I was a big fan of dolls growing up. From my earliest memories, I can remember having a doll in¬†my hand at all times, a friend that I could tell my deepest secrets to. But perhaps my favorite¬†dolls were my American Girl Dolls. These dolls were my favorite because they came¬†with their own stories. Each doll was supposed to be from a specific time in America‚Äôs history.¬†Each doll came with period clothes and accessories from that time, as well as books that told¬†the story of the doll.
I loved reading the stories and imagining how girls lived a long time ago. The American Girl¬†Dolls introduced me to a different time. While the dolls were not based on real life people, their¬†stories were representative of real life girls who lived during these times. The American Girl Doll¬†company produced many different dolls that were from many different time periods. They told¬†stories of the Native Americans, the life of an African-American girl during the Civil War, and so¬†many more.
I owned Molly, a girl growing up in during World War II and Kit, a girl growing up in during the¬†Great Depression of the 1930s. I lovingly played with them for years, until finally I outgrew them¬†and gave them to my young cousin to play with, passing on my love for dolls and the real stories¬†of girls in the past.
The promotional video for Addy, an African-American girl living during the Civil War, shows how¬†much work and thought went into making these dolls historically accurate and interesting for the¬†young generation. There are actually exhibits in museums dedicated to showing these stories¬†and telling the story of the real life girls who lived during these times.
American Girl Doll has changed a lot since I was a kid, but I hope that they are still producing¬†the same quality of stories and dolls for children of all ages. Because telling the story of little¬†girls throughout history through dolls is such a fun and creative idea.
I loved American Girl Dolls growing up and I hope that the younger generation is experiencing¬†them just as I did. Dolls can be a girl‚Äôs best friend, and I know my American Girl Dolls were¬†produced some of my favorite memories and times playing as a kid.
Girl Museum Inc.