1972: Hobby Lobby founded by David Green.
1981: Son Mart Green founds Mardel, a Christian book and educational supplies store.
1997: Began an annual Easter Sunday tradition of placing a full-page ad delivering Christian messages in all newspapers the company advertises in.
2007: The Green family pledges $70 million to help Oral Roberts University pay its debt and remain open. Mart Green becomes a chairman of the university's board.
2010: Hobby Lobby opens a health care clinic at its corporate headquarters in Oklahoma City.
2010: The Green family announces plans to open a Bible museum.
2011: Passages, a traveling exhibit of the Green family's private collection of rare biblical manuscripts and artifacts, opens at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.
2012: 500th Hobby Lobby store opens in Las Vegas.