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Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Doll Depicting Nanette Bolton in the Collection of The Office of The Historian of The Town of Pelham

The collections of The Office of The Historian of The Town of Pelham include a fascinating doll dressed in what appears to be a mourning outfit with documentation indicating that it depicts Nanette Bolton of Pelham Manor. Nanette Bolton was a daughter of Reverend Robert Bolton, who founded Christ Church in Pelham Manor in 1838.

She founded and served as head mistress of the famed Priory School for Girls located in the Bolton Priory, her family's home next to Christ Church. After her death in July 1884, former pupils of the Priory School and members of the Parish of Christ Church decided to express their love with a memorial building to expand the facilities of the parish. Thus, in 1885 and 1886 the Parish raised funds and built the Nanette Bolton Memorial Building immediately adjacent to Christ Church. To read more about the building and the memorial stone set into its exterior wall, see:

Wednesday, September 21, 2005: The Nanette Bolton Memorial Chapel Building at Christ Church in Pelham Manor.

A photograph of the doll appears immediately below. It is stored in a box that contains a typewritten label. An image of the typewritten label appears below the photograph of the doll. Beneath that image, the text of the label is transcribed to facilitate full text searching.


(Gamma Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma)

Made by Miss Dorothy Bacheller, Director of Home Economics Mamaroneck Public Schools -- 1880 Palmer Avenue, Larchmont, N. Y."

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