Dear Fellow Members,
The Museum is off to a strong start for the 2022 season, and we have a packed schedule of activities planned throughout the year. We began with a Harmony Presents concert titled "Jazz for Glass" in the Museum on April 23. Proceeds from this special event were donated by the Harmony Presents Foundation to the Museum, and we are grateful for this very generous financial support for the Museum. The Wayne County Arts Alliance also held their juried student art show in the Museum on April 22-24. We were pleased to see the return of this special in-person event after a two-year hiatus due to COVID. And on May 6, we hosted the opening of an Art Show and Sale in the Museum by noted regional artist and long-time friend Juan Espino. This show features twelve exciting new works by Mr. Espino of the gardens surrounding The Settlers Inn in Hawley, PA, the architecture of Scranton, PA, and new additions to Mr. Espino's ongoing "Lighthouse" series of lighthouses across America. Juan is generously donating a portion of the sale proceeds from the show to support the Museum, and we are grateful for this support from Juan and Millie Espino. The Art Show and Sale will be on view at the Museum through May 26. You don't want to miss it.
We have also opened two exciting new exhibits in the Museum. The first, "Ulysses S. Grant", celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of President Grant. The exhibit features examples of the Dorflinger glassware purchased by the Grants for the 1874 White House wedding of their daughter Nellie, porcelains used by the Grants in the White House, and memorabilia related to the Grant White House years and their subsequent World Tour. Most of the objects in this exhibit are on loan from an extensive private collection, and are rarely seen. The second exhibit, "Dorflinger Color!", showcases an extensive collection of glass made by Dorflinger in color. Glass in color was difficult to make and relatively rare. The exhibit brings together some of the finest examples of Dorflinger craftsmanship, including many examples from four private collections. This is another rare opportunity to see so many fine examples of Dorflinger glass brought together in one place.
This Sunday, May 15, is the kick-off of our annual Walter B. Barbe Memorial Lecture Series, and we begin with a talk on Dorflinger glass in color. The lecture will be followed by a guided tour of our new exhibit. We have a total of eleven lectures planned for this year on a variety of interesting historical and cultural topics by a group of outstanding speakers. The lectures begin at 2:00 PM on Sunday afternoons. The attached 2022 Schedule of Events includes full details on our lecture series as well as our other planned events and activities. As in the past, our lectures are open to the public. This year, we have added a $5.00 admission charge for the lectures for nonmembers; there is no charge for Museum members. The lecture charge includes free admission to the Museum.
We will again be hosting a one-dealer Glass Show and Sale in the Museum on Memorial Day weekend. Franz Hellwig, one of the leading American Brilliant Period cut glass dealers, will offer an extensive assortment of Dorflinger glass as well as glass produced by other companies in the area, including J.S. O'Connor and T.B. Clark. Franz's show last year was a big success, and we are delighted to have him back again this year. Details regarding the show are included in the attached Calendar of Events. If you are looking to begin collecting or are an advanced Dorflinger collector, there will be something at this show for you.
On June 4, the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance will hold a special event at the Museum. The DVAA is located in nearby Narrowsburg, NY, and this is their first event in Pennsylvania. The event will include guided tours of the Museum and glass blowing demonstrations by the Keystone College mobile glassblowing studio. June 4 will mark the first time that glass blowing has taken place at the Dorflinger factory in just over 100 years. How exciting is that? This is a ticketed event and tickets can be purchased from DVAA. Further information can be found on their website at www.dvaa.org. Please note that the Museum will be closed to the public on June 4 due to this special event.
We have other special exhibits and events planned throughout the year, including our annual Dorflinger White Mills Brilliant Weekend at the end of September, so please join us at the Museum this summer and fall. We look forward to seeing you.
Founder and Director
Wayne County Genealogy Group Resumes Meetings
After not meeting since 2019 due to COVID-19, the Wayne County Genealogy Group is attempting to revitalize and will hold a meeting on Thursday, May 26th, at 4:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Wayne County Historical Society’s Main Museum at 810 Main Street in Honesdale, PA, next to the post office. It will last about an hour, admission is free, and masks are optional.
Come join us if you ever thought you might be interested in researching the history of your family or even if you’re just curious to find out what it’s all about. If you’ve been to genealogy meetings in past years, you may see familiar faces and new ones as well. If you are interested but can’t attend this meeting, please email email@example.com.
Wayne County Historical Society
810 Main Street, PO Box 446
Honesdale, PA 18431
Phone: 570-253-3240, ext. 4