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NDGA Convention 2003 - Claremore, OK

Expo Center The twenty-ninth annual NDGA Convention and Glass Show was held July 11 through 13, and was sponsored by the "Greater Tulsa Depression Era Glass Club", a very active organization in the Tulsa area. By Acclamation at the Annual Meeting of NDGA members, the 2003 Convention was dedicated to J. R. Johnston, President of the Greater Tulsa Depression Era Glass Club, and also the current Treasurer of the NDGA. The Convention Chairperson was Ed Lodes. The location of the Convention for 2003 was the Claremore Expo Center, shown at right. Claremore is located north and east of Tulsa, OK, just off Interstate 44.

At the start of the Show on Sunday, President Washburn announced that a piece of glass was purchased for the National Glass Collection in honor of Mr. Lodes. Here is a photograph of the presentation of the Federal Glass Company cobalt 8½" "Heritage" bowl. It is anticipated that in future years, each show Chairman will be similarly honored. Our thanks go to Ed for an outstanding job.

Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of NDGA members was held on Friday night, prior to the Show Preview. This year's meeting was particularly meaningful, as there was a parade of members coming forward to make presentations of glass to the National Glass Collection. Donations were made in memory of a number of members who passed away since the last Convention, and in memory and in honor of loved ones of NDGA members.

Nick Ochs presented a check to the "Pam Ochs Endowment Fund" whose purpose is to purchase glass for our National Glass Collection. The Ochs fund was created by friends of Nick's late wife. Kent Washburn announced that his mother was initiating the "Kent Washburn Endowment Fund" for the purpose of maintaining the National Glass Collection (this covers mundane matters such as storage rental, etc. - not glamorous but very necessary).

Saturday Evening Banquet with Entertainment

There was a wonderful Banquet with entertainment on Saturday night at the Rogers State University, a short distance from the Convention site. The entertainment featured a locally developed comedy show entitled "The Witty World of Will Rogers" by Gene McFall (with the assistance of the Oklahoma Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts). Quite an appropriate piece of entertainment in the home town of the noted humorist, and Gene's material, all taken from Will Rogers' original comedy was still very relevant and very funny, even though it is nearly 70 years since Will Rogers died. We also had "Big Band Era" music from the Jim Tanner Big Band. The food was good, too !

Seminars and Speakers

There were two very interesting seminars presented in Claremore:

In addition to the above formal seminars, Jackie Wendt had a wonderful display of "Reproduction Depression Glass", and she put on what amounted to a continuous "seminar" for anyone who stopped by her display and wanted to learn more. Reproductions are an increasing problem for collectors of depression glass (they're getting better and harder to identify!) and Jackie's presentation was well received by those who attended the Convention.

Guest Authors

There were three guest authors at the Convention. These folks have spent a great deal of time putting together information that helps us all know more about the glass that we love.

National Glass Organizations

There were tables set up for three National Organizations this year: the Fostoria Glass Society, the Old Morgantown Glass Collectors Guild and the National Cambridge Collectors. We encourage all of the National Glass Organizations to participate in the NDGA Convention, and we provide a table, on a space available basis, for any of the National Glass Organizations who wish to attend and staff a table to promote their group.

Glass and Pottery Displays

There were 26 tables of glass and pottery, plus the glass that was donated to the National Collection, on display at the Convention. Lots of goodies to see, shared with us by fellow NDGA members. Thanks to Scott Smith for coordinating this year's displays. The table below lists many of the displays. Click on the "thumbnail" photograph to see a larger version.

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Roseville Pottery Mike Thompson Roseville
Paden City Glass Co. Bill Walker Paden City
Paden City Glass Co. Bill Walker Paden City
Cambridge Ball Jugs Jeannie & Freeman Moore Ball Jugs
Fostoria Wisteria Milbra Long Wisteria
U.S. Glass Company Signs Penny Drucker Signs
Rare Glass Table NDGA Members Rare Glass
Reproductions Jackie Wendt Reproductions
Reproductions Jackie Wendt Reproductions
Cherry Blossom Raymond & Shirley Wagoner Cherry Blossom
Candy Containers Raymond & Shirley Wagoner Candy Containers
Green Parrot Scott Smith Green Parrot
Blue June Jennifer & Scott Smith Blue June
Crown Collection J.R. Johnston Fostoria Crowns
Cameo Green Jennifer Smith Green Cameo
Hazel-Atlas Colonial Ken Sloan Colonial
Formal Table Setting Mike & Gina Lodes Formal Table
Formal Table Setting (closeup) Mike & Gina Lodes Formal Table closeup

List of Participating Dealers

Here is the list of the dealers who brought their best glass to Claremore. These dealers come from all over the country and many of these folks have been doing the NDGA Convention for years and years. There are a few new faces as well, and we appreciated their efforts on behalf of the NDGA membership.

Business Name Name(s) Home Town
Our House Antiques Linda & David Adams Las Vegas, NV
Helen Allen Helen & Gene Allen Overland Park, KS
Betty & Dale's Antiques Betty & Dale Bass Phoenix, AZ
John & Judy's John & Judy Bine St. Charles, MO
No Horse Antiques Sandi & Dennis Boone Aledo, IL
B. Canine Byron & Barbara Canine Anderson, IN
Iron Kettle Bob & Betty Conner Augusta, KS
The Walnut Mercantile Co. Larry Cook Walnut, IA
Kitschy Cat Collectibles James & Rose Curnutt Western Springs, IL
Lots Of Strange Things Jim & Margaret Davis Springfield, IL
Mother Drucker's Penny & Elliott Drucker Irvine, CA
Rae Patrick Enterprises C. Patrick & Sharon C. Ervin Sycamore, IL
Past Reflections Melanie & Ron Hildreth West Covina, CA
Blue Dart Bert & Donna Kennedy Balch Springs, TX
Purdy Glass Janet & Wendell Martin Mt. Orab, OH
McEwen's Extras Carol & Julian McEwen Wichita KS
Max Miller Antiques Max Miller Houston, TX
Art & Shirley Moore Shirley & Art Moore Tulsa, OK
Becki's Dish Palace Becki Ray Seattle, WA
Penny Renner Antiques Penny Renner Crystal River, FL
White Rose Antiques Carolyn & Glen Robinson York, SC
Don& Jane Rogers Don & Jane Rogers Wentzville, MO
J.S. Antiques Jane & John Schleinzer Aurora, IL
Dr Bob's Antiques Judy & Bob Schmidgall Arkadelphia, AR
Rose Garden Collectibles Jean & Lee Spalding Wichita, KS
Happiness Is Buddy & Kathy Stultz Glen Allen, VA
A Touch Of Glass Larry & Barb Taylor Las Vegas, NV
Second Time Around Donna & Jay Upham Xenia, OH
The Glass Chalet William & Sandra Walker Oradell, NJ
Glass & More Leonette & Carl Walls Gardendale, AL
Kent Washburn Antiques Kent Washburn San Antonio, TX
L & M Glassware Leegh & Michael Wyse Corvallis, OR