Glass Museum Project Nearing Completion

The Historical Glass Museum Foundation is nearing completion of the restoration of the Marten Andersen house, the, future home of the Contemporary Glass Museum and Millennium Art Glass Gallery.

The non-profit foundation asks for the support of local companies, service groups, clubs or individuals to sponsor the completion of one of the five remaining projects that need to be done before the foundation can receive an occupancy permit from the city.

Museum president Frank Herendeen is hoping that "a local club or group will step up to the plate and sponsor the construction of an ADA-required wheelchair ramp at rear entrance to the new museum."

Additional projects for which volunteers are needed include the sanding and refinishing of the floors in the two-story 1888 Victorian house, the donation of a 36-inch door for the handicapped-accessible bathroom, installing a tile floor in the bathroom, and carpeting in three rooms in the house.

Grand opening for the new museum is scheduled for this spring. The present Historical Glass Museum will display American-made glass from the 19th century though the mid-20th century.

The new Contemporary Glass Museum will focus on American and European Glass from the mid-20th century to 21st century art glass. The museum will feature the works of 21st-century glass artists in its Millennium Art Glass Gallery in addition to a glass research library and a classroom for monthly meetings and programs for schools and adults.

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