For the first time ever, several different glass clubs will converge this summer for one convention to focus on education, motivation and expanding memberships for clubs devoted to antique and vintage American Glass.
The Mega Glass Convention, July 7-9 in Overland Park, Kan., will see see a gathering of seven large glass collecting clubs in one place for one purpose: the love of glass and the preservation of the rich history of the American glass industry from the 19th century and beyond.
A list of confirmed participants includes:
NTHCS – National Toothpick Holder Collectors Society
AGSSSC – Antique Glass Salt and Sugar Shaker Club
MWPGS – Mt. Washington/Pairpoint Glass Society
EAPGS – Early American Pattern Glass Society
WCCC – Wave Crest Collectors Club
VGCI – Vaseline Glass Collectors, Inc
NAGC – National American Glass Club
These clubs are the most active, engaged and dynamic of all American glass collecting clubs. However, during the last decade all have shared concerns over what they see as the ‘graying’ of the American glass collecting hobby.
“One of the things we can’t change is an aging population of collectors of fine Victorian glass ranging from EAPG (Early American Pattern Glass) to American Art Glass,” said Jay Rogers, chairman of the Mega Glass Convention. “Nor can we drag the next generation of collectors to the trough and expect them to drink if we don’t lead the way.”
By bringing these collecting clubs and organizations together, organizers hope to bring more and more clubs/organizations into the fold for
an exciting exchange of information, history and the pure love of
glass. The event agenda includes speakers, auctions, a visit to an antiques show, interactive seminars and individual annual business meetings.
A partial list of speakers include, Jeffrey S. Evans of Jeffrey S. Evans Auctions; a representative from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art of Kansas City and Alina Adams of the Wave Crest Collectors Club.
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