DEARBORN, Mich. – The Henry Ford Museum has opened a permanent holiday exhibit featuring nearly 7,000 decorations for the holiday season.
On November 20, the new exhibition Miniature Moments – A Journey Through Hallmark Memorabilia opened, featuring the most comprehensive collection of Hallmark memorabilia ever assembled.
As you enter the exhibit, nearly 7,000 ornaments dating from 1973 to 2009 are on display, highlighting holiday celebrations, pop culture moments and special milestones.
Henry Ford purchased this collection from Indiana Hallmark retailer The Party Shop in 2019. Hallmark Gold Crown Store, family owned and operated, located in Warsaw, Indiana.
The collection was started in 1878 by Norm and Dorothy Snyder. The party store also housed the Hallmark Ornament Museum and was a destination for many Hallmark Keepsake Ornament collectors.
When the owners decided to retire, Henry Ford was contacted to acquire the collection.
Hallmark first introduced Keepsake Ornaments in 1973 with six glass ball ornaments and 12 yarn figures.
Since its inception, the company has released more than 8,500 ornaments and more than 100 ornament series. New decorations are offered every year from July to December.
The company sparked the phenomenon of ornament collecting by creating a collectors club that now includes over 500 active local chapters across the United States and Canada.
Hallmark revolutionized Christmas decorations by developing an ever-increasing variety of decorations tailored to many distinctly different customers. Many customers view decorations as more than just a holiday decoration, but an opportunity to relive special memories and reminisce about people and events.
The Miniature Moments exhibit is included with admission to the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation and is free to members.
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