Spencer Doll And Toy Museum - Antique, Vintage and Collectible Dolls, Toys, Trains and Models

2017 Calendar of Events

Greetings Friends! Even though February is the shortest month of the year we have much going on!  In February we will be celebrating Black History Month and President’s Day with a special displays and  presentations. New exhibits will be installed including a rare collection of wooden and pull toys from 1880-1950 (on loan from Steve Mayo) and a new toy soldier diorama, courtesy of The SC Toy Soldier Club. Author Jan McCanless will bring Mystery,  Murder and Mayhem to the Museum as she shares excerpts from her latest book, Murder for the Profit.

We look forward to seeing you soon! When you stop by this month, we’ll be showing our love with a special Valentine for each visitor.

Downton Abbey Club - Thursday afternoons at 2:00pm
The Club is off to a great start and we still have room for more members!

We are showing the first episodes of Season one.  At 2:00 pm we will watch highlights of the series, interviews, episodes, or whatever the group decides! 

We will have discussion time to review, laugh and enjoy tea and cookies.  Special price options and membership advantages! 

February 11th - Meet and Greet at 1:00 pm for Steve Mayo, who will be bringing a new exhibit to the museum of rare antique toys.

He primarily collects pull toys and wooden toys; manufactured prior to 1950. He will bring examples from Rich, Hustler, Ted Toy-lers, Toy Tinkers, and Scarey Ann.

Delores Medlin Artist - February 11, 2017
2:00 PM

Delores is an exceptional Artist!  Her work has been displayed at the Salisbury Public Library, the Rowan Museum, in the Salisbury Post “Time out and Lifestyle Sections, Waterworks, the Arts and Jazz Holiday Affair hosted by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Salisbury Chapter and featured in an interview in “Huami” Magazine in Greensboro, NC.
 We are so delighted to have Delores as our guest, she is a wonderful talent and a wonderful person. Come help us celebrate Black History Month enjoying this event and come early to tour the museum. 
*Regular admission charge.

Elijah D. Belton - February 11, 2017
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Mr. Elijah Belton was born in Raleigh, North Carolina and reared in Charlotte, North Carolina.  He studied art at East Mecklenburg High School where he was awarded the Most Outstanding Student in the Arts recognition. 
He then went on to attend Barber Scotia College.  During his tenure there, he was award the Presidential Award for his contribution to the arts.  He graduated from Barber Scotia College in 1981.  It was then that he continued to pursue his love for art by displaying his work at the Looking Glass Art Gallery in Salisbury, NC.  He went on to work for five years at the Looking Glass as the Curator first, ultimately serving as the Board’s Vice President.  His work has been displayed at various local galleries, churches, and organizations.   *Regular Admission Charge

Jan McCanless is a Rowan county person, retired high school English teacher, who turned her penchant for humor, to writing. Her latest book, Murder for the Profit concerns a cult that has taken up residence in her fictional coastal NC town of Beryl’s Cove, and the havoc they wreak among the citizens.  When dead bodies start to show up, mayhem ensues. 

 Jan’s books are loaded with humor, quirky characters and funny situations. She refers to her mysteries as her "happy murders".  A cross between Mayberry RFD, and Murder, She wrote, her Beryl's Cove Mystery series is an entertaining, and exciting read.  

 A freelance newspaper columnist and magazine story writer, Jan won the 2013 Mother Vine Award for short stories for her fist compilations of humorous columns. 
With 13 books, a how to writing manual, and 2 compilations, Jan stays busy writing most days. Married to the same man her entire life, she is the mother of 3 adult children, and 9 grands, who wisely consider her to be 'awesome'. Check out her website, www.janmacbooks.com for more about her books, and for speaking engagements, she can be reached at janmccanless@aol.com   She is listed in Who's Who as a 'premier Southern Humorist," and was interviewed in the September 2016 issue of Southern Writers Magazine.
*Regular Admission Charge

March 4, 2017 –Dicy McCullough2:00PM - 4:00PM
Author of many children’s books will be reading and signing books from 2:00pm to 4:00pm  Dicy McCullough is a retired music teacher who has found life after teaching through writing children’s books.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Education from Garner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, NC, and a Master of Education from University of NC- Charlotte.  In 2011 she was inducted into the Gallery of Distinguished Alumni at Gardner-Webb University. 

March 11, Happy Birthday Barbie

We will be paying tribute the Barbie with a presentation at 2:00pm  regarding the history of Barbie and her amazing part of our culture! 

Movies will be played throughout the day and a Special Exhibit is planned!

March 2017 – African American Fashion Show – time to be announced.

March 24 & 25 - Antiques Appraisal Fair (Roadshow Style)
10:00 am - 4:00 pm  

Antiques dealer Michael Hansen will take a look at your items and will offer  advice and information regarding a broad spectrum of general merchandise including toys. Bring in your family heirlooms and yard sale bargains to find out the fascinating truths about these finds!  
Cost is 5.00 per items
Limit 2 items per person

March 25 - Randell Jones  2:00PM - 4:00PM
Author and storyteller. He is the author of In the Footsteps of Daniel Boone, winner of the 2006 Willie Parker Peace History Book Award, and the author of In the Footsteps of Davy Crockett. He produced On the Trail of Daniel Boone, the companion DVD. It received a 2006 Paul Green Multimedia Award from the NC Society of Historians. With his then-teenage daughter, he co-edited in 2004 Scoundrels, Rogues and Heroes of the Old North State by Dr. HG Jones (no relation). A second edition was released in 2007. 

April 1 - Lisa Williams Kline, author of eight novels for young people, including Eleanor Hill, winner of the North Carolina Juvenile Literature Award, Princesses of Atlantis, Write Before Your Eyes, and the 5-book Sisters in All Seasons series. A graduate of Duke University, she has a Masters' from UNC-Chapel Hill in Radio, Television and Motion Pictures and an MFA from Queens University. She lives in North Carolina.  2:00pm to 4:00pm

April 28, 2017 - Ministers Social Event, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  All Ministers welcome!

May 20 – Michael Eury
2:00PM - 4:00PM
Black superheroes like Luke Cage and Cyborg may be popular today in graphic novels and Hollywood adaptations, but little-known trailblazers like Ace Harlem and Lion Man helped pave their road to stardom during the era of segregation. Join local author and comics historian Michael Eury for the presentation “African-American Superheroes: The First Black Heroes of Comic Books and Comic Media,” an all-ages, trivia-filled journey through an important era of American and pop-culture history.

July 28, 2017 - Ministers Social Event, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  All Ministers welcome!

Night at the Museum III

Times- TBD

Come and experience a night of fun for adults and children. The second annual  “Night at the Museums” event hosted by Rowan Museum and the Spencer Doll and Toy Museum is sure to be a giant success again.  
The museums plan to put on quite a show which will include a trolley ride, a tour of both museums, meeting a variety of interactive charters and a buffet dinner.
Last year, all three shows sold out in advance so get your tickets early!
Show Times
6:00 pm

* Tickets can be purchased at the Rowan Museum at 202 North Main Street Salisbury, NC. For more information you may contact the museum at 704-633-5946. 

September 29, 2017 - Ministers Social Event, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  All Ministers welcome!

Michael with lamps
Antiques Appraisal Fair (RoadshowStyle)
November 17 & 18
10:00 am - 4:00 pm  

Antiques dealer Michael Hansen will take a look at your items and will offer  advice and information regarding a broad spectrum of general merchandise including toys. Bring in your family heirlooms and yard sale bargains to find out the fascinating truths about these finds!  
Cost is 5.00 per items
Limit 2 items per person

Tea with Mrs. Clause
December 16th

Mrs. Claus will pay a special visit to the Spencer Doll and Toy Museum on Sunday, December 11th, from 2pm-4pm. Join us for Tea and Cookies and more! 
The cost to attend is $28 for 1 Adult and 1 Child pair, $13 for each additional child or $15 for an additional adult. 

Registration includes:
Door Prizes * Tea, Punch, Cookies, Snacks * Helpers * Museum Tour * The Great Santa Search * A Special Christmas Story 

Mrs. Claus has agreed to pose for pictures, so don't forget to bring your camera. 
This event is sponsored by the Rowan Doll Society and UFDC. All proceeds to benefit the Spencer Doll and Toy Museum.

Rowan Doll Society for Jr. Doll Collectors Meeting --TBD
Join the Rowan Doll Society for a Jr. Collectors Meeting at the Spencer Doll and Toy Museum. 

The fun and casual get together will be hosted from 2pm-4pm and will include story time, a short program on American Girl, refreshments, and door prizes. One lucky attendee will receive an 18 inch American Girl doll.
The Rowan Doll Society would like to encourage education and collecting for young children.

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