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Ken is 50 Party Celebrating the 2011 Barbie Convention

Ken is 50! The Ken doll was introduced by Mattel on March 11, 1961 as the boyfriend of Barbie, the Teen-Age Fashion Model.  He is two-years younger than his gal-pal Barbie.  Ken Carson was named after the son of the Mattel company
co-founders, Ruth & Elliot Handler, who was named Kenneth.  Although the Ken doll was introduced on March 13, 1961 at the New York Toy Fair, Mattel is celebrating the birthday on March 11th.
He has been the first and only true love of Barbie.  When Ken arrived 50 years ago, he was featured with flocked (fleeced) blonde or brunette hair, and he wore red cotton swim-trunks, cork sandals and carried a yellow terry-cloth towel.
The Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History in Boynton Beach , Florida is celebrating 50 years of Ken in its B
arbie: History, Fashions & More
exhibit.  This exhibit has been modified from its original display that opened in year 2009 for the 50th birthday of Barbie. The Ken doll and his history are chronologically integrated in the Barbie exhibit. 
The Barbie exhibit features numerous Ken dolls, his clothes, friends and family members along more than 100 Barbie dolls, clothes and accessories from more than twenty collectors from throughout South Florida and Canada.  The Ken dolls are on exhibit now and will be showcased all year.

SPECIAL EVENT: Ken is 50 Party celebrating the 2011 Barbie Convention:

On Tuesday, July 26, 2011 at 4:15pm to 7:15pm, the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History (MLFH) will host a Ken is 50 Party and book-signing for Jef Beck of Cedars Rapid, Iowa, who wrote the book I Love Ken: My Life as the Ultimate Boyfriend.  Jef Beck owns the largest collection in the USA of Ken dolls and Ken clothes. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Ken and the Barbie Convention, the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History will be hosting the book-signing on July 26th at the MLFH facility in Boynton Beach, Florida for the attendees to the Barbie Convention and the event is also open to the general public. MLFH will be providing bus transportation for the Barbie Convention attendees to travel to MLFH for the July 26th event at MLFH in Boynton Beach, FL.


Tickets are $35 per person; $30 per person for MLFH Members; and $15 per child for children under age 12; Free for children under age 2. Tickets can be purchased on-line at  Fees include an all-you-can-eat buffet, gift bags, music, unlimited access to view exhibits at MLFH and Shopping Night at the Boynton Beach Mall. For the Barbie Convention attendees, your ticket purchase reserves your complimentary space on the bus.
For more information, call: 561-243-2662.
Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event.

The Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History (MLFH) is located inside the Boynton Beach Mall (near Sears) at
801 N. Congress Avenue , Boynton Beach , Florida. . 561-243-2662.

Volunteering at MLFH is an active opportunity to support the educational mission of the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History.  Docents are needed to help conduct the increasingly popular guided tours of the exhibits.  And, volunteer opportunities are available for the various school field trips and special events at MLFH.  For more information, click here 
In Winter 2009, the Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History (MLFH) opened in its current donated 8,000 square feet facility located inside the Boynton Beach Mall which is owned by Simon Malls.  Thanks to various donations, including in-kind, the first phase of renovations included creating three gallery spaces and an education room for school field trips. 
Your consideration of support is needed for the second phase of renovations, the educational programs and general operations.  Please consider a Membership to the Museum and/or make a donation in ANY monetary amount.
(for Membership purchases)
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(for Donations in ANY Amount)
or mail donations to:
Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History
P.O. Box 6127
Delray Beach, FL  33482
   MLFH was established in year 1999 and is a non-profit organization. 
New Museum Hours
Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 4pm  /  Sunday, 1pm - 4pm
Mondays: Closed except for pre-arranged and pre-paid group tours for a minimum of 10 people
On the Fourth Saturday of each month, the Museum opens at 10am
on the Fourth Saturday of each month. Private group tours are also available.
For more information about the bus tours and rates, visit
Museum of Lifestyle & Fashion History 
801 N. Congress Avenue, Suite 483
Boynton Beach Mall (inside Mall near Sears)
Boynton Beach, FL  33426 
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