Paula is a New Blue-eyed Doll given by Mr. Gulick, 3d, in 2001 to Watauchi
Elementary School to serve as a bridge for Japanese-American friendship. This
doll was given in the same spirit as the original Blue-eyed Dolls sent to
Japan by American children in 1927.
On June 16, 2001, Sharon Gulick visited Watauchi Elementary School to meet
with the students and teachers. During her visit Sharon met with the school's
sixth-grade students, who had been involved in many activities and studies
related to the Blue-eyed Dolls. She also brought a message from her father,
Sidney Gulick, 3d, "I will send to you a doll who will be a younger
sister to Mary." Mary
is the original Blue-eyed Doll that the school received in 1927, when Dr.
Sidney Gulick, Sharon's great-grandfather, coordinated a project to send over
12,000 American dolls to Japanese elementary schools and kindergartens.
Mary's sister named Paula arrived at Watauchi Elementary School on August
1, 2001, 74 years after Mary came to the school. Paula carried a message from
Mr. Gulick, 3d, and a passport that says, "Date of expiration:
Never." Paula's mother, Mr. Gulick's wife Frances, made by hand three
changes of clothing in a travel bag, also handmade specially for Paula. The
children were very impressed when they saw the handmade travel bag and