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WHO WE ARE

The Fostoria Glass Society of America, Inc. is a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation formed to acquire and disseminate detailed knowledge concerning Fostoria Glass, and to establish and maintain a museum for housing and displaying Fostoria glass.

HOW THE SOCIETY WORKS

There is a fifteen member Board of Directors; five officers, a representative of each authorized chapter (not to exceed ten chapters) of the Society elected by the members of the Chapters, and at-large directors elected by the voting members serving four year, staggered terms. Officers are elected for two-year terms and Board Members are elected to serve four-year terms. Elections are held by mailed ballot prior to the annual June Convention where election results are announced. The Board of Directors meet quarterly, and quarterly meetings are held for the General Membership. Board of Directors and all committee meetings are open to the voting members.

MEMBERSHIP

There are three classes of membership: Voting, Honorary, and Founder/Charter.

Voting

Voting members have all the benefits of membership plus the additional opportunity to become board members and vote on Society business.

Honorary

A membership given to someone by the board in recognition for special services or dedication to our Society.

Founder/Charter

Those persons who were in attendance at the organizational meeting of the Society held June 24-25, 1980 in Moundsville, West Virginia shall be known as Founding Members. Those persons who joined the Society between June 26, 1980 and December 31, 1980 shall be known as Charter Members.

Printable Membership Application

BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP

Facets of Fostoria - a 20 page newsletter published six times per year which contains the business of the Society plus interesting articles on Fostoria glass and other materials. Back issues of the Facets are available for a small fee.

Opportunity to attend quarterly meetings.

Opportunity to purchase souvenirs, memorabilia, and research helps sold through the Society.

Opportunity to support the Fostoria Glass Museum through donations of money, glass, or time.

Opportunity to participate in an annual June Auction to benefit the Fostoria Glass Museum.

Opportunity to attend the annual Convention.

Opportunity to join a study club - FGSA currently boasts affiliate study clubs in West Virginia, Texas, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. Any group of Fostoria collectors can apply to form such a study club in their area. The club must follow a few simple guidelines set by the National Organization. All members of study must hold a current membership in F.G.S.A..  Any questions may be directed to the Fostoria Glass Society of America, Inc., PO Box 826, Moundsville, WV 26041.

Download  the  form from this site to join the Fostoria Glass Society of America, Inc. You will be affiliated with a dedicated and enthusiastic group of collectors.

Printable Membership Application

HISTORY OF THE FOSTORIA GLASS COMPANY  1887 - 1986

The Fostoria Glass Company began operations in Fostoria, Ohio, on December 15, 1887. This site was chosen because natural gas at a recently opened field in the area had been offered at a very low cost to attract new industries. However, the field was so short-lived that in 1891, Fostoria moved to Moundsville, West Virginia, where there was an abundance of gas and coal, and other needed materials were close by.

During its first ten years, Fostoria made pressed ware, but early in the 20th century Fostoria realized the importance of developing fine quality blown stemware.

In 1924 the company was one of the first to start a program of national advertising, and the first to produce complete dinner services in crystal. Besides their regular line of blown, etched and pressed patterns they did custom work such as providing glass with government seals for officials in Washington. All the presidents from Eisenhower through Reagan ordered glassware from them. At one time Fostoria was the largest maker of handmade glassware in the United States, employing nearly 1000 people.  The AMERICAN pattern, introduced in 1915, is still being produced by Lancaster Colony (who bought the Fostoria company in 1983), making it the most successful pattern in the history of glass making. Fostoria's business peaked in 1950 when they made over 8 million pieces of glass.

In 1986, after struggling with an outmoded plant and foreign competition, Lancaster Colony was forced to close the Fostoria Company, ending nearly 100 years of glass making.

MUSEUM - The Anna B. Smith House

In 1903, Charles and Birdie Burchinal purchased a large portion of the block bounded by 6th Street and Tomlinson Avenue in Moundsville and began building a house. Unable to finish the house, on August 22, 1908 the Burchinal's sold 12 parcels including the lot and house to William H. and Maria Batson. One year later, Anna Belle Smith or "Ma Smith" as she became known, purchased the house, had it completed, and moved in with her three daughters and two sons-in-law. The house remained the property of "Ma Smith" until 1942, and has since been used as offices, a residence, and finally as the Masonic Lodge. Fostoria Glass Society of America, Inc. agreed to purchase the property in 1988, and completed payments for ownership in 1990.

The museum is open:
Wednesday through Saturday from 1pm - 4pm, except holidays. Closed December, January and February
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Telephone (304) 845-9188.

 
Mailing address: Fostoria Glass Society of America
PO Box 826
Moundsville, WV 26041