Current Special Exhibit
A Red Ryder Christmas Story
There’s always something new on Main Street—the Plymouth Historical Museum’s Main Street, that is. The Museum's special exhibit, “A Red Ryder Christmas Story” draws its inspiration from the popular 1980s movie, A Christmas Story, in which the main character, Ralphie, longs for a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. Throughout our Main Street there will be vignettes of scenes from the movie and from the original story that the movie is based on—Plymouth Historical Museum style. Red Ryder BB guns were sold by Daisy Manufacturing Company of Plymouth. Even if you’ve come to this exhibit in the past, come again because we have some new vignettes to entertain you!
Jean Shepherd was the author of a series of semi-autobiographical short stories that were used as the basis for the movie A Christmas Story. The short stories appeared originally in Playboy magazine between 1964 and 1966. One story, “Duel in the Snow, or Red Ryder nails the Cleveland Street Kid,” details the adventures of Ralphie with his beloved Red Ryder BB gun, as he was growing up in Hammond, Indiana. The stories are witty and nostalgic of the late depression era and early years of World War II.
The Museum’s exhibit seeks to recapture that nostalgic spirit by displaying period toys, clothing, and other artifacts. Visitors familiar with the movie will get a chuckle from the vignettes showing the Parker’s living room, complete with “FRA-GEE-LAY” lamp; Flick getting his tongue stuck on a metal pole; the window at Higbee’s Department Store; and other memorable moments.
Each Saturday, from November 28 until December 19, Santa Claus has promised to be present for visiting children. The Museum is open 1–4 p.m. on Saturdays, as well as Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Santa has also agreed to be available from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 5, during the Museum’s Annual Open House, Craft Show and Bake Sale.
The Plymouth Historical Museum is located at 155 S. Main Street, one block north of Kellogg Park. Please call 734-455-8940 x 0 for further inquiries or to schedule group visits.