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Online Virtual Annual Meeting 2021


Zoom Meeting October 15th and 16th, 1PM to 3PM EDT each day

Please save the dates of October 15th and 16th for the TCC’s 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting. With our membership spread across the globe, there is only a limited period each day when most members are up and about at the same time – approximately 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight time in the US. Spreading the meeting over two days will allow us to include a variety of virtual tours and presentations within this window of time that is workable for most members.

Eleanor and David Gestler Collection

The program will include a visit to the wonderful and extensive Eleanor and David Gestler Collection in western Pennsylvania. Dave and his late wife Eleanor built the collection over decades with annual trips to the UK to seek out additional pieces. While Eleanor collected and cataloged transferware, Dave built more and more cases to display the collection in. We will talk with Dave and daughters Kim and Carol, all TCC members and regular attendees at the Annual Meeting, about Eleanor and the collection. We may also get a glimpse of Dave’s extensive Early American Pressed Glass collection! A live Q&A session with the Gestlers will follow the video presentation.

Donald Essman/Dow Farm Collection

We will also take a look at the Donald Essman/Dow Farm Collection in southern Maine. Don Essman and his husband Mike Bendzela have partnered with Dow family descendants over 45 years on the museum-quality restoration of the 1760’s farmhouse with 19th century additions and alterations. Along the way, a collection of transferware pieces in a variety of patterns has been assembled. Some of the patterns are documented to have been in the house historically and others chosen because they are appropriate to the restored period rooms. This will be a wonderful opportunity to see British transferware displayed in restored rooms as it was seen and used in the United States in the mid-19thcentury.

Visit the shop of long-time transferware dealers Dennis and Ann Berard

Also on the agenda is a visit to the remarkable shop of long-time transferware dealers Dennis and Ann Berard. The TCC Annual Meeting has always included a transferware sale, with a number of dealer members offering a wide range of items for attendees to purchase. It is not practical to hold a sale with the online virtual Annual Meeting, but we can have a conversation with Dennis and Ann about their many years as transferware dealers and get a look at the astounding variety of transferware pieces in their stock.

Annual Business Meeting

A brief Annual Business Meeting will be on the agenda. It will include reports from the Treasurer and Membership Secretary; updates on the TCC Database, Transferware Worldwide lecture series, the Richards Research Grant program, and the TCC website and social media activities; and election of Board members for the next year.

I hope you will be able to join us for all or part of the 2021 virtual Annual Meeting and look forward to seeing many of you in-person at the 2022 Annual Meeting!