PATTY REED’S DOLL
The Story of the Donner Party
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The story of the Donner Party as seen through the painted eyes of Dolly, the tiny wooden doll eight-year-old Patty Reed keeps hidden in her dress.
Stored in Dolly’s head are vivid memories of their fateful journey, from the days on the prairie that were like “one long picnic,” to the bleak winter months snowbound in the mountains. A realistic picture of the lives of pioneer children, this gentler version of an often sensationalized tale is based on primary source documents and reminiscences of Donner Party survivors, Patty among them. Dolly is now on display at Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park.
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