Why We Love Our Toys (And Games)

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The creator of the first doll made commercially in the U.S. was based in Springfield, Vermont. And there are still a number of toymakers in Vermont today. Shelburne Museum Senior Curator Jean Burks looks back at toys, dolls and games and how they came to be so closely associated with the holidays. We also learn about some popular toys and games for this holiday season.

Here is a list of some current Vermont toy makers:

WowToyz, Vergennes; Vermont Teddy Bear Company, Shelburne; Michael’s Toys, Rutland: 
Vermont Wooden Toys, Norwich;
Nova Natural Toys, Williston; Maple Landmark Woodcraft Toys, Middlebury;
Peace Toys, Essex Junction; 
Rich Frog, Winooski; Mad River Rocket Sled Company, Warren; Hammer Head Sleds, Essex Junction.

Also, with the first round of data from the 2010 census just released, Will Sawyer, Manager of the Vermont State Data Center at the Center for Rural Studies, looks at the numbers and lets us know what Vermont’s results tell us.

Plus we hear from an Enosburg Falls band called Farm who makes music in the Cave of Legends.

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