Bring the kids to see Wyoming Women's History Dolls at the Dubois Museum

(Dubois, Wyo.) - Dolls depicting dozens of women famous in Wyoming history are on display through March at the Dubois Museum & Wind River Historical Center. The small hand-made figures, crafted from old-fashioned clothespins with authentic costumes, were created by women in Dubois' “Top of the World Home Makers Club” to commemorate Women’s History month in March of 1989. The unique effort was something of a departure for members of the club, who usually undertook philanthropic projects such as sewing blankets or stuffed animals for sick children. [image: Inline image 1] *Lois Wingerson / Pitchengine Communities* The dolls offer a charming glimpse of women’s role in the history of the state, highlighting many civic “firsts” for Wyoming women, such as first to vote, first jury member, and first judge. Among them are the figure of an early woman doctor who dressed as a man to deflect unwanted comments, as well as of women who remain famous today, such as Calamity Jane, Sacajawea, and “Cattle Kate” (Ellen Watson), a Sweetwater County homesteader who was lynched for cattle rustling (almost certainly without just cause), exactly a century before the doll was made. Wyoming Homemakers Clubs formed in 1914 as an extension service of the University of Wyoming, similar to 4H. The Dubois club disbanded sometime in the late 1990s due to a lack of membership. Museum Curator Sally Wulbrecht says that the dolls, which were once displayed in the Wyoming State Capitol, deserve more attention than they had been getting in a corner of the small museum. An interactive display on a tablet next to the dolls provides background information about their history. *Feature Photo: Part of the Historic Dolls collection at the Dubois Museum. (Lois Wingerson / Pitchengine Communities) * *#county10 #news *