HARRISONBURG, Va. – The National Early American Glass Club has announced its 2012 Seminar will be held May 16-19 in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The event will be based in Harrisonburg and include tours of Historic properties, a private collection, visits to area antiques malls and a day of lectures. It will also coincide with the spring glass auction conducted by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates in Mt. Crawford, Va.
Wednesday, May 16 will be spent in the historic city of Staunton (founded in 1747), known for its significant architecture packed into five National Historic Districts. Staunton’s compact downtown features more than 100 unique shops, art galleries and restaurants. Special NAGC tours will include Trinity Episcopal Church and its 12 Tiffany windows and a studio glass blowing demonstration.
On Thursday, May 17, the group will tour Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and James Monroe’s Ash Lawn-Highland, as well as a tour and lunch at the circa 1784 Michie Tavern. The day will culminate with a reception at the Sites House, the circa 1790 stone home of Beverley and Jeffrey Evans, and a tour of their personal collection of early American glass and Shenandoah Valley decorative arts. The reception is being sponsored by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates.
Lecture sessions will be held on Friday, May 18 at the Jeffrey Evans auction gallery near Mt. Crawford. The presentations will focus on the material culture of 19th century American glass – exploring its initial production and consumption, as well as subsequent collection patterns.
Presenters will include Jane Spillman discussing “Glass in the American Home,” Jeffrey S. Evans on “The History of Glass Collecting in America,” Dean Six on “Trade Catalogues and the Commerce of American Glass, and Art Reed on “Glass Making in 19th Century America.”
The Seminar will conclude on Saturday, May 19 with the Evans cataloged auction of 18th and 19th Century Glass and Lighting featuring an important New England collection; or attendees can explore the area on their own.
The registration fee for the entire seminar is $225 per person. The fee includes May 16-17 tour tickets, May 17 opening reception, May 16-18 bus transportation from the hotel, and May 18 lectures, refreshments and lunch. Information is also available on the NAGC website.
Hotel reservations should be made directly with the Courtyard Marriott Harrisonburg prior to April 24 (540-432-3031). A block of rooms has been reserved for the National Early American Glass Club Seminar at the special rate of $79 per night (plus taxes). Mention the “National American Glass Club” when making reservations to get the special room rate. All bus transportation will be provided from the hotel May 16-18.
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