Local girls learn about history through American Girl dolls

The Elkhart County Historical Museum hosted its annual American Girl Doll Day.

Posted on April 6, 2013 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on April 6, 2013 at 4:06 p.m.

BRISTOL — Several local girls were able to make crafts and learn a bit about history while sitting alongside their dolls at the American Girl Doll Day at the Elkhart County Historical Museum on Saturday, April 6.

Patrick McGuire, the museum’s curator of education, led the girls in two crafts to do with “Caroline Abbot,” who in the American Girl’s book series, lived in Sackets Harbor, N.Y., during the War of 1812.

McGuire had the girls create sailboats out of foam cups and paper. In the books, Caroline’s father built ships until he was captured in the war. Then, Caroline and her mother took over the work in the family’s shipyard.

McGuire also explained how Francis Scott Key came to write The Star-Spangled Banner after seeing the U.S. flag still flying at a battle at Fort McHenry while he was held prisoner by the British. McGuire encouraged the girls there Saturday to think of things that are important to them and to create their own flag using paper and markers.

Several girls drew images of their families, pets, instruments they play and books they enjoy reading.

The museum holds the American Girl Doll Day every year, McGuire said. Girls are welcome to bring their own American Girl doll, though it’s not required.

“It’s a really great way to bring in an audience we don’t usually see,” McGuire said. “It’s good to bring in the younger audience.”

Ellen Yoder, 9, of Millersburg was at the event with her mother, Kim, and doll, Julie,

“It’s fun making crafts and learning about the other dolls,” Ellen said.

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