New Bedford Glass Symposium: Glass from the City of Light

September 13-15, 2012

Thank you to all presenters and participants for joining us at this event. Hope to see you again in the near future.

New Bedford was known as the “City of Light” for the lamp oil generated by its extensive whaling industry. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the city added a second claim to the title through its production of beautiful glass lighting, including the renowned Pairpoint “puffy” and reverse-painted table lamps. Today this glass, together with art glass made locally by the Mt. Washington Glass Company, is celebrated around the world.

Please join us to hear recognized authorities discuss the remarkable legacy of New Bedford glass, review its finest examples, learn the latest in market values, and enjoy a splendid weekend of presentations, fine food, and activities.


All events are at the New Bedford Whaling Museum unless otherwise specified.

Thursday, September 13

6:00 p.m.    Opening Reception
6:30 p.m.    Lecture – Jane Shadel Spillman – “New Bedford Glass in Corning” – followed by a book signing
Friday, September 14

10:00 a.m.   Visit to the New Bedford Museum of Glass – Kirk Nelson – Gallery Tour
12:00 p.m.   Lunch break (on own)
2:00 p.m.     Annual Meeting of the Mt. Washington & Pairpoint Glass Society
3:15 p.m.      Lecture – Jill Thomas-Clark – “Crown Pairpoint: The French Connection”
5:30 p.m.     Glass Gallery opening – Glass from the City of Light
Saturday, September 15

8:30 a.m.     Bus departs from the NBWM for the 25th Annual Antique & Collectible Glass Show & Sale sponsored by the Sandwich Glass Museum
3:00 p.m.    Lecture – Laura A. Coffin – “Mt. Washington’s Lava (“Sicilian”) Glass”
4:00 p.m.    Lecture – Marion & Sandra Frost – “Pairpoint Research Goes Digital”
6:00 p.m.    Cocktail Reception
7:00 p.m.    Dinner


$225.00 for members of NBWM, NBMOG and MWPGS / $250.00 for nonmembers  (Includes all events and fees) or $25. 00 per lecture  
$75.00 for Saturday Dinner and Auction only

Click here to register online. Payments may be made by check via US mail or at the door.

Checks should be made out to New Bedford Whaling Museum and mailed to: New Bedford Glass Symposium, New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA 02740

Special room rates are available for Glass Symposium attendees at the Fairfield Inn and Suites New Bedford, 185 MacArthur Drive, New Bedford, MA 02740. Tel. (774) 634-2000, Reservation Reference no. NBG

Sponsored by the New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford Museum of Glass, and Mt. Washington & Pairpoint Glass Society.