Seattle-Puget Sound Hummel Club conference is in Mukilteo

Sep 12, 2018
Photo by: Louis Stagger A Declaration of Freedom Hummel figurine in front of Michael W. Smith’s “The Price of Freedom.” Hummel collectors will be meeting Sept. 21 and 22 at the Hilton Garden Inn Mukilteo at Paine Field.

The Seattle-Puget Sound Hummel Club is hosting a Conference in Mukilteo on Sept. 21 and 22 at the Hilton Garden Inn Mukilteo at Paine Field.

Hummel collectors from across the Northwest, North America and some from around the globe will gather to share information, catch up with friends, and have some fun.

As this is an international gathering, Mukilteo Mayor Jennifer Gregerson issued a proclamation declaring Sept. 22 as “M.I. Hummel Day.”

They collect the porcelain figurines started in Germany over 80 years ago.

Franz Goebel started the Hummel figurines after falling in love with Berta Hummel’s drawings of children at play. It wasn’t a simple task; Hummel had become a nun, Sister Maria Innocentia. She offered her artwork to the Siessen Convent Sisters.

Goebel was able to win permission over all the obstacles to create the now famous M.I. Hummel figurines.

After WWII, American G.I.’s brought home Hummels as a present for their loved ones and the rest is history.

There are more than a quarter million American collectors today. Some of the most prolific collectors have more than a 1,000.

There are challenges with collecting them these days as the factory has survived several downturns since the millennium and this conference is a testament to dedicated collectors.

The Convent uses their portion of royalties to help children and families in need.

If you have a single Hummel handed down from a family member or friend, you might contact the Seattle-Puget Sound Hummel Club for more information on what you have and if you find you’re interested in the club, you might join.

For anyone looking for more information, contact Kay Simpkins at 360-631-8043.

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