Henry Ford Museum to open Christmas exhibit this fall, featuring 7,000 ornaments

New permanent exhibit to feature nearly 7,000 Christmas ornaments


DEARBORN, Mich. – The Henry Ford Museum is planning to open a permanent holiday exhibit this fall.

The new exhibit, Miniature Moments - a Journey Through Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments, will open on November 20, with the most comprehensive collection of Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments ever assembled. There will be nearly 7,000 ornaments dating from 1973 to 2009 that highlight holiday celebrations, pop-culture moments, and special milestones.

Museum members will receive a special preview on November 19.

The Henry Ford acquired this collection in 2019 from Indiana Hallmark retailer, The Party Shop. A family-owned Hallmark Gold Crown Store, located in Warsaw, Indiana.

The collection was started in 1878 by Norm and Dorothy Snyder. The Party Shop was also home to the Hallmark Ornament Museum and for many Hallmark Keepsake Ornament collectors, the store was a destination.

When the owners decided to retire, The Henry Ford was contacted to acquire the collection.

Hallmark first introduced Keepsake Ornaments in 1973 with a line of 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 ornaments are offered from July to December every year. The company sparked a phenomenon in ornament collecting through the creation of a collectors’ club, which now includes more than 500 active local chapters across the US and Canada.

Hallmark revolutionized Christmas decorating through the development of an increasing variety of ornaments geared to a wide range of distinctly different customer bases. Many customers view the ornaments as more than just a holiday decoration, but a chance to relive special memories, and remember people, and events.

The exhibit Miniature Moments is included with admission to Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation and is free for members.

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