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New First Ladies Of WV Collection Doll Features Joanne Tomblin

Reported: Feb. 20, 2014 4:01 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 21, 2014 1:15 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Bethany Simmons) - Joanne Jaeger Tomblin has been a college president, first lady of West Virginia and is now featured as the newest commemorative doll in the First Ladies of West Virginia doll collection.

The First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin doll was hand-sculpted by Washington, D.C.,-based artist Ping Lau and features Tomblin in her inaugural ball gown. It was unveiled during a reception Thursday.

"I have greatly enjoyed working with Ping and the Division of Culture and History to make my doll come to life, and I look forward to working with them in the future to feature our other first ladies who have not yet had dolls created for them," Joanne Tomblin said.

The first lady doll project began in 1976, when Charleston ceramic artist Edna Henderson created 28 first lady dolls for the inauguration of the Culture Center in Charleston.

The First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin Doll will remain on display in the theater on the gallery on the first floor of the Culture Center until March 31. After that time, it will be added to the permanent First Ladies of West Virginia exhibit on the south side of the second floor balcony.



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