Birthday Party for Raggedy Ann at the Cannonball House

The Cannonball House is inviting the community to a Birthday Party for Raggedy Ann, and the cost is only $1.00 per child.  Here is the information from their facebook page

You are cordially invited to celebrate Raggedy Ann’s 100th Birthday Party at the Cannonball House on Saturday, Sept. 26th from 11am until noon. Cost is only $1 for children ages infant to 12!

We will gather in the parlors and listen to stories about Raggedy Ann! Just who was Raggedy Ann? She was a character created by American writer Johnny Gruelle (1880–1938) in a series of books he wrote and illustrated for young children.

Raggedy Ann is a rag doll with red yarn for hair and has a triangle nose. Johnny Gruelle received US Patent D47789 for his Raggedy Ann doll on September 7, 1915.

The character was created in 1915 as a doll, and was introduced to the public in the 1918 book Raggedy Ann Stories. When a doll was marketed with the book, the concept had great success. A sequel, Raggedy Andy Stories (1920), introduced the character of her brother, Raggedy Andy, dressed in sailor suit and hat.

After story time, we will have light refreshments in the dining room and make our own little Raggedy Ann.

Boys and Girls are invited to attend. Bring your favorite doll or stuffed animal with you for a little show & tell!

Why the name Millie? Millie was the seamstress to the Cannings (that lived in the Cannonball House.) She was a little older and lived out in the outdoor kitchen. She often would share stories with Cora (the cook’s) daughter while she worked. We invited you to visit the Cannonball House and celebrate a beautiful family tradition with learning about books popular during the time the family lived in the home.

The house will be close for tours until 12:30. Afterwards, families may take a tour (free for the kids, regular admission for adults.)

  • Where:  Cannonball House
  • When:  September 26th; 11:00am
  • Cost:  Free
  • Event Contact:  745-5982
  • Event facebook page