It all began with a simple Christmas shopping excursion to Battlefield Mall in Springfield, MO.
Joan Fernandez and her daughter were busy with their seasonal shopping at the mall when Joan spotted a kiosk across the way selling dolls. Upon closer inspection, she spied nun dolls in the selection. She ended up purchasing two dolls and from that point she was hooked and began searching in earnest for dolls to add to her collection. She has even enlisted the help of friends and family to keep a lookout for additional nun dolls.
Joan had attended Catholic school from kindergarten through 12th grade and has always had a fascination with nuns in their original habits. Items in her collection have come from many different sources such as eBay, a company call Blessings, which is no longer in business and even flea markets and all kinds of gift shops. To add to her Christmas Village display, Joan was able to locate small figurines of nuns standing in front of a church. An extra special addition was a nun doll named Sister Mary McGuire, which she found at McGuire’s Grill and Pub in Pensacola, Florida.
Joan admits that her shopping has slowed down and she has become pickier about those items she brings home. However, one particular item she would love to call her own, is a pair of the ceramic salt and pepper shakers popular in the 50’s and 60’s. In this set, the salt shaker nun has a white veil and the pepper shaker nun wears a black veil. Joan admits she is still having fun looking for those special ones to add to her collection.
This unique collection can be found in the display case located in Henry County Library gallery during regular business hours.