National Duncan Glass Society
To collect information concerning the history, patterns, and manufacturing techniques of Duncan Glass, and to establish a museum or a permanent exhibit.
Programs and Services
- The National Duncan Glass Society owns the new Duncan and Miller Glass Museum and Gift Shop in Washington, PA. The museum showcases 115 years of Duncan glass produced from the Civil War through the Duncan Division at Tiffin, OH. Thousands of pieces of tableware, fluid lamps, and glass baskets from the Victorian age, Colonial Period, Art Deco, Depression Era and Mid Century Modern demonstrate the artistry and skill of ordinary men, women and children making beautiful utilitarian items.
- The new Duncan & Miller Museum display is all on one floor and ADA accessible. There is ample free parking. The museum is located close to the junction of US I-70 and I-79. The glass displays include Duncan glass, Ripley glass (1865-1874 when George Duncan was a major partner), Hazel- Atlas, Perfection, Highland, Tygart Valley, Brockway and Washington Company and related ephemera. Bakewell Glass from 1810 is currently featured in the rotating display case for Pittsburgh area glass.
- There are two Period dining rooms; one Victorian and one Mid-Century Modern that demonstrate how the glass was used. One sees Early American Pattern Glass, mouth blown glass, soda lime pressed glass; and hand made. One follows the trends from EAPG, Colonial, Art Deco, Depression Era, and Mid Century Modern. The history of Duncan glass documents changing social customs (from a full formal table to buffet service), changes in food processing and availability, political upheaval and chemistry.
- Duncan & Miller worked closely with the War Production Board in WWII to not only continue making glass, but also assemble rockets, hand grenades, 6 million clay pigeons and glass for the Norden bomb sight. Many of the chemicals previously used in production were not available. Duncan & Miller improvised and produced more glass, and more jobs! Four generations of Duncan glass workers experienced recessions and success. At least one member of every local family worked at the “Duncan”.
- The NDGS presents two Antique and Collectible Shows, monthly Chapter meetings, local and National Zoom meetings, two sidewalk sales and hosts national glass conventions. It maintains an additional open storage collection, a travel collection for Outreach Programs, such as the 2 Duncan display booths at the Eastern National Shows in Carlisle, PA, interstate Welcome displays, & a display at the Citizens Library in Washington, PA. NDGS publishes a quarterly full color journal of original content.
Primary Revenue Sources
Events, donations, gift shop, programs
Primary Fundraising Event
WCCF Day of Giving
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