Special Exhibits

UFDC Museum Special Exhibits

Preserving the history of dolls and childhood is an important part of our UFDC Mission. Visitors to our museum are provided with the unique opportunity to see a wide variety of dolls and doll related items that provide a historical perspective of the doll throughout history as not only a plaything but as an important part of childhood. The UFDC museum is not only educational but an unforgettable experience.

Our current special exhibit at the UFDC Museum in Kansas City, The Endearing Art of Grace Drayton, Creator of the Campbell Soup Kids invites you to spend some time with the perennially popular Campbell Soup Kids. Early dolls inspired by the art, Doll Dingle paper dolls, children’s books and original advertising, created by famous illustrator, Grace G. Drayton. This colorful display includes some rare and never before seen objects.

Grace Drayton was an American illustrator October 14, 1877 – January 31, 1936, who illustrated the comic Dolly Drake and Billy Bumps and later created the paper doll “Dolly Dingle” which ran in the Pictorial Review Magazine. In 1904 she was invited to create for Campbell’s Soup two adorable Characters referred to as the “Campbell’s Soup Kids”.

Dolls are on loan from the Collection of Ursula Mertz, researcher of American Composition Dolls and member of the Collections Oversight Committee of UFDC which preserves the collection of over 3,000 dolls.  Ursula Mertz will give a presentation on Grace Drayton March 23rd, 2018, the final day of this exhibit.

Open House 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm  March 23rd, 2018

For more information about exhibits and activities please contact: ReAL Service Director, Barbara Stone at Barbara@ufdc.org.


 

 

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