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What's New at The CFA Foundation?

A lot!  We've had a busy few months since our last newsletter, and it's time to bring you up-to-date on our news and additions to our Feline Historical Museum. 

CFA Centennial Scroll

In 2006, the Cat Fanciers' Association was presented with a 27-foot long scroll by the Hong Kong Cat Lovers' Society to celebrate the centennial of CFA.  The original watercolor on silk scroll, featuring 100 cats frolicking among blossoms, has been on public display only twice - at the original presentation in Hong Kong and at the CFA International Show in San Mateo, CA.  


While the original scroll remains in storage to protect the delicate silk fabric and rich watercolors, the Feline Historical Museum is delighted to have a full size photograph of the scroll on display on our mezzanine level.  The photograph of the scroll, completed with the expertise of Richard Katris and Art Graafmans, is a full color print on canvas.  This wall mounted photograph of the original scroll is an impressive sight when one first enters the museum. 

Learn more about the 100 Cat Scroll ...


We've redesigned our web site!

We've given our web site a new look, plus added a great deal of information and articles to it.  Take a look around and let us know what you think


Cat Doll Collection Now Open

The original 8' x 12' bank vault in the museum has proven to be a fascination to visitors of all ages. We've added to that fascination by making it the home of our Cat Doll Collection.

The collection of cat dolls represents a wide variety of mediums -- some with heads and paws made of hand-painted papier-mache, while others are of ceramic or even fine porcelain. The period costumes on the dolls are exquisite, with some dressed in silk and satin, while others wear velvet robes, sweaters and even suede clothing. Many are one-of-a-kind. 

"Puss 'n Boots", pictured here, has a hand painted tabby head made of papier-mache sealed with resin. The body is stuffed and jointed like a marionette. It is dressed in Victorian style gold taffeta with blue brocade jacket, tri-corner hat with a feather, and brown leather boots.  This doll, created by Katherine's Collection of Silver Lake©, was previously owned by Robert Shields of the acclaimed duo of Shields and Yarnell, who performed mime acts in Las Vegas in the 1970's. 

Read more about cat dolls  ...


Maine Coons and Ragdolls Returning in March!

Maine Coons and Ragdolls will be returning to the museum during the March break -- on these dates:
  • Tuesday, March 12
  • Wednesday, March 13
  • Thursday, March 14  

Stop by, spend some time with us, and take the opportunity to get to know these breeds personally - they love to be played with and hugged.  

The Maine Coon remains one of the most popular breeds recognized by the Cat Fanciers' Association, currently ranking third in popularity.  The Ragdoll breed is currently the fourth most popular breed in CFA.  

Our Sincere Thanks to Recent Donors!

The CFA Foundation has recently received donations of:
  • First Day Covers collection, calendar collection,1846 framed hand block print, Austrian cat figurine, advertising display boards, and posters, etc.from Marilyn Dipboye
  • Prints, book and cat collectible figurines, from Marcia Burr Hopkins
  • Chespeake CC plate and Cosey commemorative medal, from Douglas Myers
  • Himalayan photo on canvas, framed and NW/RW booklets, from Karen Lawrence
  • Fawn Abyssinian Cat Club newsletters, t-shirt, cat negatives, from Murleen Ray
  • Rosette (1956), 13 historical books, from Pat Jacobberger
  • Teapots, jam jar, glass pitcher, cat fan, from Wilma Van Scoyk
  • Artwork by Stephanie Thompson, yearbooks, from Shirley Dent
  • Documentation re CFA JA, photos, newsletters, from Willa Hawke
  • Chinese paper cuttings, from Great Wall China Cat Fanciers
  • Print of watercolor of Siamese, from Susan Perkins
  • CD of photos from 1956 CFA cat show in Japan, from Takako Kojima
  • Reprints of newspaper articles re cat show coverage, from Carol Babel
  • Christmas dolls (2), ornaments, creche and figurines, Bill Bell figurine, from Glenna Moore
  • Cat figurines, statues, collectibles, books, yearbooks, from Carol/Ed Krzanowski
  • Framed prints, NW trophies, necklace, plate, Xmas decorations,  from Beatrice Tesch
  • Julia Hunter trophy, Empire CC gavel, history of Westchester CC, from Lynn Miller
  • Framed print, Radko ornament, from Rachel Anger
  • Donations from Eve Russell, Sharon Rogers, Scott Renno, Mike Williams, Jody Garrison, Mariane Toth, Diane Castor, Razan Al Shatti
We thank them all very much for their generosity!

How to Find the Cat Museum ..

The Feline Historical Museum is located at 260 East Main Street, Alliance, OH. Driving directions are available on Google Maps.

The museum is open to the public on Tuesday - Friday from 10am to 4pm, and on Saturday from 9am to 12pm. There is no admission fee, but donations are gratefully accepted. 

Maneki Neko Exhibit in Bellevue, WA!

If you live in the Seattle, WA area, or will be visiting near that area (CFA Annual in June is only 2+ hours away), the Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue WA will have a fabulous antique Maneki Neko exhibit from February 22nd through to August 4th. I saw this exhibit when it was at San Diego's Mingei Museum ... and it is awesome. Well worth a visit!
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