Mission Statement:

The Museum of Fenton Art Glass’s mission is to serve as a champion of preserving and presenting the history of the Fenton Art Glass Company in an effort to keep the company’s contribution to American glass history alive and relevant with the public at large. The Museum collects and preserves artifacts related to the Fenton Art Glass Company and shares these with the public and knowledgeable collectors through informative exhibits and the development of educational opportunities that bridge generations.


Vision Statement:

The Museum seeks to maintain a high-level facility and create associations within the community that will preserve this portion of its history. 
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If you wish to serve on a committee, please contact us at museumoffentonglass@gmail.com

Our next Museum Committee meeting is set for June 14, 2024.
Future home of the Museum of Fenton Art Glass
January 20, 2024

We had some significant activity regarding the Museum this week with the arrival of good news that the legal encumbrances of the sellers were close to being resolved. If all goes well, we should be able to close on the building by the end of February.
The FAGCA Museum Committee sitting as the Board of Directors for the Museum held its first meeting of 2024 yesterday. We discussed many topics that will be covered in more detail within the upcoming issues of the Butterfly Net and Fenton Flyer.
Our next Museum Committee meeting will be held on March 8th.
We will keep you updated with more specific news as things occur and decisions are made. Things are looking up.
February 6, 2024

We have passed more significant milestones in the past several days.
First, yesterday February 5th marked the last day that anyone holding a claim to the church property could raise a legal objection to it being sold. Therefore, the last hurdle has been cleared for us to close on the property.
Second, the FAGCA Board passed a Resolution at their regularly scheduled meeting that formally authorized the purchase of the Riverside church property.
Finally, the FAGCA Board has decided that the museum will be run as an LLC with the FAGCA as its sole member. This will allow the museum to raise funds, along with applying for and receiving grants, all in its own name. The day-to-day operations will be handled by a Board of Managers. Initially, that first Board is slated to be the current Museum Committee.
We are in the process of choosing a developer to build our website and we will soon be deciding on the Museum's logo.
Stay tuned because as things develop we will be posting updates here until the new website is up and running.

February 11. 2024

Though the purchase of the church property has been a trying experience, the real work for creating our museum lies before us. To make this happen we will need your help.
In addition to cash donations, which we will always be seeking, we will be asking for donations of building materials and volunteer labor to help with the buildout. We already have some people on board for this, but more are needed. Cash donations can be made now. At this time checks need to be made out to FAGCA/Museum Fund. Your donations are tax-deductible to the extent the law allows. Please use the DEED OF GIFT FORM on the left sidebar of this page.
In about a year, once the museum is ready to open, we will need volunteers to staff and operate the museum. These volunteers will need to include docents who are trained in the history of the company to guide people who visit us. Ideally, they would be folks who love Fenton and the glass. They do need to be local.
Lastly, we will need glass. As we all know, when the original museum was dissolved, the glass it held was dispersed into the collector wind. The FAGCA has several cabinets of glass including some from Harry Rosenthal's collection that will give us a start. However, that will not be nearly enough. We will be looking for your gifts of museum-quality Fenton glass to share with the world.
As we currently envision it, the museum will be organized from oldest to newest. Therefore we will be looking for glass of every period and type. Please think about what you may be able to provide for the good of Fenton-lovers everywhere.
The Museum Committee thanks you in advance for your thoughtful consideration of what you can do to help us make this the best museum of glass there is.
The Museum of Fenton Art Glass

Update 4
Dave Kingsley

The sellers title deficiency that has required them to go to court to remedy was resolved and the judge that
was overseeing the case has ordered the Riverside Church of Christ property to be sold. This has finally cleared
the path forward for us. As of this writing (3-22-2024) we are waiting for the lawyers to complete the final
work in preparation for closing. Karen Easton. Randy Clark, and CC Hardman met with architect Harley Nolan
on March 21 st . He told us that the walls we want to remove are safe to demo. Once the demo work is done
and the pews are removed, he will revisit the building to see it as a blank slate to better assist us with a layout.
Our most recent Museum Committee meeting was held on March 8th. Everyone was present except Laura
Murphy who was a victim of miscommunication. This meeting started with reviewing our completed budget.
The Fundraising sub-committee (Lorianne Puskarich & Claire Kauffung) presented all their ideas. They settled
on a good array of items that we think will be embraced by collectors. We decided that most of the items are
appropriate for sale through the website when it is ready and at the two conventions. We also decided on the
museum logo which is presented here.
Based on the recommendations of this committee, the FAGCA Board selected TRM of Marietta to build our
website. As soon as we close on the building and the LLC is official, we can have the work started on that.
We discussed having a “Letters from Frank” display area in the museum that will showcase the various letters
that collectors received from him. We will be seeking copies of those from folks so we can rotate the display.
Finally, we discussed & approved the final outline for accepting gifts and loans. It was decided that loans
would be accepted for a minimum period of one museum season tentatively set to run from April 1 st through
October 31 st . Full guidelines will be published soon.
Our next Museum Committee meeting is scheduled for April 5 th , 2024. If you are interested in helping with the
Museum in any capacity, please email fagcainc@cascable.net.

The Museum of Fenton Art Glass

Update 4

Dave Kingsley


The sellers title deficiency that has required them to go to court to remedy was resolved and the judge that was overseeing the case has ordered the Riverside Church of Christ property to be sold. This has finally cleared the path forward for us. As of this writing (3-22-2024) we are waiting for the lawyers to complete the final work in preparation for closing. Karen Easton. Randy Clark, and CC Hardman met with architect Harley Nolan on March 21st. He told us that the walls we want to remove are safe to demo. Once the demo work is done and the pews are removed, he will revisit the building to see it as a blank slate to better assist us with a layout.


Our most recent Museum Committee meeting was held on March 8th. Everyone was present except Laura Murphy who was a victim of miscommunication. This meeting started with reviewing our completed budget. The Fundraising sub-committee (Lorianne Puskarich & Claire Kauffung) presented all their ideas. They settled on a good array of items that we think will be embraced by collectors. We decided that most of the items are appropriate for sale through the website when it is ready and at the two conventions. We also decided on the museum logo which is presented here.

Based on the recommendations of this committee, the FAGCA Board selected TRM of Marietta to build our website. As soon as we close on the building and the LLC is official, we can have the work started on that. 

We discussed having a “Letters from Frank” display area in the museum that will showcase the various letters that collectors received from him. We will be seeking copies of those from folks so we can rotate the display. Finally, we discussed & approved the final outline for accepting gifts and loans. It was decided that loans would be accepted for a minimum period of one museum season tentatively set to run from April 1st through October 31st. Full guidelines will be published soon.

Our next Museum Committee meeting is scheduled for April 5th, 2024. If you are interested in helping with the Museum in any capacity, please email fagcainc@cascable.net.
Below: photo of Fenton Art Glass factory with line overlayment drawing of new school. 
* The starburst indicates the approximate location of our new museum.
Fenton Art Glass factory with new school overlayment
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