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By GWEN SISSON
â€śThey are so beautiful, you have to see them in person,â€ť said Marilyn Epperson about her collection of angels on display at the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum this month.
Epperson began her collection in 1987. The Franklin Mint dolls were part of series, but Epperson didnâ€™t realize it at the time.
She selected the first doll, which remains her favorite.
â€śI love angels and had to get one,â€ť Epperson said.
She selected the blonde angel in the white dress with gold accents and white wings. But at the time, she didnâ€™t realize it was part of a series. Every year, she received a new doll over the course of nine years.
Another favorite angel is a brunette with a purple dress and gold wings.
All of the angels are different, with a variety of hair styles, wings, halos outfits and instruments. They have cotton bodies with porcelain faces and hands.
Epperson said she used to host tea parties in her home to benefit local charities. The dolls would be on display, and she would ask people to walk around and select their favorite angel. The angel most people select as a favorite, is one of Eppersonâ€™s favorites, the white angel.
Epperson is inviting people to stop by the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum this month to see which angel would be their favorite.
â€śI just wanted to share a little Christmas cheer,â€ť Epperson said. â€śAnd this is something the museum can display for Christmas.â€ť
Epperson will be on hand to talk about her collection at a special Saturday â€śAngelsâ€ť opening at the Oktibbeha County Heritage Museum from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 18. For more information about the event, contact the museum at 323-0211.
Celebrate the holiday season with celestial inspiration.
As part of the Oktibbeha Co. Heritage Museumâ€™s rotating exhibits program, a special display of angels will be at the museum this month until the museum closes for the holidays.
Epperson is showcasing her beautiful Franklin Mint angel dolls that she began collecting in 1987.
The collection includes a Madonna and Christ Child doll and nine angel dolls, each with exquisite clothing, wings, halos, and delicate porcelain faces and hands. Many of the dolls hold musical instruments.
A Christmas tree decorated with a
angels will also be on display during December.
These angels are being provided by Friends of the Museum board members and museum board members. The museum is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1 to 4 p.m.
Saturday opening will be held on
Dec. 18 from 2 to 4 p.m.
The Heritage Museum is located at 206 Fellowship St. in Starkville. Admission is free. For more information, contact the museum at 323-0211, Joan Wilson at 323-5220, or Wanda Thorne at 323-6867.