As the collection has grown, the Perron's have become obsessed with not only preserving this unique art form, but also in preserving the timeless experience of a carousel ride. Starting with the restoration and operation of a 1914 carousel in Portland, Oregon in 1978, they have restored and placed into operation seven antique carousels at various locations around America. They have not done this work alone. A small army of loyal friends and volunteers have provided thousands of hours of work in this labor of love for carousels. The Perron's two sons, Brad and Carl, have both been instrumental in the effort as well.
The IMCA is very fortunate to have a major portion of the Perron Family Collection on permanent loan. We now have more than 110 carved animals on display as well as an operational Wurlitzer band organ, chariots, carving exhibits and many other artifacts from the golden age of carousels. Included in the museum are exhibits on European animals, the major American carvers, armored horses, and the restoration process.
It is the dream of the Perron's and their many supporters that the IMCA will become much more than the finest museum of carousel art in the world. They hope the IMCA will:
If you ask the Perron's "why carousels?", they would tell you how the carvers put magic into each carousel animal. A little of that magic is shared with each person who admires them and each child, of any age, who rides on them.
If you believe in the magic of carousels and would like to help keep it alive, we could use your help. Please consider becoming an IMCA member or volunteer. With the help of people like you, we are making a difference.
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