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~ Dolores Hurtt: Biography ~


I was born on January 1, 1940 in Hamilton, Montana. My father, Walter was a contractor and my Mother, Theresa, was a housemaker and stay at home, Mom until I was 10 and she went to work at a store in town. I have an older brother, Robert, who is an accomplished professional artist and a younger brother, Bill, a musician. When I was 12, Mom started to sell cards and a few gifts in our house. This evolved into a lovely doll store, which she eventually moved to a store building in town.

Dolores and friends at "The Dollhouse"I attended public schools in Hamilton, graduating from Hamilton High school in 1958. I was married when I was 19 and we had three children. I was a "stay at home Mom" until the youngest was 7. At that time I moved with the children to Missoula. I worked at several jobs, a teachers aide, Medical worker and secretary. In 1982 I married my husband, David Hurtt and moved to Florence, where we currently reside. I worked in Hamilton until 1996, at a bio tech lab. In October of '96 we started building the current store, which I opened in December of that year. I was a satalite to my mothers store in Hamilton, operating under the same name, which I have kept. In 2002 my Mother was ill and had to leave her store. She passed away in January of 2003. After her passing we moved all of her store stock and doll collection to Florence and opened the museum, showing part of her collection and some of my own dolls.

I always loved dolls, paper dolls and had a passion for dollhouses and miniatures, so the store and museum are a perfect fit for me. I dearly love every day at the store and each evening at our home. I am surrounded by dolls and people I love at both places. Between us, My husband and I have 6 children and now 13 grandchildren and 2 great grandsons and two more babies on the way. We feel very blessed. Without my husbands love and help, I could never have had this store and he is a constant supporter.

If we can get the money to build on, we will enlarge the museum to house the many dolls that are in storage and need to be shown. Maybe this will happen in the near future, if it is meant to be. I have also received some lovely dolls from collections of friends, who wish for their dolls to remain her and be displayed with the others. They are very welcome.

During my spare time, I craft and make custom dolls clothes for special orders. There is much more to do than there is time to do it, but I love every minute of it. I hope you enjoy our store and museum and come back often.



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