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Kent State Museum Hosts Glass Expert to Identify and Appraise (06/30/2009)

The Kent State University Museum will present GLASS DISCOVERY DAY on Saturday, July 18, in the Murphy Auditorium from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Dr. James S. Measell, an archivist from Fenton Art Glass, will identify and appraise guests’ glass.  Cost is $10 per person, with a limit of three pieces of American glass. Murphy Auditorium is located in Rockwell Hall, on the corner of Main Street and Lincoln St. on the campus of Kent State University.  Parking is free and reservations are not required. For more information call the Museum at 330-672-3450.

Dr. James S. Measell retired from Wayne State University in1997 to relocate to Southeastern Ohio and work at the Fenton Art Glass Company in Williamstown, W. V. A researcher and writer since the mid-1960s, he has authored volumes on Findlay glass (1986), Northwood glass (1990-91), Dugan-Diamond glass (1993), New Martinsville glass (1994) and L. G. Wright glass (1997) as well as three books devoted to Imperial glass, two books devoted to glass from the Roaring ‘20s/Depression Era, and books on Fenton glass covering the 1980s decade and the 1990s decade. His book Fenton Glass: Especially for QVC was featured on QVC broadcasts in October, 2002. His most recent book, Greentown Glass: A Collectors’ Guide, published by the National Greentown Glass Association, was released in June 2005.

A frequent contributor to Glass Collector’s Digest, Glass and Pottery Collector and other publications devoted to antiques and collectibles, he has lectured to many gatherings organized by museums, glass collectors’ clubs, or other groups. Currently, Jim is serving as guest curator at the Kent State University Museum where his exhibition “Great American Glass: the Roaring ‘20s and Depression Era” is ongoing.

Jim and his wife Brenda live in Marietta, Ohio. Their personal glass collection is wide-ranging, but they focus on Greentown glass (1894-1903), British commemorative glass (1837-1937), and glass made by the Royal Glass Co. in Marietta (1898-1903).

Kent State University Museum is the home of the Tarter/Miller Collection of American Glass.  Jabe Tarter and Paul Miller of Akron, Ohio, collected over 10,000 pieces of American glass.  Their generous gift, the second in the history of the museum, has endowed a gallery devoted to exhibitions drawn from their extensive collection.

Media Contact: Jean Druesedow, 330-672-3450,


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