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“Marble Lady” is coming to Tama County Museum on June 1

May 29, 2011
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald
TAMA NEWS-HERALD - Playing marbles? If that brings back old memories, or if you are too young and just want to find out more about this simple game, then you are invited to the next meeting of the Tama County Historical and Genealogical Society at 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 1, at the museum in Toledo.

Cathy Runyan-Svacina, a world-renowned marble collector and authority on the subject, will be here from Kansas City to interest and entertain us.

Cathy is no stranger to this area as she is the daughter-in-law of the late Mark and Delight Svacina of Tama. Do come and meet Cathy, and join us for a fun evening of learning about the history of marbles, along with their fascinating stories.

“The Marble Lady”, as she is called, grew up playing marbles in California and was fascinated by their different colors and designs. “Marbles are all different. That makes them beautiful. If they were all alike we wouldn’t need more than one.”

Her interest in collecting marbles led her to meet her future husband, Larry Svacina, and they now have one of the biggest marble collections in the world.

The collection includes every type of marble (both commercially-madeand homemade), and features Benningtons, sulphides, and swirls, amongst others.

They also have a collection of related memorabilia like postcards, pottery, and jewelry.

Cathy Runyun-Svacina has authored a book: Knuckles Down! A Fun Guide to Marble Play. She figures she has taught a million people to play marbles.

“It’s a wonderful way to bring people together.” In fact, there were 569 players at the “Spinach and Trails Festival” 1998 marble tournament in Lenexa, Kan., which set a Guiness world record.

Cathy Runyan-Svacina gives presentations to all kinds of clubs and organizations at city, state, national, and even international levels. She has refereed at Marble Championship Tournaments, and does appraisals. She has been featured in many newspaper and magazine articles, and has also appeared on one of the morning television shows.

You can find out more about her and her interest in marbles on her website:

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Cathy Runyan-Svacina, a world-renowned marble collector and authority on the subject, will be here June 1 for a presentation at the Tama County Historical Society Museum in Toledo.

Fact Box

What:”The Marble Lady”
When:Wed., June 1, 7 p.m.
Where:Tama Co. Museum, 200 N. Broadway, Toledo



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