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American Girl History Exhibit

What was life like in Arlington in the 1850s? Or the 1940s?

In 2014, the Center for Local History created an exhibit highlighting the history behind our American Girl Dolls:

See more photos of the exhibit on flickr.

The Exhibit Included Historic Slideshows about the 1850s, 1940s and 1970s

  • Learn about Arlington back in the 1850s, when Marie-Grace and Cécile were growing up in New Orleans…
  • Find out what life was like in Arlington during World War II, in Molly’s time…
  • Arlington is pretty far from San Francisco, but when Julie was growing up in the 1970s, things were changing for women all across the country!


Marie-Grace and Cécile – 1850s


Molly – 1940s


Julie – 1970s


Learn more about the American Girl Lending Program.