To celebrate his big day, we have on loan a small sampling of JoAnn and Tom McDonnell's collection of Mickey Mouse objects. Tom and JoAnn are two the friendliest faces you will see at Please Touch Museum! You may know JoAnn from when you first enter the building at the admissions desk, or you may also have seen one of Tom McDonnell’s Magic Shows in the Please Touch Playhouse Theater. I had the chance to sit down with JoAnn McDonnell, Admission-Volunteer Supervisor, and she told me a little bit more about her awesome collection:
Pinky: I really love your collection of Mickey Mouse! How long have you been collecting everything "Mickey?"
JoAnn: I have been collecting since 1987, so it has been over 20 years. We now have thousands of Mickeys!
Pinky: That’s amazing! What made you want to start a collection?
JoAnn: We went to Disney with my children and really fell in love. We would buy small Mickey Mouse objects here and there then the collection grew. Friends would find out we liked Mickey Mouse and would give Mickeys to us, especially the ones related to magic because as you know Tom is a magician.
Pinky: What does your collection mean to you and your family?
JoAnn: For us it represents happy memories that we shared with family- many happy memories! It’s not just about buying Mickeys; it’s something that has to do with our family. You may see the Philadelphia sports Mickeys because our family likes the Phillies and the Flyers. Mickeys are everywhere in our house and a part of every holiday!
Pinky: I had a lot of fun seeing your part of your collection. Thanks for sharing!