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By Betty Vanderwielen

The National Toy Hall of Fame highlights staying power


December 10, 2020

Photo courtesy of The Strong, Rochester, New York.

The 2020 inductees to the National Toy Hall of Fame: Jenga, Baby Nancy and sidewalk chalk.

COVID-19 has cast its increasingly large shadow over Christmas. In many homes one or both parents are out of work and finances are crushingly tight. Yet children are still hoping for a mound of presents under the Christmas tree. Perhaps struggling parents can gain some insight from the National Toy Hall of Fame.

Originally housed in Salem, Oregon and later moved to the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, New York (now simply called The Strong), the Toy Hall of Fame began honoring toys in 1998-99. To make up for lost time apparently, they inducted 17 at their inaugural event, thoug...

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