The museum will be open during regular business hours of 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The museum is open Thursdays-Saturdays.
The Wellington Depression Glass Museum is back open for its newest season this weekend. Marlene Hanson, Director of the Museum, spoke to us Friday afternoon about the newest display in the front window. The museum was back open starting Friday. They were there until 4:00 p.m. Treats and refreshments served. The museum is open Thursdays-Saturday’s. The museum is located at 117 South Washington in Wellington.
The new display in the window is Lancaster Glass. It comes from Lancaster, Ohio. The museum has over fifty tubs of it. The Lancaster Glass Company started in 1908, before it merged with other companies in the following decades. Glass was produced in both the Victorian and Depression eras. It finally closed its doors for good in 1962. The pieces that were donated to the museum came from the collection of John P. Zastowney, who lives near Salt Lake City, Utah, and wrote a book about Lancaster glass. Representatives from the museum traveled to see the collection and brought over 60 tubs of the Lancaster glass back to Wellington.
Marlene pointed out that, “the gift shop is full of Fenton, Westmoreland, and Lancaster glass to sell. We also have Carnival glass for sale.”
She went on to mention that, “We will be having video seminars on glass from the past on March 23rd from 1:00-3:00 p.m at the museum. The first one will be Jadeite. We will have examples of the glass for people to look at and have a lively discussion. We will have the originals and reproductions. We will have them once a month, and feature some type of glass. This will be held in the back of the museum. It will likely be a 30-minute video. We are going to participate in April in the Lady’s night out. We will be showing jewelry made from depression glass for sale. We would like to have an ice cream social, but have not selected a date yet. In May, we will have a tea.”
Marlene was proud to say, “We have had the largest visitor attendance last year, and hope to build on it this year.”
The museum is coming up on its seventh year in operation.”
“We have expanded our contents to showcase over the years. We are always looking for volunteers, for half a day, full day, or one day a month.”
She concluded by saying, We close in January and February to clean and keep the cobwebs at bay. We clean every piece of glass. We are keepers of history, keepers of the past.”