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Carthage - Precious Moments

4105 Chapel Road


It all began more than thirty years ago, when Precious Moments® creator Sam Butcher began drawing the endearing teardrop-eye children he called "Precious Moments" as gifts for family and friends. Today, his Precious Moments artwork is among the most recognized art in the world, sharing messages of loving, caring and sharing with collectors from around the globe.

A man of deep personal faith and conviction, Sam demonstrated artistic talent at an early age and, encouraged by his mother, he pursued formal art training following his high school graduation. His dedication earned him a scholarship to the College of Arts & Crafts in Berkeley.

In the early 1970s, Sam and a friend, Bill Biel, started a small company to produce his Precious Moments art on a line of cards and posters, calling their company Jonathan & David. They took their goods to the annual Christian Booksellers Association Convention in Anaheim and their tiny booth was filled with enthusiastic retailers wanting to order the new line. The crowd became so large that neighboring vendors came over to help the two young men write orders.

Shortly thereafter, Sam was approached by Enesco Corporation to develop a three-dimensional figurine based on his artwork titled “Love One Another.” Sam was so overwhelmed when he saw the first porcelain sample that he fell to his knees and wept. It was the beginning of a phenomenon for both Sam and the gift industry.

By the end of 1978, the first twenty-one original Precious Moments figurines were introduced to the market. The response to the collection was incredible. People began to write to Sam, telling him about how the Precious Moments figurines had touched their lives in a moving and heartfelt way. In less than a year after their introduction, demand was overwhelming. The success of the Precious Moments figurines was amazing, yet Sam never lost touch with his original purpose to create art which combined his heartfelt emotions with his abiding faith.

The collection is now well over 1,500 pieces with new introductions offered each year. Members of collector's clubs continue to be found throughout the world. Even more telling, since its opening in 1989, Precious Moments Park in Carthage, Missouri has welcomed approximately 400,000 visitors every year.

In 2005, a new chapter in the Precious Moments story began, as the collection “came home” to join the rest of the Precious Moments family at Precious Moments, Incorporated. No other collection has touched as many hearts as Precious Moments, and no other group of individuals has the same love and passion for this product line as the team at Precious Moments, Inc. We are more committed than ever to expanding the success and vision of the Precious Moments legacy.


Jason P Cargill

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
We were driving to Iowa from Texas and happen to see a sign on the freeway pointing to this place. Not only have we never heard of it, we didn't know something like this existed. Well, 2 hours later, we left very impressed. It was pretty amazing, all the things they built. And it didn't cost us anything. I'm not a collector or anything of precious moments merchandise, so I didn't know what to think, but I left very impressed. It's well worth a detour to see.

Holly Norris

Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018
First of all - still amazed this place is FREE. So many opportunities these days to monetize this type of place and it's still open to the public at no cost. We visited the Precious Moments Park during the Christmas Lighting event - it was a beautiful evening, our only problem was the chapel was entirely cut-off due to a press event that was pass-only. There was very little info available about this online and we were unable to see the inside of the chapel unless we wanted to wait for the hundreds of people inside to leave. Other than the logistical issues, this place is super fun, especially if you are a PM fan. I am not, but still had a blast. Their store is amazing, and they even had a Christmas sale going on where we were able to find figurines and other fun gifts for $10 and under (comparable to ~$50 normally). Definitely worth a stop if you are on your way through.

Roger O'Bryan

Thursday, March 22, 2018
Great stop. Wonderfull campus if your traveling route 66 worth the detour for sure.

Keri Carnes

Saturday, March 17, 2018
Pretty scenery and a nice relaxing getaway from the real world. I REALLY enjoyed my visit.

Kathy Oganyan

Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017
This place was Incredible. The pictures do not do it justice. It's not a quick stop. Prepare to spend a couple of hours to truly enjoy it.

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