Antique Glass Salt and Sugar Shaker Club

2017 AGSSSC 32nd Annual Convention: Dearborn, Michigan

Peterson Frontispiece 1960

JUNE 22, 23, 24, 2017

Our convention location is the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Romulus, MI, minutes from the I-94 expressway and the Detroit Metro Airport, and is about ten miles from Dearborn and the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation-- where we will spend much of the day on Friday, June 23. If you do not yet have reservations, please call the Hotel directly, 734-728-2800. Giving the dates (anytime between June 21 through June 25, 2017) and the full name of our club will entitle you to our special rates: $85 per night plus taxes for a room with two double beds or one king bed; $95 per night plus taxes for two queen beds; or a king-bedded suite with sofa bed for $115 plus taxes. This includes a continental breakfast each morning for all guests (a full breakfast is available from the menu). The hotel offers free 24-hour shuttle service to/from the Detroit Metro Airport, ample free parking for your vehicle, complimentary high speed wireless internet access, cable television with 40 inch flat screen TV plus indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, fitness area, billiards, putting green, basketball, shuffle-board, horseshoes, and on-site restaurant and lounge--close to our secure meeting rooms off a private hall on the first floor.


Thursday: Registration, lobby left of entrance. Free time all day (although Board Meeting will be held in mid-afternoon). Dinner on own. Evening Dessert; Show and Tell.

Friday: Bus trip (about 10 miles) to Henry Ford Museum including Greenfield Village, and the Ford Rouge Factory Tour (optional). Enjoy lunch on your own at the various Museum and Village restaurants. Special attractions include the newly opened Davidson-Gerson Modern Glass Gallery in the Museum and the new Davidson-Gerson Gallery of Glass scheduled to open this spring in the Village's Liberty Craftworks District. This will feature larger-scale studio glass pieces as well as the evolution of American glass. Dinner on your own could be at the Wyndham Garden Hotel restaurant or other nearby hotel restaurants. Our traditional shaker auction will be at the hotel in the early evening.

Saturday. Annual meeting. ID Clinic. Set up of displays. Free time in the AGSSSC Hospitality Room in the hotel. Banquet with a panel discussion by select club members on antique glass salt and sugar shakers--what do we mean by Art Glass, Victorian Glass, Studio Glass, Carnival Glass, Depression Glass, how do they overlap and how does it matter? Member participation will be welcomed! Room Hopping is encouraged every evening during the convention and is a great way to find a special shaker for purchase from some of our dealer/members!

We will also have a display of reference books for members to peruse on Saturday in the convention meeting rooms. Bring a couple of those shakers that you just cannot identify, and we will try to find ID in reference books or to stump our resident experts!

Display Categories:

Best Display of 15 or Under Shakers
Best Display of Over 15 Shakers
Best Educational Display
Best Display in any Category Incorporating the "Pure Michigan" theme
Best Display of Same Pattern Shaker with Different Colors or Decorations
Best Display of Different Shakers made by a Single Manufacturer
Best Display of Shakers (salt and/or sugar) with the same color
Best Display of Milk Glass Shakers (salt or sugar)

Special Display of Member Shakers to attempt to replicate the frontispiece (pictured above) from Arthur Peterson's 1960 book, Salt and Salt Shakers. (Look over your collections to see if you have one or two you could bring, and let your host know!).

Single Shaker Categories:

My First Shaker
Best shaker I wish I had not bought This, and Why
Best Buy at Flea Market for under $10
Rarest Salt or Sugar Shaker (from your collection)
Ugliest Shaker
Shaker (salt or sugar; from your collection) with the most beautiful decoration!
Shaker in a Known Pattern/Mold, but of a Rare Color or Other Unfamiliar Variation

This is the most up-to-date information available for you as of April 3, 2017. Any changes/updates will be noted in our April-June newsletter. Please email me ( for more information. I would like to help you with answers to your questions and hear ideas. I would like this to be a convention where you can have fun participating as well as learn, be inspired, and enjoy new experiences. Come to Michigan, my home state, that treasures American innovation and all things pure and beautiful. Your Host, Gretchen Zale

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