Mount Vernon Glass Company History Talk Sept 19


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Excavations at Mt Vernon Glass Co siteA talk on the Mount Vernon Glass Company in Vernon, NY has been set for Wednesday, September 19th, at 5:30 pm at the Oneida County History Center.

The Mount Vernon Glass Company was a major glass bottle factory of early Upstate New York. Mark Yates and Richard Strunk will share the history of this little-known business in Central NY, the products made at this site, the significance of company’s success, and findings of recent archeological excavations. The presenters will share their years of research and show examples of many of the glass products that were manufactured at this site.

Mark Yates lives in Cazenovia NY and is a long time antique bottle collector and researcher. He is an Environmental Consultant at Colden Corporation and SGD Environmental Services. He currently serves as Vice President, librarian, and newsletter editor of the Empire State Antique Bottle Collector’s Association. Mark has authored numerous articles and given presentations on CNY antique bottles and other collecting topics.

Richard Strunk lives in Palatine Bridge, NY, and is the owner of Windy Hill Restorations, which specializes in historic building restoration. Rich has a BA. In anthropology and has worked as a professional archeologist for many years. Rich has specialized in collecting and researching the Mount Pleasant Glassworks near Saratoga Springs. Together, Mark and Rich have spent the last 10 years focused on researching the Mount Vernon Glass Co.

The Oneida County History Center is located at 1608 Genesee Street, Utica. This program takes place in the center’s main gallery, doors open at 5:00 pm; presentation starts at 5:30 pm.

The Oneida County History Center, formerly the Oneida County Historical Society, is a private 501(c) (3) not-for-profit educational institution and is dedicated to preserving history and promoting the culture of the Greater Mohawk Valley. Admission to this program is free for the general public; donations are encouraged. Contact the center at (315) 735-3642 or visit the OCHC website for additional information.

Photo of Excavations at Mt. Vernon Glass Co. site provided.

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