Mysterious Penn State doll frightens museum curators

Mysterious Penn State doll frightens museum curators

No, this week’s Pennsylvania Treasure is not a horror movie prop.  Although, it could be. When we first discovered this  doll, we immediately thought of the movie “Pscyho,” particularly the scene where Norman Bates’ real mother is found reposing in the kitchen, a toothy grin on her face, and nothing more.  Around 1948, Alice Milsom gave …

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Macabre jewelry rooted in human hair

Macabre jewelry rooted in human hair

  This week’s Pennsylvania Treasure is a collection of jewelry made from human hair. While we might consider it macabre today, the wearing of hair jewelry in Victorian society was accepted and embraced as a physical reminder of death. Museum collections today contain necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings, lockets, brooches and even wreaths. The use of …

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