American Girl dolls inducted into National Toy Hall of Fame

American Girl dolls, originating in Madison, were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in recognition of their exploration of the country’s social and cultural history, according to a Wisconsin State Journal report. Educator Pleasant Rowland founded the doll company in 1986 in Madison and later moved the company to Middleton. The company was sold to Mattel in 1998 for $70 million.