Summer classes for your daughter and her American Girl Doll

Jannel Vonderhaar is the teaching the Elizabeth Newcomb-Stillwell classes at the Quincy Museum this summer. She's taught the class for more than 15 years.

"I can do so many things, I guess," Jannel Vonderhaar said. "I not only bake and cook, I sew."

Jannel Vonderhaar learned all those skills at a very young age from her local 4H organization. Now she wants your little girl to have the same experience.

"There's a need out there for the girls to learn how to measure and how to cut because, with parents working, sometimes they don't have time to do these skills with their children," Vonderhaar said.

Vonderhaar is teaching the Elizabeth Newcomb-Stillwell classes at the Quincy Museum this summer.

"Each week is a different doll, a different class, a different time period, completely different crafts, and completely different recipes," The Quincy Museum's Executive Director Barbara Wilkinson-Fletcher said. (Get an inside look to what crafts and project the girls will work on, here.)

These classes aren't based on just any doll.

"They're based off the American Girl Dolls," Vonderhaar said.

"The American Girl series of dolls and books is a great way to introduce young ladies to history in way they can relate to," Wilkinson-Fletcher said.

Vonderhaar hopes the girls also will relate to each other.

"It teaches them how to get along," Vonderhaar said. "Some come as friends and some leave as friends, they meet new friends."

"If they're not involved with 4H or Girls Scouts or some of those things, they, a lot of times, don't have a lot of experience working in group situations with other young ladies and it's just a wonderful awakening to the wider world out there," Wilkinson-Fletcher said.

Vonderhaar believes the most important thing the girls can take away from her class is ...

"... That they just have a great time," Vonderhaar said.