This month's roll-out of holiday ornaments from around the national park system spurred one reader to ask where he could buy some of the ornaments.
Well, the official word I've received is that the commemorative ornaments that were created in connection with the National Park Service's centennial in 2016 are not for sale now and won't be in the future.
"The ornaments will not be returned to the artist or the park. They belong to the White House and will be preserved for future use," David Barna, the Park Service's chief of communications, tells me. "Artists were given guidance by the White House for preparing the ornaments. Part of the guidance included the following statement: 'Designs and ornaments may not be reproduced or replicated for sale or advertised as 'designed for the White House.'
"Therefore, we can't produce replica ornaments for sale," he adds.
That said, the artists retained ownership of their designs, and so, theoretically, they could reproduce those images on calendars, posters, plates, or whatever, and then sell those items.
However, there are some previously created park ornaments that are in existence and are for sale, along with many other park-related gifts. You can find some of these at the following sites:
If you're aware of other sites, please pass them on.