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Doll collection given to Lake Preston Museum: Collection from the late Phyllis Mellette includes Danbury Mint collection

Posted: Monday, Dec 10th, 2012

One of the curators of the Lake Preston Museum recently acquired the bulk of a doll collection from the late Phyllis Mellette.

Mellette had left her Danbury Mint wedding couple dolls of Prince Charles and Lady Diana to the museum. While visiting with Mellette’s daughter, Carol Zeeck asked about the other dolls in the collection. Her offer to keep them was accepted, so the majority of Mellette’s doll collection is now in Zeeck’s custody.

“Our museum is not set up to house dolls on a permanent basis,” Zeeck explained. “So I offered to care for them with my doll collection and have them available for special events and displays at the museum and around the area.”

The Danbury Mint royal couple already traveled to Huron a year ago to be on display during the national convention of the Navy Wives Clubs of America. So it seemed only fitting that NWCA Great Plains 308 members were invited to view the doll collection in October.

Mellette was a war bride who came to Lake Preston from England. Her collection includes dolls from Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Italy, Poland, Scotland, England, Russia and France. The French dolls were gifts from her neighbor, who was also a war bride, who came to Lake Preston from France.

Zeeck’s doll collection includes more than 100 dolls in foreign costume from more than 75 countries.

Zeeck, a Canadian native, was serving in her country’s navy when she met her husband, Merrill, a U.S. sailor during a joint mission.

Zeeck earned her U.S. citizenship after the couple retired to Lake Preston.

For the complete article see the 12-09-2012 issue.

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