The 2014 NDGA Convention in Wellington, Kansas, is officially over. Many thanks go to Convention Chair Pam Meyer and a host of volunteers.
Wonderful glass for sale from 32 national dealers, great displays, a super Banquet with live auction, an outstanding silent auction, seminar speakers, and our special guest author Myrna Garrison. I'd call that a success, wouldn't you? Make your plans now to attend the 2015 Convention in Kansas City, Missouri. You can get review photos and more information from the 2014 Convention on our Convention 2014 Summary page.
The 2014 Convention will be an exciting time. The Live Auction will be held after the banguet Saturday night and the money goes to the Museum Support Fund to be used for the day to day operation of the museum.
This will be the third year that the auction has taken place and each year has proved to be a bigger success than the year before. Again, all the glass is donated by supporters and friends of NDGA to help the museum.
We have pictures of all the auction items on a separate page. Check out the photos and descriptions.
By now, everyone should have received their mailing of the Annual Fund materials.
This endeavor is so very important to our organization; and I hope you will take the time to join in the support of the NDGA and all of their projects.
The cover letter and Annual Fund Donation Response form can be found on our Annual Fund page.
Three and a half months to go until we will be in Wellington enjoying the fun and excitement of our 40th Annual Convention (July 12-13th). Time is flying but things are starting to shape up nicely. Our seminar speakers are busy putting together their presentations, exhibitors are planning the pieces of glass they will be bringing and the dealers are finding some of their best an hardest to find glassware to have available for your treasure hunt.
Banquet registrations are starting to come in and it looks like we are going to have a great crowd. I hope everyone will decide to join us for the banquets. Remember, each meal ticket for the Saturday night banquet receives a vote to use to select the winners of the table decorating contest. You don't want to miss out on this fun do you? Then it's on to the Live Auction. There are some wonderful items coming in for this event. Danny Cornelius is in charge of the Live Auction this year and he will have an article elsewhere in this issue enticing you to save your money for that hard to find item. Our Thursday evening banquet will be the Taco Bar again. It was so popular last year we are bringing it back. After the Thursday meal we will be having a fun time with a "Wild and Crazy Silent Auction". This fast paced "game" is fun and gets a little wild too. Bring your money and be prepared to purchase some wonderful glass. The proceeds of these two events will go to the Museum Support Fund.
Myrna Garrison plans to be at the museum on Friday afternoon to sell and sign her latest book so let's show her how much we all appreciate the information she and her late husband have brought to us over the years.
For those coming early there is a Wine and Cheese Party on Friday evening. You can contact me for time and place. This will give dealers a chance to visit and relax after a hard day of setting out glass for the show and attendees a chance to get to know one another.
Something we've added this year is an auction just for children. See details on our Convention page.
You sure don't want to miss this special Convention!
Pam Meyer, 2014 Show Chair
The very first NDGA Annual Convention was held at the Mariott in Washington, DC, on July 4, 5 and 6, 1975. Now, 40 years later, we are getting ready to celebrate our 40th convention. This year's Annual Convention will be July 12-13 in Wellington Kansas. The theme
"Paint The Town Red"is based on the color ruby being used for 40th anniversaries. Expect to be dazzled by an assortment of displays. Check out our convention page for the latest information.
The 3rd Annual Live Auction is scheduled for July 12 after the banquet with the proceeds going to the Museum Support Fund, which benefits the NDGA National Glass Museum in Wellington KS. Donations are now being accepted by contacting Danny Cornelius at 740-498-7733 or by email. Donors have the choice of donating 25% to 100% of the proceeds to the organization.
The National Depression Glass Association, Inc. is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(C)(3) non profit historical and education organization. Your donation may be tax deductible. Please consult your tax advisor to determine your indivudal situation.
Your museum was a busy place during November and December. Take a couple of minutes to view these pictures and enjoy the colors of the season. Many thanks to everyone who helped make the museum look so festive. Soon, it will be changed as we begin to "paint the town red" in honor of our 40th celebration.
We are looking for between 10-15 folks who would like to sign up to design a center peice for a table at the Saturday night banquet to be held during the 2014 convention.
The rules will be: use glass and keep the "Paint the Town Red" theme in mind. Each person holding a dinner ticket will be able to vote for their personal favorite. The judges will be responsible for counting the votes with the winner being announced and gift certificates for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place being awarded during dinner.
Put your thinking caps on and let the creative juices start to flow. Please contact Pam Meyer at email@example.com if you have questions or to sign up for a table!
Chair Donavon Schmidt and his committee; Melissa Leslie, Carol McEwen, Mary Lou Moreland and Deloris Schmidt counted the ballots on October 17th 2013 and reported that 232 ballots were returned for the By-Laws revision. Results were two hundred twenty seven (227) voted yes; two (2) voted no; three (3) were returned blank.
As results of the voting the new By-Laws will take effect January 1st 2014.
I would like to thank Donavon and his committee for their work on this project.
We've all seen the ads to support Public Broadcasting. Now, here's a really good reason.
During the July 2013 Convention, television station KTWU located in Topeka Kansas, spent some time videotaping at the Convention and Museum. The result was broadcast as the October 10, 2013 program of Sunflower Journeys. It is a 27 minute program with two other stories. Our story begins 10 minutes into the program and lasts for 8 minutes. Make sure you are using supported software to view the program.
Many thanks to Pam Meyer and others for making this happen. Let us know what you thought of the program.
It was only a year ago a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the Grand Opening of the NDGA National Glass Museum located at 117 S Washington Ave. in Wellington KS.
This past year has seen the Museum grow from an empty building to one that houses a collection of glass from the 1800's to the 1970's, representing a large number of the companies that were in existence during those times. It also has a working reference library for the public to use in their research of glassware. The museum is staffed by volunteers, who are always willing to help answer questions.
The museum will help in serving the two main goals of the organization, education and preservation of all American made glassware with an emphasis on the Depression Era.
NDGA is a 501(c)(3) organization with the museum opened to the public at no charge. The museum is supported by donations and proceeds from the gift shop where you may purchase glass items, along with t-shirts, tote bags and post cards. A donation jar is also available to anyone wishing to help support the museum.
The Museum is opened Thursday, Friday and Saturday between the hours of
11:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., with additional hours available by appointment.
Please call 620-326-6400 or 316-524-1553 for those arrangements.
The children then went on to making rock candy, which just like glass, needs the correct ingredients fired at the correct temperature to create a product. Yuum!
One of the highlights of 2013 NDGA Convention was the participation by guest author Barbara Mauzy. She presented a session titled "Passing on the Passion" on Saturday and repeated on Sunday. Barbara also wrote a book "Child of the Great Depression" (ISBN #0985967870).
Are you a depression glass collector? Have you had trouble getting your children or grandchildren to appreciate depression glass and its significance in American history. Well here is the perfect resource for the young reader. Written and illustrated by well known glass author Barbara Mauzy, this book will help young new collectors to appreciate the significance of depression glass; what was the Great Depression, why did it happen, how does the glassware relate to the times, etc... That and much more is included in this great new book designed specifically for the young collector. Your purchase of this book helps to support The National Depression Glass Association and The National Glass Museum.
Remember, the holidays are coming. Contact Pam Meyer to order your copy, and perhaps a second one as a gift.
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