Program about Cora Boosey Doll Collection

February 09, 2011
Santa Paula News

Blanchard Community Library is winding down its yearlong centennial celebration and still has some special events in store. On Monday, February 14th – Valentine’s Day – you’re invited to join us in the Hardison Room from 2 to 4 p.m. for a special program on the library’s Cora Boosey Doll Collection and Hitty and other Storybook Dolls hand carved and collected by Mary Lee Sundstrom.

Mary Lee will be our speaker for the program. A woman of multiple talents, she has for 30 years carved unique dolls, and brings vast knowledge and enthusiasm to the subject of dolls.

Featured guests will be Jan Corrin Morris, the granddaughter-in-law of Cora Boosey, and members of “Attic BeBe,” our local doll collection organization. This group helped raise money to build the cabinets that house the Boosey Dolls at the library, and some members work on cleaning and refurbishing the collection.

Cora Boosey, whose antique doll collection was nationally known, collected parts of dolls, assembled them (making the bodies herself), dressed them appropriately and sold them to other collectors. Her own collection was donated to the library many years ago by her daughter, Ruby Boosey Corrin (SPHS Class of 1918) and Ruby’s daughter-in-law Jean.

Tea and cookies will be served. Doll enthusiasts as well as tea lovers are invited!

Blanchard Community Library is located at 119 N. 8th St. in Santa Paula. For information about this and other library programs and events, please call 525-3615.

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