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The Henry Ford Museum Opens Permanent Hallmark Ornament Display

The Henry Ford Museum recently opened up a permanent Hallmark ornament display. The collection originally belonged to The Party Shop in Warsaw, Indiana. After being acquired by the Henry Ford, the museum displayed 110 ornaments during the 2019 holidays which included the 1991 Enterprise. Today, you can see the entire collection of thousands of Hallmark ornaments on display in Dearborn, Michigan.

“Whether you own a few or are a serious collector of Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments, the new 7,000-piece permanent collection at The Henry Ford will trigger a trip down memory lane. Miniature Moments – A Journey Through Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments,” which features a collection assembled from 1973 to 2009.” 

Hallmark ornament collection sparks memories at The Henry Ford, SUE SUCHYTA
Star Trek highlighted beginning at 9:50.
Left: A spotlight dedicated to Star Trek displaying eight ornaments (see bottom of page).
Center: 2000 Seven of Nine. Right: 1999 Worf.
Photo by SUE SUCHYTA
Left to right: 2007 Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, 2006 40th Anniversary Enterprise, 2006 Transporter, 2005 Enterprise A.
Photo by SUE SUCHYTA
Above: 2009 Klingon Battle Cruiser.
Photo by SUE SUCHYTA
Above: 2009 Starfleet Phaser.
Photo by GREG TASKER
Above: 1991 Enterprise, 1995 Captain Kirk
Photo by EDWARD PEVOS

STAR TREK

“The science-fiction classic Star Trek started as a series that aired from 1966 to 1969. But it became such a cult classic that it spun off into several later movies and TV series. Beginning with the Starship Enterprise in 1991, Star Trek ornaments have always appealed to Trekkies who eagerly await the annual release of the new ornaments.”

-Signage highlighting Star Trek at the Henry Ford Museum
Top row: 1991 Enterprise, 1995 Captain Kirk, 1996 Spock, 2008 Reliant, 1998 Janeway,
Bottom row: 2008 Trouble with Tribbles, 2004 The City on the Edge of Forever, 2002 Sisko.
Image from MLive YouTube video.

Henry Ford Museum Now Home to 6,600 Hallmark Ornaments

Starting Monday and lasting through the holidays, the Dearborn museum will be displaying 110 samples of a huge, new collection of Hallmark Keepsake ornaments acquired from a Hallmark retailer in the Midwest.

There are 6,600 ornaments altogether. And next year, the Henry Ford Museum wants to begin showing all of them on a seasonal basis.

6,600 Hallmark ornaments just arrived at Henry Ford Museum: When you can see them

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“Our intention is to display all of them,” said Kate Morland, Exhibits Manager at The Henry Ford. “We’re still coming up with what the best display methods would be with this volume.”

One of the largest Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments collections is now in Michigan

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You can read more about the previous Hallmark Ornament Museum in Warsaw, IN.

Hallmark Ornament Museum in Warsaw, IN

UPDATE: 02.21.19

“We love being in this community for years and years and years, but we made the tough decision that it’s time to retire,” said David Hamrick, curator of the Hallmark Keepsake Ornament Museum.

Retirement means that The Party Shop at 3418 Lake City Highway in Warsaw will close in three to four weeks. The Party Shop has housed the ornament museum since 1996.

“So, right now, we’ve actually had two different national museums that have contacted us inquiring about possibly acquiring the collection,” Hamrick said. “Yeah, honestly, I don’t see it staying here in Kosciusko County, but stranger things have happened, I guess.”

The challenge now is to keep the collection intact, keep it available to the public after the store closes and keep the memories flowing.

The Party Shop
3418 Lake City Hwy.
Warsaw, IN 46580
574-267-8787

Open 7 Days a Week!
Mon-Sat: 9:30AM-8:00PM
Sun: Noon-5PM

“This priceless collection is on display in over 30 oak cabins with glass fronts. It’s helpful to see the ornaments in a price guide, but when you can actually see every ornament made in person it is amazing. One of the first things you’ll see when you start with the early years 1973-1979 is that the vast majority of the ornaments are glass balls and the amount of designs offered was minimal. Over the last couple of years there have been over 300 designs per year.

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The Party Shop does NOT sell any of the ornaments within the Museum. We do have another room full of other Back Issue Hallmark Ornaments in stock from present to 1973. We also have a variety of other Hallmark collectibles, from Merry Miniatures, Miniature Ornaments, puzzles & more. If we do not have an ornament you are looking for, we will try to find it for you. We buy sell & trade Ornaments with collectors all over the world. We have shipped Ornaments to Australia, Japan, Europe & beyond. There are people who enjoy collecting & hunting for the Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments all year. If you are looking for a fun trip for your family, church group or bus group contact me to arrange a tour. We are easy to find located on US 30 in Warsaw, IN. We are in Northern Indiana between Ft. Wayne & South Bend.”

More info here.