American Girl program coming back at museum

Published 8:50 pm Thursday, June 14, 2012

After a five-year hiatus, Riddick’s Folly House Museum is bringing back the American Girl program.

The historic home on North Main Street will holds its first program of the new series on June 23. It hopes to continue doing them about once a quarter, curator Lee King said.

“It just seems to be a real big hit with the young girls,” he said. “We felt like this was the right time to bring it back.”

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American Girl is a popular series of dolls, along with books and accessories to match. Many of the dolls’ stories are set in historical time periods, and the dolls’ clothing and accessories correspond to the time periods.

The doll released this year, McKenna, is a contemporary character who is a gymnast. She has always done well in school, but once she hits the fourth grade, she finds it is harder than she thought it was going to be. McKenna has to find ways to overcome her problems step by step and regain her self-confidence.

The June 23 program at Riddick’s Folly will focus on McKenna. There will be two sessions, at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. There is a limit of 20 children per session, and they must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are required.

The American Girl stories “teach the girls life lessons and good morals and values,” said Heather Brinkley, an employee at Riddick’s Folly.

The program will include a craft, reading and refreshments. It is geared toward ages 5 to 11, but all ages are welcome.

“I think it’s a good way for us to reach more people,” said Jane Smith, a Riddick’s Folly board member.

The museum also has new American Girl merchandise in the gift shop, King added. Riddick’s Folly is located at 510 N. Main St. Call 934-0822 for more information or to register.