Three Collections – One Connection

The last few years have seen many of the great doll museums close. On March 29th and 30th, Theriault’s will be holding an auction in Naples, Florida dedicated to the Puppenmuseum Stein am Rhein. Although the museum closed its doors to the public fifteen years ago, the collection remained intact. Like many doll museums it housed a personal collection, in this case of Frau Steiner. Also like many of the great doll museums that have been lost, it closed because there was simply no one willing or able to continue its operation.

Julie and Gordon Blewis are recent additions to the Naples community. Julie’s legendary collection is now in their home in Naples. Janet Gula, Director of Research and Archival Library Services for the United Federation of Doll Clubs (UFDC), made a casual comment to Julie one day about the need for new cases at UFDC’s museum in Kansas City, MO. Julie immediately came up with a great idea. Why not hold a fundraiser for the museum at her home? She contacted Florence Theriault to see if Theriault’s would be willing to provide a shuttle for auction attendees from the Waldorf Astoria to Julie’s home. Theriault’s enthusiastically agreed.


The Julie Blewis Doll Room

The UFDC museum is undergoing a remarkable transformation thanks to major gifts given over the past two years.  A revamped UFDC museum is planned to be unveiled during the 2015 convention.  In order to accomplish this goal, more funding is required.  


The UFDC Museum 

On Saturday, March 29th, you are invited to attend a reception at the home of Julie and Gordon Blewis and tour Julie’s doll collection and Gordon’s collection of carousel animals and cigar store Indians.  A shuttle will be provided by Theriault’s from the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Naples (following the conclusion of the auction).  The address of the Waldorf Astoria is 475 Seagate Drive, Naples, FL 34103. For those who may prefer to drive to the Blewis’ home please contact Janet Gula at  Spouses or significant others are invited to attend.  The reception will be held from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  Julie requests that no photos are taken of the collection.  Any size donations are appreciated!  Julie has pledged to match any donations up to $5,000.00!

For more information on the Theriault’s auction weekend please visit their website at

So we have three collections – that of Frau Steiner, Julie and Gordon Blewis and UFDC – all connected through one event.  Please come and enjoy the auction, visit an astounding collection and support the UFDC museum by attending the fundraiser!

For more information on the fundraising event please contact Janet Gula at or 239-234-6476.

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