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    A donation of 160+ "Japanese Welcoming Cats", plus the loan of additional figurines and related items, results in one of the nation's largest public displays of Maneki Neko and assorted memorabilia.

    On February 1, 2012, the CFA Foundation's Feline Historical Museum opened the doors on its initial Special Collection Exhibit -- featuring the appealing and ever-popular Maneki Neko.

    The Maneki Neko on display range in size from miniscule to almost two feet in height and are in a number of mediums, colors, decorations, and expressions. All will sport their trademark - the well-known raised paw, whether it be left or right.

    What are the meanings of the various colors of Maneki Neko? What is their history? What does the Raised Paw mean? Visit the Maneki Neko Special Collection and learn the answers!

    Watch this Animal Planet video to learn about the legend of the Maneki Neko.


    The original 8' x 12' bank vault has proven to be a fascination to visitors at the museum. It is also an ideal location to present our cat doll collection. The Feline Historical Museum is the home to a number of unique dolls, from collectors such as Glenna Moore and the estate of Wilton E. Wheeldon and Gladys J. Wheeldon.

    Many are original artist proofs of dolls that were later put into production by companies such as Goebel. The dolls are all dressed in a variety of period costumes in velvet, silk, knits, brocade, etc.

    The 28" doll shown in our poster is an antique French puppet. The blue point Siamese head is particularly life-like. The clothing is a reproduction of the original outfit, which had deteriorated beyond repair. That fancy hat, however, is original!

    Dolls representing Cinderella, Kings, Queens, Native Amercan Indians, and even Xanadu, await your visit!


    Pat Ruzga has generously begun donating her collection of Siamese figurines to the museum. Pat owns an impressive collection of Siamese-related items, artwork and memorabilia.

    Currently, two of our display cabinets feature many of her unique Siamese figurines.


    This exhibit, held May 1-October 31, 2014, covered the evolution of the Persian breed - the origin of cats imported into Europe from Turkey and Persia (Iran), through travels into other parts of Europe and the eventual rise of breeding programs in England, and importation of Persians into North America. The exhibit room was filled with artifacts, awards, figurines, photos and historical documentation illustrating Persian breed history.

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    Incorporated as a not-for profit corporation under laws of the state of New York on June 26, 1990. The foundation has been ruled not a private foundation, and is exempt from Federal Income Tax under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Accordingly, contributions to the foundation are deductible for Federal income, gift and estate tax purposes.