The New Bedford Museum of Glass


The New Bedford Museum of Glass


Dear Mr. Meyer,

I was speaking with our mutual friend Ken Previtali at a recent glass lecture in Connecticut (Thomas Haunton’s talk on Clevenger glass), and he suggested that I get in touch with you relative to a library development project currently underway at the New Bedford Museum of Glass.

Our museum was opened to the public two years ago, and among our various projects we are working to expand our glass research library. Currently it numbers some 9,500 publications, but we are missing many back issues of newsletters, etc., published by glass collecting organizations. Several months ago we were contacted by the Early American Pattern Glass Society, which wanted to add us to their newsletter mailing list as a way to publicize their organization. I asked them about back issues, and a query published in their most recent issue allowed us to assemble a full set received from their generous members. Inspired by this success, we are approaching other organizations, including the National Greentown Glass Association, the Vaseline Glass Collectors, the Antique Glass Salt and Sugar Shaker Club, the Paperweight Collectors Association, and the National Toothpick Holder Collectors’ Society.

Oh yes, and also the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors.

Do you think the Federation would be willing to add our museum to its mailing list and help us to assemble a set of the Bottles and Extras publication? Whether or not this is possible, we would be happy to add a link to your organization on our website.

I look forward to hearing from you, and hope you might be able to stop in to see the new glass museum, should your travels bring you out this way.

Kirk J. Nelson
President and Executive Director
New Bedford Museum of Glass
61 Wamsutta St.
New Bedford, MA 02740


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About Ferdinand Meyer V

Ferdinand Meyer V is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and has a BFA in Fine Art and Graphic Design from the Kansas City Art Institute and School of Design. Ferdinand is the founding Principal of FMG Design, a nationally recognized design consultation firm. Ferdinand is a passionate collector of American historical glass specializing in bitters bottles, color runs and related classic figural bottles. He is married to Elizabeth Jane Meyer and lives in Houston, Texas with their daughter and three wonderful grandchildren. The Meyers are also very involved in Quarter Horses, antiques and early United States postage stamps. Ferdinand is the past 6-year President of the Federation of Historical Bottle Collectors and is one of the founding members of the FOHBC Virtual Museum.
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