Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Phyllis Mustain: Preserving childhood memories for generations come

The Arlington Heights Historical Museum is proud to announce that we will now be highlighting one of our many awesome volunteers once a month.

Our first Volunteer of the Month is Phyllis Mustian. Phyllis works with our Martha Mills Doll Collection and is such a wonderful attribute to the Museum.

Martha Mills was born in 1885 & was a resident of Arlington Heights who grew up with a love of dolls. Her mother only let her have two dolls as a child, so when she was older she began collecting and making dolls of all sorts. The dolls that she collected date back to the early 1900s, and the dolls she created were all made by hand between 1949 & 1963. Her dolls won her national awards and have been on display in Detroit, Miami, New York, and San Francisco.

Since she began working with the Doll Collection in 2010, Phyllis has conducted an audit of the entire collection, maintained an up to date photo directory of the dolls, managed repairs of the dolls, & created lovely exhibits to highlight the variety of the collection. With over 1,000 dolls, not all can be on display at one time. Phyllis has designed lovely exhibits around certain themes; circus, fashion, celebrations, books, etc.

With all the dolls we currently have and new ones being donated regularly, Phyllis could use some help. If you would be interested in giving a few hours of your time once a month to continue this tradition that is a jewel in the crown of the Arlington Heights Historical Museum, please call 847-225-1225. Any amount of time would be greatly appreciated.

Once again, we want to thank Phyllis Mustain for all her hard work in maintaining this exhibit. We value all the work you do beyond what we can express in this short post.

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