Glass collectors unite May 8, 2008

CAMBRIDGE, Ma. – The American Glass Club has been active for 75 years. This year, 2008 is its diamond anniversary. An article celebrating the 25th anniversary appeared in Hobbies magazine in 1958.  It relates a great story of the club’s beginnings:

“The National Early American Glass Club had its beginning in Boston on a winter afternoon in January, 1933, in the Marlborough Street home of Mrs. Harry Freeman, one of a handful of glass lovers who decided to form a club. In response to their invitations and a notice in the old Boston Transcript, more than 150 persons turned up, instead of the 75 expected, and the mid-city traffic was snarled sufficiently to bring out the police. They added a comedy touch by deciding that everybody throwing dollar bills on the table at Mrs. Freeman’s door must really have come to gamble.
With the eventual blessings of the law, the club came into existence that day for the purpose of giving information pertaining to early American glass to members and the public in general, and this ideal has become a tradition.”

Fast forward to 1958. There were 700 members in the Boston chapter and another 600 members in regional groups countrywide. The members applied themselves to learning about the glass industry in this country and in the world from 5000 B.C. to today’s sculptural and artistic glass. The research unraveling the mysteries of early glass making increases understanding of the product and styles which have marched along with America’s growth.

This year the club will be honoring 400 years of the first industry established in America by hearing first hand the story of Jamestown, seeing the Thomas Cains chandelier, Tiffany installations, LaFarge windows, Cambridge Glass, Sandwich Glass and displays of other glass.

The general public is invited to join NAGC at the Hyatt Regency Plaza Hotel in Cambridge, Mass., to blow out the candles and cut the cake on Thursday night, May 8 at a special party which will include a Boston speaker with memories of the 75-year-old Club. 

For more information, and to register, call 914-337-5554, or email to