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The Myth & Mystique of Doris Duke’s Pets 

July 2, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Didn’t Doris Duke have a menagerie of exotic animals? Weren’t there lions and giraffes roaming the grounds of Rough Point? Why are there camel sculptures at Rough Point?

Some off the more enduring misconceptions, rumors, and untruths surrounding Doris Duke involve the animals in her life—and at the same time, one of Doris Duke’s more endearing legacies is the stories surrounding these pets.

Join us on YouTube as we explore the connection between Doris Duke and her animals— and take a closer look at the impact they had on her lifestyle, her personality, and even the design of Rough Point’s rooms and grounds. Pets often play an important role in our own lives – they certainly did for Doris Duke… so we’re also featuring some of the pets from the NRF community!


This special virtual experience will premiere at 7:00 pm EST on Thursday, July 2 on our YouTube channel. No registration necessary. Click here to to tune in:


This video program will be available for viewing on YouTube after its completion. We hope you will consider supporting NRF’s free online educational programming by making a donation. Please click here to give today.


Photo courtesy of Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Historical Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.


July 2, 2020
7:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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