Linda Holderbaum began collecting dolls in the 1960s, leaning toward ethnics because they were affordable for a young collector. Over the years the collecting expanded into clothing and accessories as well. She began writing for various doll magazines in the 1970s. She was a judge for two doll exhibitions/competitions in Michigan for over 15 years and was the chairperson of the UFDC Region 12 Conference in Battle Creek in 1989. Professionally she has worked in the museum field for 30+ years as a curator and an executive director. Many of the exhibitions she curates are cultural in nature and work closely with several ethnic groups in her community. She believes that dolls are truly a mirror of man and have much to teach us.

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