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A history of dolls

November 4, 2012

It could be a corn husk, rag, Raggedy Ann, Betsy-Wetsy, DyDee, Barbie, Cabbage Patch or Bratz. Girls have played with dolls from pioneer days to modern times. Like many forms of imaginative play, it is a natural process where children develop empathy for others and advance their language, thinking, problem-solving and social skills as they pretend to be something in the world around them and mimic future adult-like roles. With all the high-tech toys today, can children even imagine what it was like years ago when entertainment and play was initiated solely by one's own imagination? As seen in this column's ongoing series, touring the Dunkirk Historical Lighthouse and Veterans Park Museum is one way people can get a glimpse of what life was like long ago, including that of a child and her doll in the dining room.



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