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New Mary Hartline Exhibit Opens In Local Historical Society Room

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Posted: Monday, November 14, 2011 12:00 am

An Atlanta, GA, woman has turned her private collection into a display that will honor one of Hillsboro's biggest celebrities.

Polley Cress Lawrence, a native of Hillsboro, dedicated her display in honor of Super Circus star Mary Hartline Donahue Saturday morning in the Historical Society room at Books & Moore on Courthouse Square.

The display features Mary Hartline dolls, cutouts, and other memorabilia, along with dozens of photos spanning the star's life from childhood through retirement.

"I remember the 1951 Old Settlers parade, sitting on father's shoulders to view the Super Circus float with Mary Hartline and the band," Mrs. Lawrence said. "On Sunday afternoons I watched Super Circus with my Mary Hartline doll sitting beside me."

She first became acquainted with the Historical Society of Montgomery County when she used to bid against former member Jim May for historical postcards in online auctions.

She met May in Hillsboro in 2009, and he showed her the historical society's display room at the book store.

"This is the perfect opportunity to give my doll a new home, and this is the right place, from Hillsboro back to Hillsboro," she said, thanking everyone who provided assistance, including historical society president Janet Carlisle and Jeff Dunn, who provided two digital displays that showed episodes of Super Circus.

"I'm very humbled about the whole thing, and I'm very grateful," Mrs. Donahue said in opening the doors to reveal the exhibit.

Mrs. Donahue autographed copies of a program that reproduced a newspaper story written by Lyn Lingle in 1994, and other memorabilia that well-wishers brought to the event.

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