Park City Museum’s new ornament celebrates the holiday season
For more than two decades, the Park City Museum has celebrated the season and Park City’s history with an official holiday ornament.
And the design isn’t just some random yuletide wreath or tree. The three-dimensional brass ornament depicts an object or scene from Park City’s history, said Sandra Morrison, executive director of the Park City Museum.
“One year we did the vintage fire truck. Another year we did the Park City Mountain Resort gondola and we also did the Skier Subway,” Morrison told The Park Record. “This year, of course, the most popular things in Park City are moose and the Park City Museum on Main Street.”
Local artist Jan Massimino designed the 2018 ornaments, which are available for purchase at the Park City Museum.
“She’s been designing them for us for more than 10 years now,” Morrison said. “She always comes up with something unique and interesting, and the ideas come mostly from what she’s interested in drawing.”
Last year’s ornament was of the California Comstock Mill, located at Park City Mountain.
“The Park City Historical Society was in the middle of stabilizing the structure and Jan got interested in it,” Morrison said. “So that’s what she did.”
The Park City Museum started creating ornaments back in the mid-1980s, when Lynn Anderson, the chair of the board of trustees at the time, came up with the idea.
“She worked with artist Marianne Cone, who later became the museum’s executive director, to create the first ornament,” Morrison said. “It was a hand-painted wooden ornament, and sadly we don’t have one in our collection to date.”
Luckily, Morrison said, Anderson’s son visited the museum a few days ago and said he may have one.
“So I told him to leave it to the museum in his will,” Morrison said.
Cone created the ornament for a number of years before she retired in 1996.
That’s when Judy Taylor, another local artist, started to make the ornaments, Morrison said.
Taylor passed away in 2006 and Massimino stepped in to fill her shoes.
“It was then Jan said she would design the ornaments for us,” Morrison said. “They turn out differently every year, but they are always fabulous.”
Massimino began working on the project in June.
“We work with her and get the drawings to the company that makes the ornaments,” Morrison said. “Then they have to figure out how to turn her drawings into a three-dimensional brass ornament.”
The company that makes the ornaments is Rhode Island-based Beacon Designs, which also makes the official White House ornaments.
“It’s the same company who has been doing this with us for years,” Morrison said. “They used to be called ChemArt, but they got bought out this year.”Beacon sends an ornament design back to the museum and each makes subtle changes to improve the look, according to Morrison.
“Once that is finished, it goes to production and then shipped to us,” she said.
The ornament is currently available for purchase at the Park City Museum.
All the proceeds will support the nonprofit, especially its education program, Morrison said.
“Last year we had 2,000 students come visit on free field trips,” she said. “We even get classes from Evanston, Wyoming, and well as Provo, Ogden and all of the Park City area.”
Some of the money goes to bus stipends for schools that have difficultyscheduling and paying for transportation to Park City.
“We don’t want that to prohibit kids from coming and learning about Park City history,” Morrison said.
The new Park City Museum holiday ornament is available now. For information, visit http://www.parkcityhistory.org.
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