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Spencer Doll & Toy Museum to host convention, Schoenhut Exhibit

By Shavonne Walker

shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com

SPENCER — The Spencer Doll & Toy Museum is holding an exhibit through early November of Schoenhut toys and figurines, including a rare Schoenhut Noah’s Ark play set.

Albert Schoenhut had one of the largest toy manufacturing company’s before the Great Depression. All of the toys are made out of wood. The exhibit will be one of the largest in the nation of Schoenhut toys.

The Noah’s Ark play set is a rare piece and there are only two known to be in existence. The play set was bought at an auction in Salisbury, and the owner has loaned it to the museum, explained Beth Nance, the museum’s director.

The rare piece is currently on display and can be seen at the museum through Nov. 1.

This weekend, the museum will also host the international Schoenhut Collector’s Club convention. The convention begins today and ends Sunday. It will feature author Carol Corson, a renowned researcher on Schoenhut.

Corson has collected dolls for many years, and that led to her creating an in-depth encyclopedic-style work on the subject.

The Spencer Doll & Toy Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The museum is located at 108 Fourth St., Spencer.

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