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NDGA Convention 2007 - Modesto, California

The 33rd annual National Depression Glass Association Convention was held on July 7-8, 2007, in Modesto, California. The last time the National Depression Glass Association held a convention in California was 1981 in San Diego, so collectors in California were pleased to have this opportunity to attend the Convention and Sale.

Centre Plaza Ed Staley As an added bonus, Yosemite National Park is about a 70 mile drive east of Modesto. This park is one of the nation's oldest (established in 1890) and contains giant sequoias, waterfalls, towering rock formations and alpine meadows. It is certainly worth the hour's drive from Modesto, if you have extra time.

All Convention events were held at the Modesto Centre Plaza. The Convention Chairman for this year was Ed Staley (at right), a local Modesto businessman. Ed and his wife Carol have an extensive glass collection, consisting of well over 9,000 pieces.

"Early Bird" Session

On Saturday morning, there was an "Early Bird" session, with the doors opening at 8:00am and continuing until 10:00am. There was an extra charge to attend the "Early Bird" session as follows:

General admission was $8 per person, beginning at 10:00am.

NDGA Annual Meeting

The Annual General Membership Meeting was held in conjunction with the Convention. It began at 5:30pm on Saturday and lasted about two hours. Election results were announced, and Kent Washburn was re-elected as President, Carol McEwen as Secretary and the newly elected Board Members were: Ann Stoetzer, Mike Morris, Sarah Van Dalsem and Jean Spalding.

It was announced during the meeting that there were three resignations from the Board of Directors: Jim Rose, Vice President; Dorothy Fletcher, Board Member; and Ann Stoetzer, Board Member. The Board met on Sunday morning and unanimously approved the following replacements for the above individuals: Bert Kennedy will serve out Jim Rose's 1-year term as Vice President. Fred Meyer will serve out Dorothy Fletcher's 1-year term as Board Member. And Carolyn Robinson will serve out Ann Stoetzer's 2-year term as Board Member.

In addition, the NDGA Historian, C. Pat Ervin, resigned his position, with Leegh Wyse taking over. Rosemary Trietsch was named the newsletter editor, replacing Dean Lowry, who was congratulated for a job well done over the past year.

Silent Auction

We once again had a "silent auction", to raise money for the National Glass Collection. We will continue this fund-raising project in future years. Donations of good quality glass items for the auction were be accepted during set-up on Thursday and Friday until Noon. The silent auction produced a little more than $400.00 for the National Glass Collection.

Seminars and Speakers

There were four seminars presented in Modesto, and some very interesting topics were discussed. Several seminars overlap one another, but all seminars were repeated on Saturday and Sunday. Here are the topics and speakers:

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. In Modesto, the Morgantown Collectors, Indiana Glass Society, Fostoria Glass Collectors of Southern California, National Imperial Glass Society, International Depression Glass Club of Sacramento, CA, and the Historical Glass Museum of Redlands, CA, took advantage of this opportunity. Each organization was able to distribute membership information and sell literature and souvenir items at the Show. In addition, we had representation from the Antiques & Collectibles National Association, offering collectors and dealers their special insurance policies.

Glass Displays

Each year at the Convention, collectors share their personal collections of glass and pottery with the rest of us. It is often the only opportunity that we have to see some of the rare and unusual items that are in private collections. Here is the full list of displays presented at Modesto. Click on the thumbnail picture to see a larger version.

PhotoDisplay ContentExhibitor(s)Home Town
American Sweetheart American Sweetheart Jim & Dottie Kimball Playa del Rey, California
Avon Cape Cod Ruby Cape Cod Kent Washburn San Antonio, Texas
Fostoria orchid Vernon Fostoria Orchid Vernon Janine Bender Pebble Beach, California
Fostoria American Fostoria American Sharon Ervin Sycamore, Illinois
Fostoria Vases Fostoria Vases Gary Schneider Whittier, California
Fostoria blue Coin Fostoria Blue Coin John Clements Portland, Oregon
American Barware American Barware Alex Guzman Talent, Oregon
Cambridge willow blue Cleo Cambridge Cleo Richard Tony Nettell Lafayette, California
Cambridge Apple Blossom Cambridge Apple Blossom Richard Tony Nettell Lafayette, California
Depression Ice Buckets Depression Era Ice Buckets Cindy Hornback Modesto, California
Jadeite Collection Jadeite Dolores Cotham Roseville, California
Indiana Console Sets Indiana Console Sets Dean Lowry Houston, Texas
Paden City Party Line Paden City Party Line Michael Krumme Los Angeles, California
Heisey Ridgeleigh Heisey's Ridgeleigh Sue Hill Santa Cruz, California
West Virginia Orange glass Orange Glass made in West Virginia Kent Washburn San Antonio, Texas
National Glass Collection National Glass Collection Sarah Van Dalsem Acquisitions Committee member
National Glass Collection National Glass Collection Linda Bredengerd Acquisitions Committee Chairperson
Historical Glass Museum Historical Glass Museum Frank Herendeen Redlands, California

List of Participating Dealers

Here is the list of 33 dealers who participated in the Convention in Modesto. As you can see, there were top-quality dealers from thirteen states attending and exhibiting glass for sale at the Modesto Convention. This was a rare opportunity for you to see items from dealers who rarely travel to the west coast.

Exhibitor Name(s)Home Town Exhibitor Name(s)Home Town
Linda & David Adams Las Vegas NV Robert Henicksman Ilwaco WA
Rick Bakkum Buffalo MO Betty & Dale Bass Phoenix AZ
Joanne & Dale Bender Pebble Beach CA Dale & Betty Buersmeyer Pacific MO
Elizabeth Coome Ventura Brentwood CA Rose & James Curnutt Western Spring IL
Penny & Elliot Drucker Reno NV Victor & Seray Elliot Fairfield CA
Pat & Sharon Ervin Sycamore IL Dovie & John Fields Independence MO
Kevin & Kathy Flynn Pebble Beach CA Gary Geiselman York PA
Arlene Goldberg Greenwood Village CO Melanie & Ron Hildreth Corona CA
Helen Jones Berkley Springs WV Donna & Bert Kennedy Balch Springs TX
Carol McEwen Wichita KS Fred & Pam Meyer McKinney TX
Max Miller Houston TX Jack Peacock Winston-Salem NC
Becki Ray Centrallia WA Penny Reed Des Moines IA
Jane & John Schleinzer Aurora IL Ann Stoetzer Glendale AZ
Cecil & Sharyn Taylor Irving TX Mary & Ed Walker La Quinta CA
John & Janet Wilkinson El Cajon CA Kent Washburn San Antonio TX
Leegh & Michael Wyse Corvallis OR Dwayne & Barbara Johnson Aurora OR
Ms Lee Briggeman Fertile IA