Doll Houses - 12-4

Hello again, good readers of the American Treasure Tour blog!  Today, we are going to discuss doll houses.  It's almost impossible not to appreciate a well-constructed and beautifully adorned doll house, and we have millions of them on display here at the Treasure Tour in Oaks.  Okay, maybe not millions, but at least dozens, ranging from simple one-room displays likely created by people trying to tell simple stories to experts who create elaborate award-winning extravaganzas complete with electrical wiring and wallpaper.  


Although people today generally associate doll houses with playthings for young women, they have been around for centuries.  One of the earliest known to have been made was for Duke Albrecht V of Bavaria in 1557, who wanted a replica of a royal residence.  Now, of course, few doll houses are made by hand anymore, but people young and old treasure these tiny constructions.


What Chicago-based site is host to a collection of 68 miniature rooms that include furniture created by expert craftsmen in the 1930s and 1940s?

a)  The Art Institute of Chicago

b)  The Chicago Children's Museum

c)  The Chicago History Museum

d)  The Shedd Aquarium

e)  The Museum of Contemporary Art

Answer Below


In 1619, only ten years after the Jamestown Colony was settled, thirty-eight adventurous souls from Berkeley Parish in England ride up the James River and give thanks for their safe arrival in Virginia after a perilous journey on the Atlantic.  Many consider this the first celebration of Thanksgiving in the New World.

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1954 is a long way from 1619, but another important event took place on December 4th, this time in Memphis, Tennessee.  For the first and only time, the "Million Dollar Quartet" sang together at Sun Studios:  Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash.  These four friends spent an afternoon together, chatting and singing.  An album was released compiling forty-six musical tracks from the day on the fiftieth anniversary.


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Max Baer, Jr. turns 76 years old today.  He is the son of the famous boxer, Max Baer (best known to modern movie-goers as the boxer who fought Russell Crowe's Jim Braddock in the 2005 film Cinderella Man).  Choosing a career in tv and film, Baer, Jr. is best known for playing the character of Jethro on The Beverly Hillbillies between 1962 and 1971.  He may have been too good at the job, though, since he was typecast after that and new work in front of the camera proved challenging for him to obtain.  So he became a director and producer, and occasionally makes appearances as the beloved Cousin Jethro.  Happy birthday, Jethr--I mean, Max!


You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don't try to forget the mistakes, but you don't dwell on it. You don't let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space. - Johnny Cash

Answer:  a) The Art Institute of Chicago