After her death in 1990, her husband and children donated her entire collection of more than 2,500 pieces to the Columbus Historical Preservation Trust. Now the Santa Claus Museum brings joy all year long to those seeking the Christmas Spirit.
Mrs. Hopkins and her husband loved to travel and collected Santas from all over the world. One of her favorites was purchased at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.
One of the most unusual Santas in Mrs. Hopkins’ collection is a doll with one red and one green eye. The newest pieces are the Lennox Santas her family had commissioned especially for her. She collected Santa music boxes, Santa containers, Santa dolls, Santa dishes, Santa ornaments, and Santa photos. Her love of Old St. Nick was well known and Mrs. Hopkins received many, many Santa gifts from friends over the years.