Celebrate Raggedy Ann’s Michigan history

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WOTV) The first Raggedy Ann dolls were made in Muskegon in 1918, and their heritage is being celebrated in a series of events August 7 through 9.

Johnny Gruelle, an author and cartoonist, made up stories about his daughter’s doll to entertain her while she was ill. He later wrote books about the stories, creating the Raggedy Ann character.

Raggedy Ann dolls were made at the Non Breakable Toy Company in Muskegon from 1918 to 1926. More than 75,000 dolls were made before manufacturing moved to Chicago.

Three Muskegon museums are celebrating the city’s part in Raggedy Ann history with a series of events from August 7 to August 9 at the Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon Heritage Museum, and the Lakeshore Museum Center. Kids can enjoy activities, see original Raggedy Ann dolls and artwork, listen to storytellers, watch a movie, and win prizes. Admission is free!

Muskegon Heritage Museum 

Thursday, August 7 – Saturday, August 9
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
See the original Raggedy Ann dolls and artwork, hear live storytellers, prize drawing

Muskegon Museum of Art

Saturday, August 9
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Art activity, movie: “Raggedy Ann & Andy: A Musical Adventure”

Lakeshore Museum Center 

Saturday, August 9
Noon – 4 p.m.
See the original doll, be a toy detective and find out more about Made in Muskegon toys

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