The Mary Ingalls Society (ISBSSS) is very pleased to announce the return of Mary Ingalls to her alma mater in doll form. The Iowa School for the Blind and Sight Saving School has been working closely with Americorp who work and stay in ISBSSS buildings in Vinton. One of these Americorp staff members, Audra Piotti , has generously donated to the school four dolls from the Ashton Drake Ingalls family doll set. Besides Mary Ingalls herself, her sister Laura (of author fame), her brother-in-law Almanzo, and the Ingalls girls nemesis, Nellie Olesen were all part of the donation.
These dolls are part of an 8 doll set of the complete Ingalls family, minus Baby Freddie, plus Almanzo and Nellie that came out a doll at a time starting in 1995. It was created by doll artist Joan Ibarolle. The set is very popular with Laura Ingalls Wilder fans and a full set of the dolls can be seen on display at both the Pepin, Wisconsin and Burr Oak, Iowa, Laura Ingalls Wilder museums (in fact Burr Oak has two sets).
Now that “Mary” has returned we hope to have her show you around the School in the coming months. We are also interested in adding to our collection of Mary dolls. Several of the homesites have offered versions of a Mary doll over the years and we’d be interested in adding them to our display if your “Mary” is looking for a new home.
Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently acting President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.