Pattern Glass Program At Falls Creek

April 10, 2006 at 8:30 PM

       The DuBois Area Historical Society will take to the road for its April 20 meeting, visiting the Falls Creek Presbyterian Church where Rev. Robert Henry, will display his collection of Early American Pattern Glass. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Parking is available behind the church.

       Henry collects and deals in Early American Pattern Glass, also identified as pressed glass. He is also a member of the Early American Pattern Glass Society. He is one of 50 members in Pennsylvania and one of 400 nationwide.

       “I will have my collection on display,” said Henry, who obtained his first piece of pattern glass in 1964. “Everyone will get a piece of paper and try to identify the use of each of the pieces. Most people will remember their grandparents and aunts and uncles using this type of glass pieces.”

       Early American Pattern Glass was made between 1870 and 1920. There were 1,200 different patterns produced during that time frame, most of it in Pittsburgh, northern West Virginia, and eastern Ohio.

       “I started collecting the glass when I was looking for a container to put roses in to give to my wife,” said Henry. “I found a goblet in an antique shop and that started my interest. I have collected four to five patterns over the years.”

       Ten members and guests attended the March meeting of the DuBois Area Historical Society to hear a presentation, “Dispelling Native American Myths,” presented by Dennis Bussell.

       The DuBois Area Historical Society will conclude its 2005-06 program series on May 24 with Galen Kilmer, history teacher at DuBois Area High School, presenting his annual program, “DuBois Area High School Local History Projects.” The meeting is at 7:30 p.m. in the E.D. Reitz Museum, 30 W. Long Ave., DuBois, and is free and open to the public.

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