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February 24, 2000
CONTACTS: Judith Proffitt or
Catherine Rogers Arthur
homewood@jhunix.hcf.jhu.edu, 410-516-5589

The History and Mystery of Glass:
A Homewood House Museum Symposium

Homewood House Museum will hold a symposium on the history and "mystery" of glass from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 24, in the Garrett Room of the Eisenhower Library, adjacent to Homewood House, on the campus of the Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles Street in Baltimore. The symposium is held in conjunction with its exhibition, Bubble to Bottle, Pontil to Prism: Early Glass in Maryland, 1785 to 1835.

Lecturers for the day's program are Todd Hufnagel, Hopkins assistant professor of materials science; Amanda Lange, associate curator at Historic Deerfield in Massachusetts; Mary Cheek Mills, glass scholar and consultant for Winterthur Museum in Delaware and Sotheby's American Arts Program; and Dennis Zembala, director of the Baltimore Museum of Industry.

Hufnagel will present "So What is Glass, Anyhow? It's Not Very Clear," a slide lecture on the physical properties of glass and the differences between crystal and glass. Lange will address the economic effects of the Jeffersonian Embargo and the War of 1812 on domestic glass industries in her talk, "Glass and Glasshouses in Federal America." Mills will give a talk called "Old Bremen Success and the New Progress: John Frederick Amelung and the New Bremen Glassmanufactory." Finally, Zembala will look at the impact of mold forming on mass production in Baltimore's glass production in his talk, "The Transformation of Glassmaking from Craft to Industry."

A lunch break from noon to 1:30 p.m. will allow for tours of Homewood House and the glass exhibition. The cost of the symposium is $40 for members and $50 for non- members. Box lunches are available for $8.50 by calling in advance. For reservations or information, call 410-516-5589.

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