Historical Character

Name: Margaret Woodbury Strongmar_2.jpg

Age: 49

Gender: Female

Race/Ethnicity: American

Profession: Collector/Philanthropist

Location: Rochester, NY

Personal Traits. Skills, Abilities and Characteristics:
passionate about dolls, loved traveling and photography, athletic (golf & bowling)

Biography (ca. 1921):
Margaret Woodbury Strong was born into a pretty wealthy family. She was inspired by her parents who were both collectors to become a collector herself. As a kid, she spent a lot of time traveling with her family where they went to visit various types of museums. In one of the trips, she found her love for dolls as a child. She was also an competitive bowler and golfer.

When she was 23, she married Homer Strong who was 43 at the time. They had one girl together, Barbara. She was very similar to her mother, but unfortunate died due to health issues at a very young age. Margaret also lost her husband early also, only after 12 years of their marriage. After his death, she become more involved in collecting.

Margaret collected around 27,000 dolls by the 1960s. She wanted to do something about her collection, and created a museum for it. They started to become popular and she started to get a reputation for them. She recreated her home to be a museum, and people all over the world came and wrote down their impressions. She died at age 72 before she could expand the "Margaret Woodbury Strong Museum of Fascination".

Citation:
http://www.museumofplay.org/about/history/margaret-woodbury-strong