Sign up for Hearthside’s American Girl party July 31

Sign up for Hearthside’s American Girl party July 31

LINCOLN – A favorite event for young girls and their dolls returns to Hearthside Museum, 677 Great Road, this summer with the American Girl Doll Garden Party being held on Saturday, July 31.

An afternoon of outdoor fun with history is in store for girls along with their doll as they learn about Samantha Parkington, the American Girl Doll who grew up in her grandmother's mansion in 1904. A presentation and display of the original historic doll that helped launch the American Girl Doll series brings Samantha to life, as the pastimes she enjoyed during the summer are detailed and shown with her miniature accessories.

Girls will get to participate in a flower craft to take home as well as try some of the turn-of-the-century lawn games that Samantha would have played. A keepsake photo of each girl, summertime refreshments, door prizes, and some beautiful raffle prizes are also part of the event. As they conclude the afternoon, guests will take a tour through the museum with the guides in period attire to see what the rooms may have looked like in the home that Samantha grew up in. The museum's gift shop is also stocked with an array of doll clothes and accessories for purchase.

The Garden Party is for girls ages 5 and older accompanied by an adult. This is an informal event, held rain or shine, under a tent. A limited number of seats are available, with two sessions being offered: 12-1:45 p.m. and 2:15-4 p.m. Advance tickets only which are available through www.hearthsidehouse.org . Tickets are $24/child; $14/adult.