Inspired by the life of Amy Dawn Morris, the Spencer Doll and Toy Museum embraces the same joy and optimism Amy displayed, even though she suffered from a terminal illness. Her beautiful spirit and collection of dolls was the inspiration of the Spencer Doll and Toy Museum.
Meet Our Board Members
Nancy Jo Fox is an avid Folk Art collector. She holds multiple degrees in design, including ones from Duke and New York universities. That led to a long career as a teacher at the New York School of Interior Design where she achieved one of her proudest accomplishments. She penned the book Liberties With Liberty: The Fascinating History Of America's Proudest Symbol. She has worked extensively with the Museum of American Folk Art in New York City,
which involved extensive sessions of interior design of many varieties. Her passion remains folk art and interior design.
Michael & Gayle Hansen are the owners of Mike and Gayle's Joys and Toys can be found at the Metrolina or Liberty Antique show. The couple travels up and down the East Coast searching for treasures! When not traveling Mike and Gayle enjoy making miniatures and volunteering at their church. Gayle is the Museum's Curator.
Susan L. Morris is a Rowan county native. She is a prominent business owner, avid golfer, serving on several local boards and has been awarded numerous accolades for her volunteer work. She enjoys being a member of the Rowan Doll Society and is inspired by the other collectors and their talents. While she enjoys collecting, Susan's favorite doll is her granddaughter, Caroline.
Beth Morris Nance is a native of Spencer, NC and a graduate of North Rowan High School. She earned her BA from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC where she lived until 2005. She, her husband Robert and daughter, Caroline moved back to Rowan County. She is a dedicated community volunteer and serves as the museum's director. She is an enthusiastic member of the Rowan Doll Society in Salisbury and loves all dolls and toys. Her hobbies include reading, making miniatures, and cross stitching.
Wayne & Helen Thomas was born in Lansing, Michigan and spent 3 years in the US Navy before joining IBM in Toledo, Ohio as a Customer Engineer. He moved to Charlotte, NC in 1980 as a Software Engineer. He is the Board Treasurer for Historic Latta Plantation in Huntersville, NC and Rowan Doll Society. His primary collection is of Schoenhut Circus figures, tents, and animals plus several Schoenhut dolls. His hobbies include making props for the circus and working on doll houses. Helen was born in Parkersburg, West Virginia and moved to Charlotte, NC in 1989. She started collecting when her grandmother bought her a German bisque doll when she was 5 years old at an antique shop. She feels blessed to belong to the Rowan Doll Society. She collects mostly German and French bebes and French fashion dolls but has many foreign dolls, Paper mache, China Heads and a few modern dolls.
Cathy Wood is a doll hunter who likes to find worn dolls to give new hope to old dreams. She lives and was born in Rowan County. Cathy is a retired assistant teacher.
Buddy Farnan is the museum's magician.
Denise Palm-Beck is a retired teacher from Ohio and has been in the antiques business as a marketer/manager. Denise has served on several non profit boards including the American
Heart Association and the Latta Plantation in Huntersville. Her awards include: Outstanding Young Women of America, National
Human Rights Campaign, recognition for sales achievement by Banana
Republic and the Community Center of Charlotte and Ambassador's Circle.
If you would like to volunteer for Spencer Doll and Toy Museum, please call the museum at 704-762-9359.
Spencer Doll Museum is a member of the following organizations:
UFDC, NAME, Rowan County Chamber of Commerce, North Carolina Nonprofit Museum Council
We proudly support other organizations: Food For Thought and Toys for Tots.
We also partner with other nonprofit organizations in the community to ensure Rowan County is a great place to work, place and live.