More developments in doll museum trust fund case

From the Associated Press this morning:

SD court dismisses doll museum appeal

PIERRE — The South Dakota Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal involving a $200,000 trust fund left over from the closing of the Enchanted World Doll Museum in Mitchell.

The high court says an appeal by the museum’s nonprofit board must be thrown out because the museum did not give notice of its appeal to another charitable foundation involved in the case.

The trust fund was set up to support the Enchanted World Doll Museum by Eunice Thomas Reese, who has since died.

After the museum announced it would close, the manager of the trust fund asked a judge to give the money to another charity. A judge earlier this year ruled it should be handed over to the Mitchell Area Charitable Foundation to support a doll museum.

This case has gotten complicated, but I interpret this latest development to mean that the issue remains unchanged from the last time we heard about it. That was back in February, when a judge said the trust fund should be handed over to the Mitchell Area Charitable Foundation with the stipulation that the money must be used "for the purpose of establishing and operating a museum for the display of dolls having historical, artistic or other value." (Click here for that story from February.)

I’m not sure how the judge’s order can be carried out, other than to start another doll museum in Mitchell or to give money for a doll display at the Carnegie Resource Center or Dakota Discovery Museum.

3 thoughts on “More developments in doll museum trust fund case

  1. Who are the members of the Enchanted World Doll Museum Board of Directors? I think the most important issue is that the money be designated for the purpose intended by Eunice Thomas Reese and not distributed at the discretion of the Mitchell Area Charitable Foundation for other projects. I think Judge Foley got it right when he added that “twist.”

  2. one of the receipients- the Mitchell area food pantry and the Salvation Army Christmas food basket program- look like it is doing the community some good to me-let the board runs its affairs we need not judge them

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