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The Historical Glass Club of Pittsburgh is a member of the
Heinz History Center Affiliates Program
We have been given a
CLUB PASS

Using the Club Pass, paid club members can get
FREE admission to the
Heinz History Center (HHC)
the Western PA Sports Museum [located in the History Center]
the Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village
AND the Fort Pitt Museum.

[click on the above links for a list of upcoming exhibits or events]

The Club Pass is good for any event year-round
Up to 4 persons per visit admitted free with the Club Pass
The Club Pass can be picked up at our glass club dinner meeting
Contact Marsha Perrott [club treasurer]
The Club Pass will NOT be mailed
The Club Pass must be returned at the following monthly meeting
We also have a copy of the HHC quarterly publication
Contact Zita Reis, Historian, to read the HHC pub during any glass club meeting.

OUR CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS :

ROAD TRIP
April 23-24, 2021 FRIDAY-SATURDAY Museum of American Glass Marble Show and Sale
See our Glass Events page for more detail

ROAD TRIP
May 7-8, 2021 FRIDAY-SATURDAY Eastern National Antique Show and Sale
See our Glass Events page for more detail

ROAD TRIP
May 16, 2021 SUNDAY Washington Bottle Club Glass Show
See our Glass Events page for more detail

May 19, 2021 WEDNESDAY (Crowne Plaza Hotel) - Our Club Dinner Meeting

ROAD TRIP
May 22, 2021 SATURDAY Duncan Museum Parking Lot Sale
See our Glass Events page for more detail

ROAD TRIP
June 5-6, 2021 SATURDAY-SUNDAY Morgantown Convention and Glass Sale
See our Glass Events page for more detail

ROAD TRIP
June 11-12-13, 2021 FRIDAY-SATURDAY-SUNDAY Moundsville WV / Fostoria Convention and Glass Show
See our Glass Events page for more detail

ROAD TRIP
July 10-11, 2021 SATURDAY-SUNDAY National Duncan Glass Society Antiques and Collectibles Sale
See our Glass Events page for more detail

ROAD TRIP
July 30-31, 2021 FRIDAY-SATURDAY Fry Convention TENTATIVE
See our Glass Events page for more detail

September 15, 2021 WEDNESDAY (Crowne Plaza Hotel) - START 2021-2022 Club Year Our Club Dinner Meeting

ROAD TRIP
October 15-16, 2021 FRIDAY-SATURDAY Glasshoppers Glass Show
See our Glass Events page for more detail

October 20, 2021 WEDNESDAY (Crowne Plaza Hotel) - Our Club Dinner Meeting

ROAD TRIP
November 14, 2021 SUNDAY Pittsburgh Antique Bottle Club Show and Sale
See our Glass Events page for more detail

November 17, 2021 WEDNESDAY (Crowne Plaza Hotel) - Our Club Dinner Meeting

December 15, 2021 WEDNESDAY (Crowne Plaza Hotel) - Our Club CHRISTMAS PARTY Dinner Meeting

IT'S COMING - IT'S COMING
FEBRUARY 19-20, 2022 SATURDAY-SUNDAY Our HGCP Pittsburgh ANTIQUES SHOW and SALE
See our Annual Antique Show page for more detail

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A 2021 April Message from our President

Kathy Roth

As Spring approaches and we look forward to pleasant weather, be sure to circle May 19th for our dinner meeting. Even though Dorothy had an accident and is home recovering, she is planning a fun event for all.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR TO ATTEND OUR DINNER MEETING ON WEDNESDAY MAY 19 AT THE Crowne Plaza Hotel !!

For all, I send good wishes for a warm and wonderful springtime finding that special thing that has been waiting for you to take it home. Be safe and get in line for your vaccination so we all can be together again. Hope to see you on MAY 19 at the Crown Plaza.

A 2021 March Message from our Nominating Committee

By Norene Beatty

The Nominating Committee is happy to report that the current officers have agreed to serve another term in office.
These officers are:

Respectfully submitted,
Norene Beatty, Chairperson

ANY ADDITIONAL NOMINATIONS FROM THE FLOOR SHOULD BE SENT TO NORENE BEATTY



Meet Our 2020-2021 Officers:

The Officers for the 2020-2021 Club year are (photos are coming):

Kathy Roth (President)
Dorothy Fels (Vice President)
Norene Beatty (Secretary)
Marsha Perrott (Treasurer)
Betty DeSalvo (Assistant Treasurer)
Jane Offutt (Glassblower Editor)
Zita Reis (Historian)

The officers for the 2019 - 2020 Club Year were (L to R in the photo below)

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 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.

When?

Our September Meeting is always a Picnic. HGCP then meets the third Wednesday of every month from October through May at the Crowne Plaza Hotel unless so noted on the calendar. Optional dinner starts at 6:30 PM -- Club Meetings start at 7:30 PM --

Where?

We meet at the Crowne Plaza Hotel 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 ($10 in 2021). If you want to receive a PRINTED copy of the Glassblower news-letter, dues are $30 ($20 in 2021). 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 $24.00 for members and $28.00 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

-- LOOK -- NEW INFORMATION HOT OFF THE PRESS:


 AND Paid Members have access to the Clubs free PASS to
    + the Heinz History Center
    + the Western PA Sports Museum [located in the History Center]
    + the Meadowcroft Rockshelter and Historic Village
    + and the Fort Pitt Museum.
   (Contact MARSHA PERROTT [treasurer] for info on how to use our Club PASS)
[click on the above links for a list of upcoming exhibits or events]



The Historical Glass Club of Pittsburgh (HGCP) newest PHOTO GALLERY


  January, 2021
  Inaugural Gifts For President Biden and Vice President Harris



    Peter O Rourke glass cuttings for the 2021 presidential Inauguration

For The Inauguration, Glass-cutter Peter O’Rourke handcrafted a pair of intricate vases for President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.

When presenting the vases to President Biden and Vice President Harris, Senator Amy Klobuchar said, “The team at Lenox has worked for months to capture the spirit of this inauguration and your incoming administration. Mr. President, your vase features the White House, and Vice President Harris’s vase features the U.S. Capitol.

She continued to explain, “Each vase weighs 32 pounds. Lenox is the oldest crystal and fine china maker in the U.S.A. The gifts represent the hope and faith the American people have placed in you to move our country forward.”

Senator Klobuchar’s presentation of the vases is part of a tradition that started when Mr.O’Rourke made jelly bean jars for President Ronald Regan. Nine inaugurations later, and another piece of Pittsburgh glass is still being celebrated in Washington D.C.

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  Sunday Sept 20, 2020
  Members Bob and Helen Jones, along with their son Matt and his wife Robin visited New Bedford, MA
  We all got a peek at the new home of the New Bedford Museum of Glass:

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The New Bedford Museum of Glass has found a wonderful old house to call Home. The Museum is NOT open for business yet (try early 2021), but our daughter-in-law Robin was able to make arrangements with Kirk Nelson, the Museum President and Executive Director.
Kirk gave us a wonderful sneak preview tour.

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Each of the 50-plus display cases will be hiding thousands of shards dug from the company site. Lots of painting, cleaning, and decorating is yet to be done before opening day. Oh, and we can't forget the installation of display case shelving, glass doors, and of course, the placing of hundreds of pieces of glass to treat the public eye and give them a hunger for American Glass. Kirk mentioned that he just "had" to open a few boxes of glass and place samples on the shelves so early visitors would have some temporary displays to look at - which obviously took a lot of time away from his getting things ready for opening day - Thanks, Kirk, for the added consideration.

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Here is a peek of one wall in the "accessioning" office. I had to show you their wide-eyed view of New Bedford. Here was a beautiful display of Kate Greenaway glass combined with period clothing...

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Remember, this is a 200 year old home with early 20th century upgrades like pluming and electricity. Some of the features from 1800 that you only read about, like its restaurant sized cooking facilities, servants quarters, attached stables, 6 rented apartments on the third floor, just a fabulous building with huge museum possibilities. You HAVE to come visit this historic building/ museum/ house/ home when they open their doors. History on top of history is all here.

OK, do you want more information? Here is a link to their web site: New Bedford Museum of Glass.
Here is a link to the YouTube video that gives you more historic details about the James Arnold Mansion
AND, there will be a Press Release in the upcoming issue of All About Glass (AAG), the quarterly magazine from the Museum of American Glass in West Virginia (MAG) and an article later next year (the date is still TBD). MAG members get free copies, or, if you are not a member of MAG, you can call MAG directly (304-269-5006) with your charge card number and become a member (4 free issues next year).

Thanks again Kirk. Your tour was GREAT...



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.

example:

SHELL
(Original Manufacturers Name)
Bakewell, Pears & Co.
Pittsburgh-PA
1875 catalog
Rick Miller photo
from EAPG Data Base

The April Issue of the
"GLASSBLOWER"
-- our club magazine --
has more great articles this month


“Revisiting John Weishar’s Mould Making Presentation” by Kathy Roth

“A New British Company Produces Glass”
(A story is about glass manufactured at
Dartington Crystal Co. in North Devon, England )
by Dorothy Fels & Zita Reis

"Hope Spring Eternal: Crystal Trophies for Championship Sports"
(This article describes 11 glistening glass sculptures that are mouth-blown and hand cut by craftsman at The House of Waterford. The photos mostly show trophies for iconic golf tournaments. However, The House of Waterford also fashions crystal trophies for tennis, horse racing, rugby, sailing, and snooker, to name a few.)


Become a Club Member, and you too will receive the
GLASSBLOWER
The Official Newsletter of the
Historical Glass Club of Pittsburgh (HGCP)


Don't forget Historic Hanna's Town
48th Antiques and Collectibles Sales
in Hempfield
The outdoor sales are held the second Sunday of the month, rain or shine, from May 9, 2021 through Oct. 10.
The gate opens at 7:30 Sundays (Details: 724-532-1935)
Proceeds benefit the
Westmoreland County Historical Society

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 (now called CHARITIES)

 

 


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