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NDGA Convention 2004 - Council Bluffs, Iowa

Crowd waiting for show to openThe 30th Annual NDGA Convention and Glass Show was held in Council Bluffs, Iowa, July 9-11, 2004. The sponsoring club was the Iowa Depression Glass Club, of Des Moines, Iowa, and the club members were just wonderful in their support of the Convention. The Convention Chairperson was Jeff Settell, a former NDGA President and also a former Convention Co-Chairman (Des Moines, 1996). The location of the Convention for 2004 was the Mid-America Center, situated where Interstates 29 & 80 cross, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Across the Missouri River is Omaha, Nebraska. Things started off well, with a large crowd waiting at the doors for the Glass Show portion of the Convention to open. The waiting line snaked around the large lobby of the Mid-America Center, as you can see from the photograph.

Convention Happenings

The Annual Meeting kicked off the Convention on Friday, July 9th, with the Show Preview party following the meeting. The Convention and Show continued on Saturday and Sunday, July 10-11. During the meeting, the membership was shown quite a few items that were donated to the National Collection at the Convention. It is not possible to show all of the individual donations, many of which are lined up on the table behind Larry Cook (who did his best "Vanna White" imitation while showing off the donated glass). Nick Ochs presented a check to President Washburn to complete the funding of the Pam Ochs Endowment Fund which provides for acquisitions to the National Glass Collection. Jim and Nancy Finley of Sedalia, MO, made a nice donation to the Washburn Endowment Fund, and Mr. Washburn himself added enough to fully fund this endowment which provides for the maintenance and upkeep of the National Glass Collection. And in keeping with a tradition first established in Claremore in 2003, President Washburn displayed the piece of blue "Tulip" that was purchased for the National Glass Collection in honor of Jeff Settell, Convention Chairman for this year.

River City StarThe Banquet on Saturday night, July 10, was a night to remember. The banquet was held on the River City Star riverboat, during a two-hour cruise on the Missouri River. The food was good, and there was plenty of it, and although it was a bit humid, everyone stepped outside on the deck and enjoyed the scenery as we cruised the Missouri.

Seminars and Speakers

There were four Seminars presented at Convention 2004. The seminar topics and speakers were:

In addition to the above formal Seminars, Jackie Wendt returned this year with her display of reproductions and original pieces. During the Convention, Jackie stayed with the display and gave impromptu "seminars" to anyone who was interested. You were able to see the "repro" and the original side by side and compare and contrast them. The Glass Society of Wisconsin provided additional money to add to the already impressive display. This was a wonderful opportunity to learn about the increased problem of "Depression Glass" reproductions.

National Glass Organizations

We encourage all of the National Glass Organizations to participate in the NDGA Convention, and will provide space (conditions permitting) for any of the National Glass Organizations who wish to attend and staff a table to promote their group. The National Cambridge Collectors were the only national organization to take advantage of this opportunity this year, to distribute membership information and sell literature and souvenir items at the Show.

Glass and Pottery Displays

Each year at the Convention, collectors share their personal collections of glass and pottery with the rest of us. This year's exhibits were certainly spectacular. The displays are one of the best reasons to attend the NDGA Convention. You often see very rare pieces exhibited - items you'll probably never run into for sale. Thanks be to Kathryn Orr for coordinating this year's displays. Here is a list of the displays seen in Council Bluffs:

Each of these displays represent a theme for each month of the year
Month Occasion Exhibitor Name(s) Display content Photograph
January New Year’s Day Michael Onstank
Ankeny, IA
Opalescent Moonstone Moonstone
February Valentines Day Jeff Settell
Ankeny, IA
Pink American Sweetheart American Sweetheart
March St. Patrick’s Day Linda Bredengerd
Wichita, KS
Green Sierra Sierra
April Easter Kathryn Orr
West Des Moines, IA
Pink Dogwood Dogwood
May May Day Linda Bredengerd
Wichita, KS
Pink Mayfair Mayfair
June Fathers’ Day Larry Baker & Don Barber
North Kansas City, MO
20's Blue Art Glass Blue Glass
July 4th of July Leegh & Michael Wyse
Corvalis, OR
Red Rock Crystal Rock Crystal
August Summer Fun Kathryn Orr
West Des Moines, IA
Crystal Sunburst Sunburst
September Harvest Moon Larry Cook
Meriden, KS
Old gold Octagon Octagon
October Halloween Michael Onstank
Ankeny, IA
Black/yellow/crystal Cloverleaf Cloverleaf
November Thanksgiving Jeff Settell
Ankeny, IA
Riviera Riviera
December Christmas Rose & Jim Curnett
Western Springs, IL
Teal Christmas Candy Christmas Candy


Additional Displays for your enjoyment
Display content Exhibitor Name(s) Photograph
Overall Display view
National Glass Collection
items donated this year
NDGA Inc. Donations to NDGA
Closer view of half the display
National Glass Collection
NDGA Inc. Donations to NDGA
Closer view of half the display
National Glass Collection
NDGA Inc. Donations to NDGA
Glass Company mold for a small item
National Glass Collection
NDGA Inc. Glass Mold
Cambridge yellow Apple Blossom Pam and Jim Rose
Bartlesville, OK
Apple Blossom
Tiffin black satin glass Sharon and Pat Ervin
Sycamore, IL
Black Satin glass
Fostoria ice buckets Jo Davis
Shawnee, OK
Ice Buckets
Amethyst Moondrops Judy and Bob Schmidgall
Arkadelphia, AR
Moondrops
Reproductions Jackie Wendt
Franklin, WI
Reproductions
Fostoria azure Kashmir Jeff Settell
Ankeny, IA
Kashmir blue
Duncan & Miller blue Carribean Mary-Anna Denton
Waverly, IA
Carribean
Swanky Swigs Alma Shell
Madrid, IA
Swanky Swigs
New Martinsville Janice Becky Ballantyne
West Des Moines, IA
Janice blue
Paden City Gazebo Becky Ballantyne
West Des Moines, IA
Gazebo
Hazel Atlas Ovide Ken Sloan
Chicago, IL
Ovide
Hocking's yellow Cameo Lynnette Chapman
Des Moines, IA
Cameo
Tumble ups Carol & Julian McEwen
Wichita, KS
Tumble Ups

List of Participating Dealers

Here is the list of the 32 participating dealers who exhibited glass for sale at this year's Convention. They came from all across the country, from California to Virginia, Oregon to Texas, and all points in between. Barb and Larry Taylor, of Las Vegas, NV, announced that they were retiring from shows and this was their last NDGA show. We all wish them well in their retirement.

Dealer Name(s) Business Name City & State
Adams, Linda & David Our House Antiques Las Vegas, NV
Allen, Helen & Gene Helen Allen Overland Park, KS
Bass, Betty & Dale Betty and Dale's Antiques Phoenix, AZ
Bine, Judy & John John & Judy's Troy, MO
Boone, Sandy & Dennis No Horse Antiques Aledo, IL
Conner, Betty & Bob Iron Kettle Augusta, KS
Cook, Larry Walnut Merchantile Meriden, KS
Curnutt, Rose & Jim Kitschy Cat Collectibles Western Springs, IL
Curtis, Jo & Bill Line Camp Antiques Amarillo, TX
Drucker, Penny & Elliott Mother Drucker's Irvine, CA
Ervin, Sharon & Pat Rae Patrick Enterprises Sycamore, IL
Fields, Dovie & John John Fields Independence, MO
Geiselman, Gary Grandma's China Closet Washington DC
Hildreth, Melanie & Ron Past Reflections West Covina, CA
Kennedy, Donna & Bert Blue Dart Mesquite, TX
Martin, Janet & Wendell Janet Martin Mt. Orab, OH
McEwen, Carol & Julian McEwen's Extras Wichita, KS
Miller, Max Max Miller Antiques Houston, TX
Moore, Shirley & Art Shirley Moore Tulsa, OK
Peacock, Jack Jack Peacock Winston-Salem, NC
Ray, Becki Becki's Dish Palace Seattle, WA
Renner, Penny Penny Renner Elkhart, IN
Robinson, Carolyn & Glen White Rose Antiques York, SC
Rogers, Jane & Don D & J Glassware Wentzville, MO
Schleinzer, Jane & John JS Antiques Aurora, IL
Schmidgall, Judy & Bob Dr. Bob's Antiques Arkadelphia, AR
Stultz, Kathy & Buddy Happiness Is Glen Allen, VA
Taylor, Barb & Larry A Touch of Glass Las Vegas, NV
Taylor, Sharyn & Cecil Cecil Taylor Irving, TX
Walker, Sandra & William The Glass Chalet Cleburne, TX
Washburn, Kent Kent Washburn Antiques San Antonio, TX
Wyse, Leegh & Michael L & M Glassware Corvallis, OR