Dolls Offer a Lesson in History

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Fifth-grade girls at South Bay learned about growing up in the 1700s during an American Girl doll-themed after-school special program on May 6.

Facilitated by South Bay school psychologist Laure Loughlin, the event began with a movie about a young girl, Felicity, growing up in the 1700s, when the movement toward breaking away from British rule was growing. The students learned about loyalty, independence and the taxes on tea.

They also enjoyed a tea party and spoke about the clothing styles during this time period, which Ms. Loughlin learned from a historian at an American Girl event in New York City. The fifth-graders were also able to see period carriages, beds, nightstands and accessories, as well as a dining table and different tea sets.