Robert and Ethel Kennedy traveled the globe during his time as Attorney General and later as Senator. Kennedy’s good will tours focused on the advancement of democracy and human rights all over the world. Despite the serious nature of these international travels, the Kennedys were able to bring home dolls reflecting the culture of the countries they visited.
After spending a half century in private Kennedy family hands, many of these dolls will be available for the public to see. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, the eldest of Robert’s 11 children whose own life has been dedicated to public service, recently loaned over 200 of the dolls to the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum. These dolls give us insight into many societies around the world. We are very grateful to Kathleen for her generous loan that will certainly enhance our visitors’ experience.
This small exhibit is just a sample of what will be introduced in 2022 when we unveil a comprehensive exhibit of the dolls and the nations they represent.