Popular Porcelain Doll
Show to Continue at Lansing Manor through July 5
June 18, 2004
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NORTH BLENHEIM—The New York Power Authority’s
(NYPA) historic Lansing Manor is now hosting a world-class porcelain
doll show that will continue thru July 5. The exhibit showcases the
collection of Summit resident Doris Craspser, a doll collector for
20 years. Her collection includes porcelain dolls from such
prominent companies as Ashton-Drake, Paradise Gallery and the
Franklin Mint, and features some of the most exquisite and life-like
dolls in the world.
Mrs. Craspser said she grew up during the Great
Depression and, ironically, had no dolls as a child. She attributes
her love of dolls today to her circumstances growing up and the
collection on display confirms her passion. These porcelain wonders
were designed and crafted by some of the world’s finest artists and
some are worth over $300, with their values increasing annually.
Mrs. Craspser’s collection ranges from the traditional porcelain
babies to more elaborate fancy ladies and can be admired by all ages
for their detailed artistry.
The exhibit was originally scheduled as a
weekend event in early June, but after receiving an enthusiastic
response from visitors, Mrs. Craspser was asked to keep her dolls on
display through July, 5. The impression of the dolls is one of
timelessness and beauty, which produces a strong sense of nostalgia
that nicely compliments the historic décor of Lansing Manor.
Lansing Manor, at NYPA’s Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped
Storage Power Project Visitors Center, is open Wednesday thru Monday
from 10am to 5pm with free admission. The site is located on Route
30, 17 miles South of Middleburgh.