In 1975, a group of glass collectors, led by Betty Duncan Allison and Orva Heissenbuttel, met in the Citizens Library in Washington, PA, and formed The National Duncan Glass Society. The mission of the new organization was: "To collect information concerning the history, patterns and manufacturing techniques of Duncan and Miller Glass and to establish a museum or a permanent exhibit of Duncan and Miller glass." Two rooms in the Washington County Historical Society, LeMoyne House, became the home for the young museum. For seventeen years a harmonious relationship was maintained.
The goal to establish a museum to preserve the rich history of Duncan and
Miller Glass to house a permanent exhibit was realized in 1992 when the Society
purchased an old building on Jefferson Ave. in Washington, PA not far from where
the Duncan and Miller factory once stood. Local members worked tirelessly to
remodel and upgrade the site. The museum opened on July 8, 1993. Today, the
members are proud of the museum and the stunning collection of glassware displayed there.
The generosity of the local collectors and enthusiasts from across the country,
and acquisitions made by the Society, continually add to the collection which
includes not only glassware, but glassmaking tools, molds and memorabilia.
The Duncan and Miller Glass Museum is a fascinating piece of American history.
The members of the National Duncan Glass Society are committed to preserving this
part of the past for the enjoyment and education of future generations.