American Girl dolls to teach children about local history

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - Before the popularity of the American Girl dolls, there was a collection of books.

And now both will be available at the Clinton Historical Society for children to enjoy. Each girl has a collection of books that teach children about the time period in which she grew up. The Clinton Historical Society, with the help of many others, will soon have nine American Girl dolls and their books.

Three have already arrived -- Kit, Rebecca and Caroline. The Clinton Historical Society is taking the enjoyment of this collection a step further by providing local history to go along with the time period of the girl.

"We use our archives to create a historical perspective -- a picture point in time of what was happening," said Robert Tegart of the Clinton Historical Society. "Like the 1812 doll ... we found artifacts and documents that will relate to the child's life in Clinton versus the child's life in the 1812 book."

The public is invited to the Clinton Historical Society at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday to have tea with the dolls and enter to win a chance to sign the dolls out.

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