Glass museum reopens after two-month remodel

REDLANDS, Calif. — After two months of restoration, the Historical Glass Museum, 1157 Orange St., Redlands, held its Grand Reopening celebration Oct. 3. All freshly painted rooms, and 12 custom built display cabinets show many never before displayed pieces of vintage glassware.

Two custom cabinets in the American Brilliant Cut Glass room were designed by museum president Frank Herendeen to hold over 200 pieces of cut glass donated by Tod and Kathi Beach in honor of Tod’s parents, Edwin W. and Janet H. Beach. A third cabinet was built to hold additional cut glass, including cut glass from the home of world famous entertainer Liberace. The fourth custom cabinet in the same room shows off Pearl and Leo Cogen’s large collection of American and foreign perfume bottles.

During the museum’s closure, Barbara and Joe Soelter painted the walls, ceiling, and floor in every room of the museum. In four custom cabinets built for the Depression Glass room, Barbara arranged the glassware to be displayed in alphabetical order by ‘Pattern’ name, she also added depression glass never before displayed. A fifth 6-foot-wide custom cabinet contains over 100 pieces of vintage milk glass donated by Roberta Lawrence. The sixth cabinet in the room holds a large collection of Jadite donated by Octavie Gunnerson, and collection of glass bells donated by Norma Von Stuck.

In the freshly painted Pattern Glass room, visitors will see Harriet Thomason’s collection of over 300 vintage oil and vinegar cruets, plus four cabinets of pattern and pressed class dating back to the early 1800s. Also, in that room, old car buff’s can enjoy Stan Korfmacher’s collection of nearly 100 antique automobile bud vases, used as deodorizers in the grand old cars of yesteryear.

Newly donated pieces in the Art Glass room include a large, green and gold punch bowl and 12 cups from the mid to late 1800s, donated by museum member Jimmi Mitchell; a lovely Bride’s Basket, a Pickle Castor, and a six bottle castor set donated by Polly Anne Johanson in memory of her mother Nita Burnham, and grandmother Mae Burnham.

For years, the room behind the kitchen door was used as a storeroom, packed with incoming donations, a computer, refrigerator, microwave, and a ton of ‘this-and-that.’ The door always remained closed to hide the mess. Board members, for a long time, have questioned how they could add another room to display the museum’s growing donations of glassware.

During the several weeks the museum closed for remodeling, board president Frank Herendeen solved the problem by removing the kitchen door, tearing out the 25 year-old carpet, and demolishing the entire contents of the kitchen area. Next, Frank and Rosemary Herendeen donated black and white hex tile replacing the old carpet with period tile flooring. Two custom-built display cabinets, a vintage kitchen sink, and an additional storage cabinet were built in the kitchen/storage space. Now, a new room, themed ‘Yesterday’s Kitchen,’ is open for public viewing, providing additional space to display glass items found in the kitchen during the late 1800s and early 1900s.

The Historical Glass Museum is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from noon-4 p.m. A $3 donation gains admission, and members and students are admitted free. For more information call 909-793-3333 or visit

Photos courtesy the Historical Glass Museum


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