(NEW BEDFORD, Mass.) – Mt. Washington and Pairpoint glass experts, collectors and fans will gather for the New Bedford Glass Symposium at the Whaling Museum, September 13-15. The event features three days of activities, including the opening of a new permanent glass gallery.

The symposium kicks off on Thursday, September 13 at 6:30 p.m. with a lecture titled “New Bedford Glass in Corning” presented by Jane Shadel Spillman.  A reception and book signing in the Jacobs Family Gallery at 6:00 p.m. precedes the lecture.

Jane Shadel Spillman is Curator of American glass at The Corning Museum of Glass. The author of numerous articles and books, Ms. Spillman recently curated the 2011 Mt. Washington and Pairpoint exhibition at Corning. She is secretary of the International Association for the History of Glass and editor of The Glass Club Bulletin for the National American Glass Club.

Friday events include a tour to the New Bedford Museum of Glass with NBMOG president Kirk Nelson, the annual meeting of the Mt. Washington & Pairpoint Glass Society, and a lecture at 3:15 p.m. by Jill Thomas-Clark, titled  “Crown Pairpoint: The French Connection” in the Cook Memorial Theater. Ms. Thomas-Clark is Rights and Reproductions Manager at the Rakow Research Library, Corning Museum of Glass. The day concludes with the opening at 5:30 p.m. of a new permanent glass gallery, “Glass from the City of Light,” guest-curated by Kirk Nelson, and sponsored by the Leonard S. and Hilda Kaplan Charitable Foundation.

Saturday events include an 8:30 a.m. field trip to the 25th Annual Antique & Collectible Glass Show & Sale sponsored by the Sandwich Glass Museum.

At 3:00 p.m. Laura Coffin will present an illustrated lecture titled “Mt. Washington’s Lava (“Sicilian”) Glass.” Laura A. Coffin is assistant director, New Bedford Museum of Glass. She has published several articles on glass topics and serves as Co-Seminar Liaison for the National American Glass Club.

At 4:00 p.m. Marion & Sandra Frost will present “Pairpoint Research Goes Digital.” Marion and Sandra Frost are authors of “The Comprehensive Guide to Pairpoint Glass: Shapes and Patterns” and “The Essence of Pairpoint.”

A cocktail reception at 6:00 p.m. in the Jacobs Family Gallery will be followed by dinner at 7:00 p.m. and a public auction of period glass at 8:00 p.m.

Registration: $225.00 for members of NBWM, NBMOG and MWPGS / $250.00 for nonmembers (Includes all events and fees) or $25 per lecture. $75.00 for Saturday Dinner and Auction only. To register: www.whalingmuseum.org or call (508) 997-0046, ext. 100.

The New Bedford Glass Symposium is sponsored by the New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford Museum of Glass, and Mt. Washington & Pairpoint Glass Society

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of whales, whaling and the cultural history of the region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. For events: www.whalingmuseum.org.