Photo Gallery Post: Exploring the Contents of the Heritage Glass Museum

My last post discussed the Whitney Brothers Glassworks, and how its owners Thomas and Samuel Whitney controlled Glassboro’s economy with the factory. With the help of the Heritage Glass Museum in Glassboro, I learned about how glass making in Glassboro started. In the end, I aimed to help give you the reader the most information possible.

I enjoyed visiting the museum. Walking in, I was taken back to yesteryear by the displays of glass pieces that date back to the 1800s. I also saw many pieces that are newer pieces made from different factories. I enjoyed my visit. So I decided to go back for another, and take you the readers along.

This past Wednesday, I went back to the Heritage Glass Museum to take some pictures. I hope you enjoy viewing the different glass pieces.

A colorful collection of glass bottles from the Clevenger Glassworks in Clayton NJ. Clayton is about 10 minutes from Glassboro. This collection ranges from 1972-1974. “When the factory closed, we got a lot of the bottles,” said Heritage Glass Museum Member Lynn Schoepske, 88, of Pitman NJ (Photo/Eric Conklin)
A collection of colorful glass bottles made at the Wheaton Glassworks in Millville NJ . Millville is located about a half-hour from Glassboro. According to Schoepske, the Wheaton Glassworks operates as Wheaton Village as of today.  (Photo/Eric Conklin)

 

Known as “Paperweights,” these pieces were designed by Paul Stankard. Stankard is an alumni of the glass making program at the Salem County Vocational Technical Institute in New Jersey, which is now Salem County College. He’s considered the “living master in the art of paperweight,” according to his webpage.  (Photo/Eric Conklin)
The glass making process originally started when glass was melted in the pot (left) and the molten glass was placed a blow stick. A mouth piece at the end of the stick allowed the maker to blow a bubble of molten glass. Once cooled down, the piece was crafted on a bench (right) to the desired shape. (Photo/Eric Conklin)
Three glass pieces blown in Vineland NJ by August Hofbauer. The pieces are apart of a small collection inside a small case in the right side of the museum. (Photo/Eric Conklin)
A closer view at the Poltical Series from the Wheaton Glassworks in Millville. If you look closely, you can see different faces of American presidents. (Photo/Eric Conklin)

 

A Jeny Lind/ Glass House Flask made at the Whitney Glassworks in Glassboro. This piece can be found in the case on the left side of the museum as you enter it. (Photo/Eric Conklin)

The museum is filled with historical pieces and artifacts. It’s run by a volunteer club, with members that are always willing to answer questions you may have. If you want to see these pieces in person, take a day off from work or classes and stop in.

The Heritage Glass Museum is located at 23 High St E. in Glassboro, NJ. Hours of operation are Wednesdays from 12-3pm and Saturdays from 11am-2pm.

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