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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.