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Identifying Wheeling-Made Objects in your Collection
September 8 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wheeling is the single place in western Virginia and West Virginia where large quantities of consumer goods were manufactured since its first settlement in the late 18th century. Its location plus large quantities of diverse raw materials enabled craftsmen and manufacturers to produce various wares which today’s museums and private collectors consider to be desirable antiques.
An easy perusal of various sources show that there were at least 37 glasshouses, 25 iron foundries and factories, 21 furniture makers, 18 potteries, 13 silversmiths, one pewterer and one calico dyer, in addition to presently unknown craftsmen. In recent years, there were other products which were contained in packages with Wheeling’s name on them.
This workshop will examine, identify and discuss various examples of this mass of production.
You are welcome to bring your Wheeling-made items (or those you question whether or not they were made in Wheeling) for show-and-tell or for Jim to talk about.
Registration is required. WVAM member: $10 WVAM non-member: $20. Lunch is included in registration fee. You must register through Eventbrite or call Bekah at 304-232-3087 to register!!
Biography of presenter:
JAMES R. MITCHELL is the Curator of The W. V. State Museum in The Culture Center in Charleston. As a professional Decorative Arts and Technological History curator for 50 years, he has worked for the State Museums in Wisconsin, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, as well as The Bennington (Vt.) Museum and the defunct Carborundum Museum of Ceramics in Niagara Falls, New York. He has also been a museum director twice. He has a BA in History from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, of which he is a native. He has an MA from the University of Delaware in the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture and an MS in Public Administration from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. He is a lapidary, sempster, woodworker and an amateur musician, singing and playing bass instruments.
- September 8
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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