The National Junior Doll Project officially started almost 50 years ago to help benefit the Helen Pouch Memorial Fund. This fund was authorized in 1938 to raise money for our schools. All voices sold each year benefit the Memorial Fund.
Fundraising begins right after Continental Congress and culminates when the doll is given away during the following Continental Congress.
New Mexico proudly sponsored the National Doll named after the first State DAR Regent, Miss Mary Catherine Prince. Charles Dibrell Chapter member, Betty Almquist, a tailor and her husband HODAR [Husband of DAR] John Almquist, spent almost a year researching old photos and creating the doll's wardrobe. The wardrobe was comprised of a trunk to hold it all, bed with furnishings, and her amazingly complete and detailed wardrobe.
Part of the NM State DAR contingent with the doll trunk and her detailed and extensive wardrobe.
L-R Cassandra Myers-Warner, Gi-Gi Parker, Miss Mary Catherine being held by her creator Betty Almquist, and Honorary State Regent Suzanne Heske