FRIENDS OF BULLOCH HOSTS
A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME LEGACY EVENT
Friends of Bulloch, Inc. proudly hosts a Once-in-a-Lifetime Legacy Event to posthumously honor Helen M. Dunham and her magnificent Faberge-like Egg Legacy. The Helen Dunham egg art can be viewed and purchased at Mittie’s Gift & Museum Shoppe adjacent to Bulloch Hall from November 15th through November the 20th.
A private Champagne Opening Reception will be held on the evening of November 14th from 5 pm until 8 pm for the first 100 people to make a reservation. Please email for reservation:
Real ostrich, emu, and goose eggs have been hand-painted, carved, sculpted and adorned with Swarovski jewels to create delicate art that emulates the Faberge Eggs made for Russian aristocracy in 1886. They can take a week to a month to create. The eggs are valued between $50 and $700 a piece. The family entrusted over 100 one-of-a-kind eggs to Mittie’s Gift & Museum Shoppe to find a cherished new home for each egg.
The Helen M. Dunham Story
Helen M. Dunham, died at 99 having spent 40 years of her life making exquisite Faberge Egg reproductions with a group of her friends most of whom have also died. Mrs. Dunham was born in Missouri and earned two college degrees, one in art and the other in dress design. She married Roy Dunham, her high school sweetheart and a World War II pilot. Roy became a mechanical engineer and the Director of Engineering Design for the Tennessee Valley Authority. They were married 70 years and had 4 amazing children: Sara Dunham (Interior Designer), Mike Dunham (Architect), Merrily Dunham McLaughlin (Owner of Merrilily Gardens), and Rick Dunham (Engineer).
During the Bush Administration the Georgia Egg Commission selected the beautiful and creative entry by Helen Dunham as the Official Georgia 2008 Easter Egg which was put on display at the White House with the other Official State Easter Eggs. The egg highlighted the State bird (Brown Thrasher), the State tree (Live Oak) and the State flower (Cherokee Rose). The White House began displaying the decorated Easter Eggs in 1994. Laura Bush sent a personal thank you note to Helen Dunham and she was invited to the White House but could not attend.
The exceptional eggs made by Helen Dunham will also be available for purchase at Mittie’s Christmas Luncheon at the Cherokee Town Club on December 6th and the Magnolia Ball on June 10, 2023. All of these events benefit the preservation of Bulloch Hall, historic home of Mittie Bulloch, mother of President Theodore Roosevelt. Bulloch Hall is on the National Register of Historic Places and a designated Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation.
Bulloch Hall is owned and operated by the City of Roswell, Recreation and Parks Department, Historic and Cultural Affairs Division with support of Friends of Bulloch, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.