Caroline Kennedy's dolls on exhibit at Truman Museum

Monday, November 20, 2006

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- Caroline Kennedy opened an exhibit of more than 70 dolls she received as gifts from foreign dignitaries while her father was president.

Kennedy, who is the daughter of President John F. Kennedy, toured the exhibit Saturday with her husband, Edwin Schlossberg, at the Truman Presidential Museum & Library in Independence, along with more than a dozen children. She also signed copies of her book "A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children."

The dolls, dressed in colorful native costumes, came from such foreign dignitaries as India's Indira Gandhi and Princess Grace of Monaco.

A 5-foot-tall red and white playhouse came from the wife of French President Charles de Gaulle. Not only Kennedy, 48, but her own children played in it.

The dolls will be on display through March 15. It's the first time that the dolls have been exhibited since the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum first displayed them three years ago.

Hundreds of people showed up for Kennedy's visit to Independence, including sixth-grader Adrienne Taylor, from Stilwell in Johnson County, Kan.

She and Kennedy chatted about their shared love of horses and riding.

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