President’s Message

I hope the holidays brought you peace and joy. For me, winter is always a time of reflection and change. We make New Year’s Eve resolutions and start the year by working toward achieving them. 
We put away holiday decorations, promise to improve diets and make 
plans for a different, better New Year.

This year, inspired by moving from one storage unit to another, I resolved to become better organized. As I went through numerous boxes and tubs, I discovered a treasure trove of forgotten items – souvenirs, dolls, old records, books and probably every event table favor that I have ever received! I’m sure we can all relate to this. Old photographs of unknown people and relatives gave me pause to wonder – what will become of my treasures when my time has passed?

UFDC is dedicated to preserving the history of dolls. Every member of UFDC is, in their own way, a guardian of this history. How do we preserve, protect and secure the future of our doll collection? We can inventory our collection by keeping records that describe the doll and provide provenance. UFDC consistently receives inquiries from non-collectors asking about a collection’s value or how to liquidate a loved one’s dolls. We can consider designating a family member or a collector friend as ‘doll estate executor’ for our collection. A review of the UFDC Museum “wish list” may help find a home for a special doll. By joining the “Mary Lewis Legacy Society,” collectors can designate UFDC as part of a planned donation. It is important that we secure the future of our collections – not only our dolls, but important archival material that supports the story of the doll for generations to come.

Exciting changes are being made at our Headquarters and Museum. The Collection Oversight Committee is working to catalogue our collection inventory. UFDC’s archives and library are especially in need of organization. We look forward to updating all this information on the website. The new museum website application will be available in early 2018, providing members an on-line glimpse into our museum. We recently launched our new website, with continued anticipation for improvement. Our on-line shop has now become an E-Commerce shop, reaching across the internet, offering UFDC a greater audience. The official UFDC Facebook page is now being administered by professionals. Through technology, we are better equipped to monitor our visitors and provide more focused information on UFDC Headquarters and Doll Museum events.

In closing, we welcome Kathy Monier as our new Doll News editor. Kathy follows a tradition of dedicated and talented editors who have volunteered their time to bring us this prestigious magazine.

I hope to see you at the spring “Open House.” I appreciate your continued support of UFDC.

Best Wishes,
Loretta

 

 

You can also read the latest Unity’s Newsletter from the UFDC officers and staff.

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