House, 22 Van Buren St., will host a workshop on the care of heirloom dolls with Johanna Meier on Saturday, March 17, 2007 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Ms. Meier will discuss and demonstrate techniques for caring for and preserving antique dolls. Participants are asked to bring an heirloom doll. Space is limited to 10 and a fee of $10 for non-members applies, members can attend for no charge; for reservations please call 605-578-3724. The workshop is recommended for adults. For thousands of years, dolls have been linked to the human place in society and our passions in life. In their earliest stages, dolls functioned in a religious context, found in the temples of early Persians and Babylonians. By the late 15th century, dolls were royal luxuries and given as decadent gifts by the upper class. Only in the last few centuries have dolls been regarded as the playthings of children. Through the ages, dolls have been symbols of international times and trends, a visual and imitative record of society. Today, besides functioning as the beloved play-toys of children, dolls are revered by adults for their petite and refined beauty and treasured as decorative pieces in many homes and museums. Johanna Meier is an avid doll collector and enthusiast. Her vast collection is located in the Dolls at Home Museum in Spearfish, of is the result of her international singing career. Ms. Meier is the owner, co-producer and director of the Black Hills Passion Play in Spearfish where she also plays the role of Mary, mother of Jesus. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music in New York, she enjoyed a lengthy career as an international opera singer before moving to the Black Hills. This workshop is sponsored by the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, Deadwood Gulch Resort and Gaming and Cadillac Jack’s Gaming Resort. -30- The Adams Museum, Historic Adams House and Homestake-Adams Research Center identify, preserve, collect, interpret and promote the history and culture of Deadwood and the surrounding Black Hills.