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Hello, dolls! -- at Museum on Main

Historic collections yield extensive exhibit

Pleasanton's Museum on Main will display dolls from its collections in a new exhibit opening Wednesday titled "Tri-Valley of the Dolls."

The show will include handmade dolls, mass-market toys and collectible dolls from more than a century in the Tri-Valley. These include dolls from the collection of more than 100 that belonged to Pleasanton residents Wanda West and her daughter Jean West Jones between the 1930s and the 1970s.

The exhibit also includes dolls in folk costumes from around the world, dolls of celebrities and historical figures, baby dolls, fashion dolls, paper dolls, puppets, and doll clothing and furniture. Some are from famous designers such as Norah Wellings and Madame Alexander.

Visitors will not only see the dolls but also learn about the modern history of dolls and collecting dolls.

"Tri-Valley of the Dolls" runs from Feb. 27 to March 31 in the Phoebe Hearst Gallery at Museum on Main, 603 Main St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays; and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. For more information, visit www.museumonmain.org or call 462-2766.

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