Shoppers World exhibit
Shoppers World was the first shopping mall to open east of the Rockies, beaten in the final stages of construction by a mall in the Pacific Northwest.
When it opened in 1951, Shoppers World attracted visitors not only for the shopping but for attractions, shows and community gathering.
When its iconic dome was torn down in 1994 to give way to a modern shopping plaza, Framingham’s historic landmark was not fully forgotten. A new exhibit remembering the mall, “Shoppers World, 1951-1994,” can be now viewed at the Framingham History Center’s Edgell Memorial Library through Sept. 30.
The exhibit includes various artifacts such as boxes from Jordan Marsh, as well as old charge cards and employee name tags from the store; wooden soldiers that were brought out every year for the mall’s holiday decor; buttons from the Windsor button shops; posters and flyers advertising Shoppers World; photos of some of the major events that went on there; and even its symbolic neon sign.