Museum to unveil Tarentum Glass donation
Five boxes are patiently waiting to be opened at Alle-Kiski Valley Historical Society Heritage Museum in Tarentum.
Inside is a collection of glass vases, bowls, cups and plates manufactured by Tarentum Glass Co., some dating back to the 1890s.
The glassware will be unveiled at the Tarentum Glass Unwrapping Party at 2 p.m. Jan. 28 at the museum.
The 100-piece collection was donated by a man from Massachusetts who wishes to remain anonymous. He is a Harvard graduate who contacted the museum because he was downsizing and doesn't have room for all of the glass he's collected for the past 50 years.
All of the pieces are from the Harvard Yard pattern created by Tarentum Glass, and since they were made in Tarentum, the donor felt it would be the best place for them to reside. He made sure each piece was individually wrapped, paid for them to be shipped in November, and also gave money to help build a case for the pieces.
Each piece will be carefully unpacked and unwrapped to unveil the treasures tucked inside. Each will be discussed, as will stories of Tarentum's rich glass industry be shared.
“We will un-box them during the event,” says Jim Thomas, president of the Alle-Kiski Valley Historical Society board. “That will be the exciting part, because we don't know what is inside the boxes.”
If there are duplicates, Thomas says they could be sold.
Tarentum Glass Co. began operations in the late 1800s and closed in 1918.
The unwrapping starts at 2 p.m. Jan. 28 at the museum at 224 East 7th Ave. A $5 donation is suggested. Details: 724-224-7666 or akvhs.org