Dolls exhibit at Museum
The Historical Museum at St. Gertrude in Cottonwood, Idaho, invites you to visit a new temporary exhibit of a number of “nun” dolls which have been given to the museum over the years by a variety of donors. The collection consists of 28 dolls, many of which were donated recently by Bonita Manlick of Lewiston.
Nun dolls are becoming increasingly sought after with the disappearance of the habit. There are few doll makers now who reproduce dolls’ habits correctly, in the style of each order. To purchase a doll worth investing in, it is important to follow a few guidelines: research the history of the order and the religion it represents (nuns also represent some Protestant and Buddhist faiths); know reputable makers; and look for collectors’ estates. The good investment doll will be 12-18 inches tall and may have vinyl or ceramic/porcelain china hands and legs. The garments/habits should be very well-fitting and faithful to the original habit.
The largest “nun doll” museum is locate in Indian River, Michigan. That museum houses 525 dolls and 20 mannequins, all of which represent the Diocesian clergy and more than 217 religious orders.
This exhibit opened on May 1 and will close on October 2.
One of the ‘Nun Dolls’ now on exhibit at the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude.