On Display: Gifts of the Past

Gifts of the Past
A selection of children’s toys from the Historic Huguenot Street Permanent Collection
Exhibition by the Curatorial Department
November 22 – December 21, 2014

The Historic Huguenot Street Curatorial Department has developed a new exhibit in honor of the winter holiday season. Now on display in the DuBois Fort Visitor Center, Gifts of the Past presents a selection of historic children’s toys from the Historic Huguenot Street Permanent Collection.

Holiday gift giving has been a tradition for several centuries. Around the world, Christmas traditions are influenced by the legend of a gift giver rewarding children for their good behavior with toys and treats. “This exhibit brings together examples of classic children’s toys, both mass produced and hand-made, from the 19th and early-20th centuries,” explained Collections Manager Josephine Bloodgood. “We are very lucky to have such an extensive collection of these timeless objects preserved to share with the public.” Items on display include the first model Teddy Bear, a set of alphabet blocks, handmade wooden dominoes, and a bisque handmade doll.

HHS Teddy Bear

HHS Toy Soldiers

HHS Dominoes

This exhibit is a part of Historic Huguenot Street’s larger holiday programming season, featuring special events, interpretations, and décor. Additional objects from the Permanent Collection, including toys and holiday greeting cards, will be on display throughout the Deyo House, which guests can tour by purchasing a regular All-Day Pass.

Gifts of the Past is free and open to the public, now through Sunday, December 21, 2014. The DuBois Fort Visitor Center is open weekends, 10 am – 5 pm.

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