We are moving full steam ahead with plans for the
glassblower monument, spearheaded by Martin Fuess.
[We] have sent a letter enlisting help from the city of
Pittsburgh. We are currently in the beginning stages of
fundraising, with both the glass raffles at our meetings
and the sales of the sun catchers going to the special
projects fund. Donations to this project are always


The Study Group is looking at different types of glass used to hold lotions, potions, medicines and advertisements in the apothecary shops during the early 1800’s. It is obvious that there were changes in the glass used in drug stores a hundred years later. The question, then, is what caused those changes? Stay tuned. You will get an interesting history lesson at our February 2019 Antique Show and Sale.


Wednesday: November 14th, 2018 -
Sid Lethbridge presentation on "Canadian Glass Companies"
Please note: the November meeting is the 2nd Wednesday

Wednesday: December 19th, 2018
Christmas Party
Please note: the December meeting is the 3rd Wednesday

Wednesday: January 16th, 2019
Study Group – "Glass for Lotions, Potion and Notions - Drug Store Glass"
Please note: the January meeting is the 3rd Wednesday

SATURDAY February 16th, 2019 - - - AND
SUNDAY February 17th, 2019
It's our annual HGCP Antique Show and Sale

Our Club: The Historical Glass Club of Pittsburgh (HGCP)

Who/ What:

The more than 60 members of HGCP are not only from the local Pittsburgh area, but from throughout distant locations around the Tri-State (Pennsylvania /Ohio /West Virginia) area.

Your MEMBERSHIP in the club gets you a copy of The Glassblower, HGCP's monthly newsletter. It is sent to each member prior to each upcoming meeting. It shares information about the previous month's program, upcoming meeting information, events and trip information.


HGCP meets the third Wednesday of every month from September through May. Optional dinners at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (Keystone Room) start at 6:30 PM -- Club Meetings start at 7:45 PM


We meet at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (Keystone Room) across from Pittsburgh's South Hills Village, unless so noted on the calendar. Note the ACTIVE LINK to a map that will help you find the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

How Much?

Dues for the year are $20. If you want to receive a PRINTED copy of the Glassblower news-letter, dues are $30. If you think that you would like to attend a meeting to learn more about American Glass and our Club, please use the links here and head to the Membership and/or the Contact Us pages. The optional dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel is $23.00 for members and $27.00 for guests.

What do I get for my $20.00 membership?
 Outstanding educational programs
 Newsletter called The “Glassblower” 10 times per year in your email
 Lasting friendships
 Shared glass expertise
 Appreciation of American glass made circa 1800-1900
 Examination of awesome glass displays
 Opportunity to serve on committees
 Leadership role: hold a club office
 …and so much more!!!

A 2018 Message from our President

Josh Hvizdos

Josh Hvizdos

I am honored to serve as the new president of the Pittsburgh Historical Glass Club for the 2018-2019 term. As a 4th generation amateur historian and local glass collector, I am happy to be associated with a group that does so much for the preservation of our shared history and the promotion of the glass legacy of the Pittsburgh area. From the yearly [antique] show, to our monthly presentations, to our undertaking to create the monument, we are truly at the forefront of preserving the rich glass heritage of the area!

I appreciate the opportunity to lead the club over the next two years and am excited at what we can accomplish going forward. Congratulations to all of the new officers, I look forward to working together to grow the group. I would encourage everyone to try to attend as many dinner meetings as possible and to help out in any way you can. If I don’t see you at the various local glass shows, I hope to see all of you at one of our [education packed] meetings!

Meet Our 2018-2019 Officers:

The officers for 2018-2019: (LEFT to RIGHT) are

Zita Reis (Historian)
Betty DeSalvo (Assistant Treasurer),
Marsha Perrott (Treasurer),
Peggy Anchors (Secretary),
Josh Hvizdos (President),
Marilyn Hamay (Vice President),
Jane Offutt (Editor).

Our 2018-2019 Officers




Our Charter

The Historical Glass Club of Pittsburgh (HGCP) promotes the education, study, knowledge, appreciation, and history of American Glass, with emphasis on glass manufactured in the Pittsburgh region, as well as its relationship to useful and decorative arts.

Mould presentation by Kathy Grant

Kathy Grant

At our May meeting, Kathy gave us a presentation on the history of moulds in glassmaking. We learned that 1825 saw the invention of the glass pressing machine. This invention was important to glassmaking because glass makers could produce glass using less skilled workers, making glass tableware affordable for more people.
The machine’s inventor, John Bakewell, affected glass making for decades.
Thank you, Kathy for helping us understand the impact of moulds on early glass history.

Non-Profit Status

The Historical Glass Club of Pittsburgh (HGCP) is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) Charitable Organization listed on the IRS website in their pub. 78 database

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