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Historical Glass Museum shines a new light on the past

Post Time:Dec 02,2015Classify:Industry NewsView:374

The Historical Glass Museum lives up to its name.


Inside there are cabinets featuring seemingly endless rows of beautifully crafted glass from Steuben, Tiffany, Fenton and more. Some of the items date back as far as the 18th and 19th centuries. .


We invite people to come in and share with us and the glass we have,” said Joann Tortarolo, president of the board of directors of the Historical Glass Museum. “We celebrated our 30th year in existence this spring.”


The Redlands museum is open from noon to 4 p.m. on weekends, and there’s an open house set for Dec. 5.


We have the most comprehensive collection of historic American glass west of the Mississippi River,” Tortarolo said, adding that there is also a selection of more recently made pieces.


For those wondering about the value of the pieces, well, you’ll need to use your imagination. As a nonprofit, Tortarolo said, they do not appraise anything.


We cannot appraise,” Tortarolo said. “We know that we have some valuable pieces, and we know what they are. But to set a price on them is difficult. And we don’t share that.”


That said, Tortarolo explained that the financial health of the museum was strong.


We have a fair amount of money put aside in a savings account,” Tortarolo said. “We receive donations — monetary and glass — and so we’ve been moving along. Our challenge right now is getting volunteers to be docents and work on the tasks it takes to keep the museum going. To increase the number of people involved.”


Bill Summers, the museum vice president, agreed.


We could always use more members. And we’re trying to get more people to docent,” Summers said after giving a tour to a group from Claremont Manor. Members of the tour group said they were impressed with the museum.


I had no idea what it would be like,” said Alice Sharp, 90, of Claremont. “I was thinking it would be like stained glass, but this is more interesting. You know, at our age a lot of us have these pieces. The thing is, we don’t appreciate it. You just take it for granted like everything else. I didn’t realize the value of it.”


First-time guest Suzanne Frampton agreed.


I was pleasantly surprised,” she said. “The collection is remarkable. I’m amazed at how large the collection is.”


Summers, a 68-year-old retiree who lives in Riverside, said he’s been working at the museum for the past decade.


My wife and I collected glass for the better part of 30 years,” he said. “We don’t really collect a lot anymore. The stuff we have collected is here. It’s on display, donated to the museum.”


The museum is open to the public on weekends, but weekday tours can be scheduled by calling 951-850-0915.




When: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday open house. Regular hours of operation noon-4 p.m. on weekends.


Where: Historical Glass Museum, 1157 N. Orange St., Redlands.


Tickets: $3 suggested donation.


Information: 909-798-0868 or http://historicalglassmuseum.com/.

Source: http://www.sbsun.com/lifestyle/20151201/historicalAuthor: shangyi

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