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Learn About Depression-Era Glassware

Local expert offers seminar on Aug. 2 at Gorge Heritage Museum

In conjunction with the current visiting exhibit of Depression Glass, now on display, a seminar on the glassware will be presented by Maryann Stembrigde on Saturday, Aug. 2, at 2 p.m. at the Gorge Heritage Museum in Bingen.

All of her collection has been found in the Gorge area.

Stembridge will offer information on the development of Depression glass and how it has become a prize hobby with many people today.

The term Depression glass refers to American-manufactured, useful glassware, mass-produced in the 1920's through the end of WW II. This glassware was manufactured in many colors, although pink is the most popular, and also in transparent clear.

The glassware was used for promotional activities and saved one company from bankruptcy. Learn about the abundance of patterns, companies involved and the effect of this industry on America.

Manufactured glassware was one of the least expensive items of that era and yet has lasted through today and can be rather expensive. The beauty of the glassware was a boost to the moral of the family during this down time in American history.

Stembridge encourages everyone to bring glass for analyses and discussion. A small donation, a dollar or two, in support of the museum is appreciated.

The West Klickitat County Historical Society, parent for the Gorge Heritage Museum, is accepting memberships at this time.

The annual meeting at which time the by laws revision will be voted on will be held in October when all members are eligible to vote and the new Board of Trustees will be elected.

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