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1975 Convention - Washington, DC

The very first NDGA Annual Convention was held at the Mariott in Washington, DC, on July 4, 5 and 6, 1975. The Chairman of the first Convention was Chuck Smith. The Convention was sponsored by the Del-Mar-Va club. Other committee members were R. O. Beadles, Jr., Verlyn and Robert Ernst, Shirley and Austin Hartsock and Madge Klein.

Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of NDGA members was held on Friday afternoon. The election of officers was held by voting of members present and proxy ballots.

There was a Banquet and meeting on Saturday night, with outgoing President Tamara Brooks introducing the newly elected officers:

There were some short speeches, followed by a dinner and dancing. A good time was had by all.

Seminars and Speakers

There were five seminars all presented on Saturday. They were:

In addition to the Seminars, there were several guest authors in attendance:

Glass and Pottery Displays

Marguerite McGuire of Pasadena, CA, displayed four complete table settings of glass. Perhaps there were other displays, but we have no information other than what is published here.

There are no photographs that we know of which show the displays at the first NDGA Convention. If anyone has photographs from this event, please send them to the Webmaster.

List of Participating Dealers

Here is the list of the dealers who set up to sell glass at the first NDGA Convention. The only dealer from this list that set up at recent Conventions was "Happiness Is" (Kathy & Buddy Stultz), from Richmond, VA (although they now hail from Glen Allen, VA). Perhaps some of our long-time members will recognize some of the dealers on this list.

Dealer City & State       Dealer City & State
Arlene Harty Barrington, NH       Happiness Is Richmond, VA
Dennis & Faith Wong Fall River, MA       The Hazens Rockville, CT
Mary Thompson East Meadow, NY       Ann's Collectibles Massapequa Park, NY
Dick & Paula Kellar Dauphin, PA       Pauline R. Williams Johnston, RI
Johanna Bauer Livingston, NJ       Arlene M. Showalter Doylestown, OH
Minnewaska Trading Post Kerhonkson, NY       Ellen & David Lerman Lincoln Park, NJ
Patrick H. McGrain Antioch, TN       Rosewood Antiques Wheaton, MD
Olga Babyak Redlands, CA       Martha L. Seifert Silver Springs, MD
Gage's Glasstiques Hyattsville, MD       Mary Pool Fairfax, VA
Don Eisenberg New Rochelle, NY       Elliotts' Antiques Harrisburg, PA
Maxine's Antiques Dudley, MA       Celestine Walker Rahway, NJ