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Display Is at Springfield Heritage Center

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Display Is at Springfield Heritage Center

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Byline: CARRIE RESCH

It's a small world after all, especially from a doll's point of view.

A "Dolls around the World" exhibit is on display until September at the Springfield Heritage Center, with the hope of shedding a little light on the "shrinking" nature of our globe.

"The dolls have universal appeal," said Rita Reagan, volunteer at the center on North Main Street. "These dolls are very educational and really speak to the fact that the world is really becoming smaller."

The exhibit features dolls from Australia, Nigeria, Germany, Mexico, Japan, India, Scotland, Panama, France, China, Greece, Russia, England, Thailand and Egypt. The dolls were donated from the private collections of members of the Jacksonville Doll and Toy Societe.

The exhibit is dedicated to the late Thelma Cullipher, a charter member of the society who was an active community volunteer as well as a registered nurse and analyst for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, said Catherine Towers, Jacksonville Doll and Toy Societe member.

During their retirement, Thelma Cullipher and her husband, Bill, began volunteering for numerous organizations, including the Ronald McDonald House and Shands Jacksonville. Among other things, Thelma Cullipher also wrote letters to soldiers in Desert Storm, sent shoeboxes of goodies to missionary projects and visited nursing homes.

Cullipher's granddaughter inherited her doll collection after her death in 2003.

"She was such an active person in our community, and she was such an energetic person," Towers said. "We just felt like we wanted to recognize her."

Her husband continued volunteering, including working with the Jacksonville Doll and Toy Societe, until his death last year.

This is the third exhibit on which the center and society have collaborated. One member of the society displayed her doll house collection, and last Christmas society members donated Christmas-themed dolls from their collections for a holiday display.

The current international doll collection is drawing visitors of all ages. Several field trips have been scheduled to the museum and the kids have shown a real interest in the doll exhibit, Reagan said. …

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