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New exhibit brings old toys, paper dolls and more to Long Island

New exhibit brings old toys, paper dolls and more to Long Island
Some people can’t wait for the latest, greatest toys to hit the market. For others, a look back at the playthings of yesteryear can be just as much fun. "It’s kind of neat seeing the variety of differ

"It’s kind of neat seeing the variety of different types of toys that kids played with back in the day," says Terry Maccarrone, who was at the recent opening reception of "Inventing Childhood: Victorian Era Toys, Games, and Dolls, and the Invention of the Modern Child" at Suffolk County Historical Society Museum.When we consider the notion of a carefree childhood, we’re really looking at a rather modern concept: Prior to the Victorian era, childhood as we know it was practically nonexistent.With the Victorian era (1837-1901) came a shift in mindset that children should be allowed to be children for a longer, extended period of time.INVENTING CHILDHOOD; Victorian Era Toys, Games, and Dolls, and the Invention of the Modern Child WHERE: Suffolk County Historical Society Museum, 300 W.

"As soon as children outgrew the infancy and toddler ages, they were kind of viewed as imperfect adults who needed to be taught skills for the rest of their lives," explains Victoria Berger, executive director of Suffolk County Historical Society Museum.They reminded me of my childhood," says Weingarten.

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