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.Mrs. Doris Leibensperger began making dolls 16 years ago...

When asked about why and how she started creating dolls, she related:

  “I have always liked children so I guess that explains why I have a love for dolls. Years earlier I was at a porcelain and ceramic show in Hamburg, PA. One of the vendors had a stand featuring porcelain dolls. I enjoyed looking at and critiquing each and every one—only to find out that they were made by students. Having a great desire to make a doll myself, I stored all this information in my mind.

"When the day arrived that I learned I was to become a grandmother in 1990, I felt strongly that I would enjoy making a doll for my new grandchild. With the telephone book in hand, I searched out the Blue Mountain Doll Shop.

Doris retired from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania as Secretary to the Dean of Library Services in 2001. This woman of varied talents and interests served 23 very good years at Rohrbach Library. She and her husband Steve now spend their time traveling the world and enjoying their family that includes 3 children and 5 grandchildren.

Also see a bibliography of Rohrbach Library resources on this topic.

“In the little hobby room of my home, in glass cases which reach from the floor to the ceiling, my large doll family dwells in peace and harmony. There are no international barriers nor racial problems within a doll cabinet.” (Janet Pagter Johl in: Gordon, 1949, xi)