Cripple Creek Museum to display Victorian dolls, furniture

The Cripple Creek District Museum is going gaga for Victorian-era dolls and toys.

The museum will open its Victorian children’s room on April 28.

The new room, in the second floor apartment of the Trading & Transfer Co. building, features an 1891 bedroom set, doll collection and other items that tell the story of the young people who lived in the Cripple Creek District.

“We have never had a bedroom display in this building,” said Jan Collins, museum director. “So, it will be nice that our Victorians will now have a place to sleep.”

The bedroom suite, donated by Judy and Joe Rusk of Lafayette, was made by the C.B. Osborn Company in Iowa. The items were shipped to Cripple Creek in 1891 and used by Fenton and Elizabeth Bruington until Elizabeth’s death in 1948.

The children’s exhibit also includes a collection of antique dolls, clothing, toys and books from the district, a baby crib and a large-scale church/dollhouse recently restored by museum docent Nancy McDonald.

The museum opened in 1953, and since then millions of people have visited.

To celebrate the new children’s room, three local children’s authors — Lyn Bezek author of “Daisy the Cripple Creek Donkey” and “Ribbon the Border Collie;” Sue Luxa author of “One Golden Summer” under Western Reflections Publishing’s Children of Colorado series; and Paula Gentry, author of “Paula the Koala” — will be at the opening to sign books between noon and 3 p.m.