BENNINGTON -- The Dollhouse and Toy Museum of Vermont, located at 212 Union Street in Bennington, will be exhibiting the dollhouse and miniature work/collection of Darlene Bombard and Family on Friday October 12 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday October 13 & 14 from 12 to 4 p.m. with proceeds benefiting the Bennington Early
Childhood Center. Admission to the museum is $2 for children three and older, $4 for adults and $10 for families.
Darlene Bombard, a long time teacher and director of Early Childhood Programs in the Bennington area has a life long appreciation for miniatures and for the past several years has enjoyed creating, building, and collecting tiny items to furnish her and her family’s several miniature houses.
Having a house to work on began 35 years ago when her husband gifted her with a dollhouse kit after noticing her interest while he was purchasing model railroad supplies. Work on the house stalled as her children arrived and grew up with the exception of working on two other houses, one for each daughter, then work resumed as the children eventually moved out.
The collection on display will include Darlene’s farmhouse set in the 1940’s loosely based on stories and memories of the houses that her parents grew up in. Also on display will be her daughter Carolyn’s Victorian dollhouse that was a family winter project built when Carolyn was 11 years old and one of her favorite childhood memories.
Even now an item will occasionally show up in the mail to be added to the house until the house can be moved to her daughter’s home in Ohio. Darlene’s husband Jeff’s Adirondack hunting cabin will also be displayed, as will his Victorian Dining Room Box. Darlene’s Vermont scene created for Palette Fest, a Fairy House, and a clothing shop, which is a work in progress, will also be displayed.
The Bennington Early Childhood Center, the recipient of the proceeds of the entrance fees, was formerly located on the Bennington College Campus for 75 years, and is now located on Harwood Hill after becoming an independent early childhood care and education center in 2009.
Darlene currently teaches and co-directs the program. The Dollhouse and Toy Museum of Vermont, in addition to special exhibits such as this, has a permanent collection that consists of many fully-furnished dollhouses; a large collection of vintage dolls, including Madam Alexander international dolls; and also vintage toys for boys including trains, trucks, planes and toy soldiers.