Japanese doll expert from Montana Alan Pate visited Birmingham's own Friendship Doll Miss Iwate, and gave a very interesting and animated lecture about the complex story of Japan's gift of 58 Friendship Dolls to the children of the U.S. in 1927. A Harvard graduate, he has done extensive research regarding this important piece of history, and is about to publish a book on the subject. Our Birmingham Doll Club helped sponsor Mr. Pate's lecture, and brought some Japanese dolls of our own for him to see and appraise.
The following 3 photos are some of members' dolls that Mr. Pate explained and discussed with us.
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Below Mr. Alan Pate is talking with Birmingham Doll Club members about their own Japanese dolls.
Photos below are of Mr. Ben Peterson of the Birmingham Public Library setting up Miss Iwate and all her accessories.
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