Historical Society Attic Show in gallery

The Fond du Lac County Historical Society is bringing treasures out of storage for an exhibit, From the Attic, at the Fond du Lac Public Library Langdon Divers Gallery from June 4 to July 2.

The exhibit, organized by historical society library director Tracy Reinhardt, includes portraits of Ezra Peebles and his wife (founders of the town) as well as portraits of John and Mary Hobbs and Sophia Hamilton.

As well, the show will include 18 handmade bridal dolls created by Bernice Parfitt of Ripon. The tiny dolls were made painstakingly – with hand-sewn facial features – to show period bridal dresses from 1776 to 1966. Parfitt was inspired to begin her doll project during the 1976 Bicentennial and continued until her retirement a few years ago. She made 74 in all.

The public is invited to a reception from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, June 20. Refreshments will be served. The reception is held conjunction with the downtown Fond du Lac Tour the Town downtown art walk.

The library’s gallery is a showcase for local and regional artists. The space is curated by volunteer artist Susan Fiebig, who can be contacted at [email protected].

In the photo: This 1860s-era bride doll is part of a large Fond du Lac County Historical Society collection of dolls made by Bernice Parfitt, of Ripon, a project she started in the 1970s to illustrate bridal fashions over the years. This and 17 other bride dolls, as well as portraits and other memorabilia, will be included in the exhibit, "From the Attic of the Historical Society," on display at the Fond du Lac Public Library gallery June 4 to July 2. 

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