The first glass MegaConvention was held July 9-11, 2011
at the Marriott Overland Park Hotel in Kansas City, Kansas, and was chaired by our own AGSSSC member Jay Rogers
with help from Gloria Dobbs, member of the Early American Pattern Glass Club. Also participating were:
National Toothpick Holder Collectors Society (NTHCS), Vaseline Glass Club, Inc. (VGCI), Wave Crest Collectors Club,
the Early American Pattern Glass Club (EAPG), National American Glass Club (NAGC), and several members from
the Mt. Washington Glass Club. These organizations represented a collective history of the best of America's
glass making traditions. The logo shown in the poster (below) was designed by Carl Hearn, editor of the EAPG newsletter, to visually
signify cohesion and demonstrate a coming together of differing parts, in unity, for a "single purpose." Those
who attended the convention are grateful to Jay and Gloria for providing a setting and program to meet these aims!
Agendas for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday were distributed to all at registration. Our members gathered to talk at registration and also
in rooms where members were selling shakers. Most of our attendee members had rooms on the same floor, making room-hopping easy. Thursday
events centered on a reception in the early evening followed by the Richard Pence Auction. The auction was set up in the afternoon so attendees
had ample time to pick up a bidders' number, with a list of over 200 items to be auctioned, and carefully examine the items displayed. Susan Ryan won a pair
of unfired Burmese Mt. Washington decorated shakers among the several salt and sugar shakers offered.
Some of the clubs set up separate "permanent" displays around the main "ballroom" depicting the clubs' particular glass interest. Wave Crest and EAPG had
beautiful examples in glass cases; the Toothpick Society and the Vaseline Club arrayed their selections on long tables. These displays were
available for examination by all throughout the convention.
Friday was devoted to beautiful picture presentations by Alina Adams of the
Wave Crest Collectors Club, Bill Evans of the American Cut Glass Association, and Jane Shadel Spillman, Curator of American Glass at The Corning
Museum of Glass and Bulletin Editor of the National American Glass Club. Jane talked about the Museum's collection of Mt. Washington/Pairpoint Glass and reported
that Volume II of Ken Wilson's book on Mt. Washington glass is available through the Museum website. Some AGSSSC members took the opportunity to visit the Overland Park
Antique Show and the beautiful booths of AGSSSC members Lu Dodemont and Tom Neale/Glen Schlofeldt. During dinner attendees heard a talk on American Quilts and
the Underground Railroad by Kathy Freshwater, that
was followed by auctions presented by individual clubs. Our AGSSSC members joined EAPG members in a unique auction format.
Saturday saw time for individual club meetings. Our AGSSSC members started off with our traditional ID project, followed by Show and Tell, and then the annual
meeting. This year we took closeup pictures of the unusual shakers members brought for "Show and Tell" for all to enjoy. These will be more fully explained in
the October Pioneer. Joanne Just accepted the gavel from Susan Ryan, and the Club applauded elections of several new Board Members. Complete Annual Meeting
info will appear in the next Pioneer. Saturday afternoon saw some members arranging displays for competition (that also included those set up at
the beginning of the convention) while others participated in the sale of their glass from individual tables in a room adjoining the convention ballroom. Voting
was accomplished before dinner with winners announced later in the evening. The Convention allowed three place winners in three categories, and AGSSSC participants
won two: Sherman and Irene Waddle for "Together Again" in the Most Beautiful category; Joanne Just for "Patent Realities" in the Most Educational. All the AGSSSC
entries are pictured below. Along with dinner, Jeffrey Evans (of Jeffrey Evans Auctions), Richard Pence, Catherine Futter, Curator of Decorative Arts at the Kansas
City Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and Jane Shadel Spillman formed a panel discussion that included how each of our glass clubs can do a better job of marketing our beloved collecting/group activities
to younger generation "potential" members. This topic will be discussed in a future Pioneer.
Now scroll through the following pictures, and enjoy!
Pictures from the 2011 Mega Convention
(Special Thanks to Chris Schafer, our official Club Photographer.)
Registration/Convention Center Glass Displays/Pence Auction Display
Dining Together/Club Auctions and Sales
ID Project/Show and Tell
Member Displays and Two Toothpick Society Displays