from around the World Showcased in Special Exhibition:
More than 100 dolls and puppets from 30 countries will be on display at Truman Presidential Museum & Library November 18, 2006 through March 15, 2007
November 18, 2006, the Truman Presidential Museum & Library will open
a special exhibition entitled A Child in the White House: Caroline Kennedy's
Dolls. The exhibition will showcase more than 70 dolls and puppets from
30 countries given to Caroline Kennedy beginning in 1961 when her family
entered the White House through 1963 when tragedy ended their brief residency.
The exhibition will run through March 15, 2007.
and first ladies-including Italy's Prime Minister Amintore Fanfani, the
Ivory Coast's President Houphouet-Boigny, India's Indira Gandhi, Monaco's
Princess Grace, and France's Madame de Gaulle-presented dolls to young
Caroline Kennedy as state gifts. Other dolls in the collection were gifts
from foreign citizens who did not hold official government positions.
The collection is on loan from the John F. Kennedy Library, which originally
organized the exhibition in November 2003.
speaks to the world's enchantment with the young Kennedy family,"
said Michael Devine, director of the Truman Presidential Museum &
Library. "President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy were the first presidential
couple to raise young children in the White House since President and
Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909), and the public was charmed by the
brilliant young couple and their vivacious children. People from all over
the globe sent gifts to Caroline, and we're grateful for the opportunity
to share the collection with the public."
Born in 1957, Caroline Kennedy was a 3 year old when her father took the oath of office as President of the United States on January 20, 1961. (Her brother, John, was two months old at the time.) She attended kindergarten at the White House, in classes organized by her mother, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. Some of the most recognizable images of the Kennedy White House include photographs of the Kennedy children in the Oval Office and with their parents.
"This was quite an undertaking from a conservation perspective," said Frank Rigg, of the John F. Kennedy Library. "Many of the dolls are handcrafted and therefore both beautiful and delicate. Restoration efforts have returned each doll to its original appearance and will serve to preserve all the dolls for years to come."
The collection of state gifts includes:
The collection also
includes dolls and puppets from Santo Domingo, Uruguay, Guatemala, Colombia,
Austria, Holland, Wales, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Poland,
Germany, Japan, Thailand, Pakistan, Jordan, Korea, Canada, Greece, and
& General Information
A Child in the White House - Caroline Kennedy's Dolls may be viewed in the Museum with the price of regular admission, which is free for children 5 and under, $3 for youths 6-18, $7 for adults, and $5 for senior adults 62 and older. To schedule group tours of this and the permanent exhibits of the Truman Presidential Museum & Library, please call 816.268.8221. For all other information, call 1-800-833-1225 or visit www.trumanlibrary.org.
The Truman Presidential
Museum & Library is open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and
noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The Museum will be closed Christmas and New
Year's Day but open until 8 p.m. December 26 through 31. On December 2,
9, and 16, Santa will be in the beautifully decorated lobby for a photographic
keepsake, so bring your cameras.
The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is located at 24 Highway and Delaware in historic Independence, twenty minutes from downtown Kansas City, Missouri. There is ample free parking, with numerous nearby attractions, boutiques and restaurants.
The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is one of eleven presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. Since its dedication in 1957, the Truman Presidential Museum & Library has inspired millions of visitors. Step into a replica of Truman's Oval Office, test your Presidential mettle with interactive exhibits, and discover the powerful stories of an era that continues to shape our world today.
The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is supported, in part, by the Harry S. Truman Library Institute, the not-for-profit partner of the Truman Library. The Institute seeks to promote, through educational and community programs, a greater appreciation and understanding of American politics, history and culture, the process of governance, and the importance of public service, as exemplified by Harry S. Truman. To learn more about the Truman Presidential Museum & Library and the Harry S. Truman Library Institute, visit www.trumanlibrary.org.
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