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Past NDGA National Conventions

Every year, the NDGA holds a Convention concurrently with a Depression Era Glass Show and Sale. The location changes each year, so that members can have the opportunity to attend a Convention in their geographical area. The show is often sponsored by a local Depression Glass Club, whose members make the necessary arrangements for a facility, tables, parking, lodging and a whole lot more. Generally, there are about 32 top quality show dealers participating in the show, and they bring their "best" for this event.

The Convention usually lasts two days. There is always a short (hopefully) members-only business meeting in which Club Officers who were elected for the coming year are introduced to the members. This meeting has taken place in the past on Friday or Saturday, depending upon the particular year.

American Sweetheart Monax platter During the Glass Show hours on Saturday and Sunday there are various speakers who present seminars that last about an hour, on all sorts of topics related to Glass, specific Manufacturers, or even specific patterns from a single Manufacturer. There is always something for everyone to learn from the speakers, who are all volunteering their time and expertise for the NDGA.

Finally, there are the displays, which are also provided by Club members from their private collections. Often the NDGA Convention is the only place where you will ever see some of the rarest pieces of Depression Era glassware, when these private collectors share their treasures with the rest of us. Convention is an event not to be missed, if you can at all make it.

Past NDGA Convention sites

Here is a list of the places where the NDGA Annual Convention has been held over the years. Click on the listed cities to see more information regarding those conventions. Regretfully, we cannot provide pictures from all past conventions. Indeed, many of them were held before the Internet and Digital Cameras and and "surfing the web" were part of the everyday vernacular. But it is nice to see the long history of this organization, reflected in over thirty continuous years of holding an annual Convention and Show.

We are attempting to accumulate as much information as we can on past Conventions. Some of the information in the links below comes from the programs for the Conventions, and not all programs provided the same amount of details. Other information came from past issues of the News & Views. Still, some information is better than none at all, and as more details come to the webmaster, it will be added to our web site. Remember, this site is for all members, so if you have anything to contribute which will add to the information below, please contact the

2017   Wellington, KS
2016   Tiffin, OH
2015   Kansas City, MO
2014   Wellington, KS
2013   Wellington, KS
2012   Kokomo, IN
2011   San Antonio, TX
2010   Wichita, KS
2009   Danbury, CT
2008   St. Charles, MO
2007   Modesto, CA
2006   Waxahachie, TX
2005   Waxahachie, TX
2004   Council Bluffs, IA
2003   Claremore, OK
2002   Lee's Summit, MO
2001   Salem, OR
2000   Denver, CO
1999   Little Rock, AR
1998   San Antonio, TX
1997   New Orleans, LA
1996   Des Moines, IA
1995   Tulsa, OK
1994   Topeka, KS
1993   Little Rock, AR
1992   Tulsa, OK
1991   Little Rock, AR
1990   Tulsa, OK
1989   Chicago, IL
1988   Denver, CO
1987   New Orleans, LA
1986   Springfield, MO
1985   Lakeland, FL
1984   Houston, TX
1983   St. Charles, MO
1982   Denver, CO
1981   San Diego, CA
1980   New Carrolton, MD
1979   Orlando, FL
1978   Kansas City, MO
1977   Buena Park, CA
1976   Oklahoma City, OK
1975   Washington, DC