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2022 Calendar of Events

Special Exhibit:

“Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885)”

This exhibit celebrates the life and accomplishments of President Grant, with a particular focus on First Lady Julia Dent Grant’s decorating and entertaining in the White House. The exhibit includes examples of the glassware service ordered from the Dorflinger Glass Company for the 1874 White House wedding of the Grants’ daughter Nellie, as well as the French State porcelain service and a remarkable “Rose Medallion” export porcelain service ordered by Julia Grant. The exhibit also includes memorabilia from the Grant White House years and from their subsequent World Tour. Most of the objects in the exhibit are on loan from an extensive private collection and are rarely seen.

Exhibit: through December 15, 2022


Special Exhibit:

“Dorflinger Color!”

This exhibit includes some of the finest examples of Dorflinger’s work in color beginning in the 1850s in Brooklyn and continuing through the Brilliant Period (1876-1917). Most American Brilliant Period cut glass was made in colorless glass, making examples in color quite rare. The exhibit includes the earliest known example of Dorflinger glass, a Dorflinger family punch bowl believed to have been made by Christian Dorflinger in France in the mid-1840s. Also included are rare examples of multi-color stemware. Many of the objects in this exhibit are on loan from four private collections, making this a rare opportunity to see some of Dorflinger’s finest color work in a single exhibit.

Exhibit: through December 15, 2022


Special Exhibit:

“A Dining Table Set with Dorflinger’s Kalana Art Glass from the J. Raymond Moran Collection”

Back by popular demand, this exhibit features a dining table with place settings and serving pieces in the Kalana Poppy pattern. The glass tableware in this exhibit is part of a generous gift to the Dorflinger Factory Museum by J. Raymond Moran of his extensive collection of Dorflinger Kalana art glass. Dorflinger produced the Kalana line of art glass from 1909-1915. Unlike the cut glass in which designs were cut into the glass using metal and stone wheels, Dorflinger’s Kalana art glass designs were etched onto the glass using hydrofluoric acid. The glass tableware produced by this process was light and delicate, with numerous floral designs reflecting elements of the Art Nouveau movement. This exhibit presents a rare opportunity to see an entire table setting using one of Dorflinger’s most popular art glass lines.

Exhibit: opens June 15, 2022; through September 18, 2022


Walter B. Barbe Memorial 2022 Lecture Series

The Museum is pleased to announce its 2022 lecture series. This year’s series includes eleven lectures during the summer and fall on a wide range of topics from suffragists to European immigration in Northeast Pennsylvania to opera. As in the past, we have assembled an interesting group of lectures on art, the history of the region and, of course, glass. The lectures will take place at 2:00 PM on Sunday afternoons and are open to the public. There is no charge for Dorflinger Factory Museum members; there is a $5.00 charge for nonmembers, which includes free admission to the Museum. All lectures will be held in the Blue Room of the Dorflinger Cutting Shop.

May 15, 2022, 2:00 P.M.

Jim Asselstine, Director, Dorflinger Factory Museum
Dorflinger Color!

This lecture will accompany the Museum’s special exhibit
on Dorflinger glass in color. The lecture will be followed by
a guided tour of the new exhibit.

May 22, 2022, 2:00 P.M.

Kurt Reed, Curator, Dorflinger Factory Museum
Christian Dorflinger, the Early Years.

June 12, 2022, 2:00 P.M.

Kurt Reed, Curator, Dorflinger Factory Museum
Letters Home: Letters from a Dorflinger Workman.

June 26, 2022, 2:00 P.M.

John Revak
Northeastern Pennsylvania in 3D.

July 10, 2022, 2:00 P.M.

Jim Asselstine, Director, Dorflinger Factory Museum
Building the Dorflinger Factory Museum’s Collection of Dorflinger Glass.

July 24, 2022, 2:00 P.M.

Sarah Piccini, Assistant Director, The Lackawanna Historical Society
From Suffragists to Senators: 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage and
Political Action.

August 7, 2022, 2:00 P.M.

Robert Savakinus
Remembering Rocky Glen Park.

August 21, 2021, 2:00 P.M.

Mary Ann Moran Savakinus, Director, The Lackawanna Historical Society
European Immigration in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

September 18, 2022, 2:00 P.M.

Chet Cassel, leading cut glass dealer and researcher
Elements of Design Changes in American Brilliant Cut Glass:
How Cut Glass Patterns Changed Over Time and Why, Part 2.
This is a continuation of Chet’s fascinating lecture last year.

October 16, 2022, 2:00 P.M.

Peter Wynne
Opera in America: 225 Years and Counting, Part 2.
This is a continuation of Peter’s fascinating lecture last year.

October 30, 2022, 2:00 P.M.

Juan Espino
Silk and Glass: The Belmonts and the Dorflingers.


Dorflinger White Mills Brilliant Weekend

The Dorflinger Factory Museum will hold its annual White Mills Brilliant Weekend on September 29 through October 2, 2022. The Brilliant Weekend includes an opening reception in the Dorflinger Factory Museum, a Dorflinger Glass Symposium featuring a day of lectures, a banquet, and a Glass Dealer Show and Sale with five of the leading cut glass dealers in the country. Advance registration is required for the Brilliant Weekend, and there is a registration fee of $125 per person, which includes all event activities. Additional details on the lecture program and registration materials for the event are available here.