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• The Glass Museum's Annual Meeting was held Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the "Lodge" at Coventry Lake at 11:00 a.m. with a short business meeting, election of officers, and any new matters. After a potluck luncheon, there was a program about Connecticut glass, including a short presentation and viewing items brought that relate to the West Willington Glass Company. The Lodge is located at Patriots Park, 124 Lake Street, Coventry, CT.

Photos of previous Annual Meetings Choose which of these Annual Meetings images to view:

2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
2012 2012 pre-2012

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• Open houses at the Museum grounds and buildings -- all welcome -- SATURDAYS FROM 1:00 TO 4:00 June 17 with special Pitkin glass exhibit by member and glass historian Dana Charlton July 15 August 19 September 16 with special exhibit of early Connecticut bottles and glassware by member and glass collector Tom Marshall, October 21 -- we are generally open on the third Saturday of the month during warm-enough weather. Free tours of the Captain John Turner House and 1935 barn, led by the museum's Board members. Special display of bottles and glass by various historians and colectors. Learn about the Museum and its plans. Rain or shine. FREE, but donations are welcome! To support the museum, there's a bottle-deposit fund-raiser -- guests are encouraged to bring returnable bottles to the bins. We also have a special table of old and unique bottles from which visitors can choose in exchange for a $3.00 donation. Some other bottles and books are also available, and your purchases help support the museum. Questions may be directed to the webmaster.

• The Museum's annual springtime Antique Glass & Bottle Show and Sale will be held Saturday, May 20, 2017 on the grounds of the historic Coventry Glass Works, 289 North River Road, Coventry, CT 06238 (intersection of Rt. 44 & North River Road, at the blinking light). Dealers set up outdoor booths, and visitors can shop from 9:00 to 1:00, with 8:00 a.m. early admission for an extra fee. All are invited to take a tour of the Turner House and future museum, free with show admission, at scheduled times during the show. We welcome dealers to sign up for a space -- tailgate market style; dealers bring their own tables, tent. Click printable 2017 contract with details for dealers. The show is held rain or shine. General admission, $4.00. Early admission, $15.00. To see photos of previous Glass and Bottle Shows shows, choose which year to view:

2016 2015 2014 2013
2012 2011 2010 pre-2010

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Special Events Remembered: Our Museum volunteers participate in local historical and community events; pictures and descriptions of our participation can be found by clicking Special Events.

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Specially scheduled talks and tours: Noel Tomas, President of the Museum of Connecticut Glass, frequently talks to groups in Connecticut and nearby states -- contact the Museum about scheduling a talk for your organization.

Past presentations include: On September 24, 2015, Museum President Noel Tomas spoke at the Hebron Historical Society's 50th Anniversary and Annual Meeting on the topic "Glassmaking History in Connecticut." The Society donated $100 to the museum. • On April 19, 2014, FOSA (Friends of the Office of the State Archeologist) visited the museum to learn about identifiying glass. They donated $100 to the Museum. • On May 1, 2014, Museum President Noel Tomas presented a talk to the Somers Women's Club; the Club contributed $25 to the Museum. • On March 12, 2014, Noel Tomas spoke to the Women's Club of the Nichols United Methodist Church in Trumbull, CT.; the club contributed $50 to the Museum. • On January 16, 2013, Museum President Noel Tomas and member Tom Duff presented a talk about the Museum and the Pitkin Company at the East Hartford Historical Society. Tom is a glass collector and former treasurer of Pitkin Glassworks, as well as a Museum member. The East Hartford Historical Society donated $150 to the museum, and its members plan a visit to the Museum's May 18 show. • On November 13, 2012, Museum president Noel Tomas spoke to the Westchester (New York) Chapter of the American Glass Club. The Chapter contributed $1,000 to the Museum for furthering its work. • On November 10, 2012, the Museum welcomed a Coventry Boy Scout Troop for a tour of our buildings and a talk about the process and history of glass-making. • On June 10, 2012, at the annual meeting of the Tolland Historical Society, Noel Tomas, President of the Museum of Connecticut Glass, spoke to members about the Museum's plans for development and on Connecticut-produced glass, focusing on Tolland County glass companies -- Willington and Coventry -- plus its Windham County neighbor, Westford. The Society presented a $100 contribution to the Museum. • On March 8, 2012, Museum President Noel Tomas spoke about early glass to the West Haven Historical Society in the historic Congregational Church on the green in West Haven. • Earlier talks include: Wesley Heights in Shelton, CT, which donated $100 to the Museum. • The Newtown Historical Society, which donated $100 to the Museum. • The Lebanon Historical Society, which donated $100 to the Museum. • The Founders Club, Boston Chapter of the National American Glass Club in Natick.

E-mail Noel Tomas, President, at Noel.Tomas@glassmuseum.org.

Questions about the web site, e-mail Webmaster@glassmuseum.org.

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