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Canadian glassware still cherished 100 years later

From Niagara This Week:

A century after WJ Hughes first began pedalling his glassware, collectors are still crazy for Corn Flower.

The glass pieces etched with the distinct flower design have bidders going into war at auction — which is no bother to organizers of the annual What’s In Your Attic auction in support of McNally House. For the last three years the hospice has benefitted from the appeal of this rare bit of Canadiana and this year will be no different.

Corn Flower Festival returns for its 15th year

From Orangeville.com:

One of the area’s greatest claims to fame will be celebrated at the Dufferin County Museum and Archives.

On Sunday, June 2, the annual Corn Flower Festival returns for its 15th year.

Between 1940 and 1980, nearly every Canadian household was home to a piece of Corn Flower glass, the creation of Amaranth native W.J. Hughes, according to the museum’s curator Wayne Townsend.

“It is a big claim to fame,” Townsend said. “It’s hard to find anyone other than prime ministers where everybody instantly recognizes the name.”

Each year, upwards of 300 people visit the museum to view its collection of more than 1,200 pieces of Corn Flower glass.

Corn Flower Festival returns to the museum

From the Orangeville Banner:

The Dufferin County Museum & Archives’ (DCMA) annual Corn Flower Festival is returning for its 14th year.

The exhibit, held June 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will focus on showing the museum’s “stuff.”

More than 600 pieces of glass will be displayed during the event, including the museum’s coloured blanks collection dating back to 1920.

Museum Matters

From the Orangeville Citizen:

How does Dufferin celebrate its heritage? Traditionally, by involving the entire community and by celebrating all year long! The staff of the Dufferin County Museum and Archives are looking forward to 2009. Why? Because they are planning events and programs for the whole community for the whole year to celebrate their 15th anniversary at the site on Airport Road in Mulmur Township.

To start, the entire facility will have new exhibits for 2009. First, opening in February, Corn Flower:, “Decades of Design” will feature the DCMA’s nationally known W. J. Hughes Corn Flower collection showcased with fashion items dating from the early 1920s to the 1980s. The exhibit features everything from sleek geometric deco to the free form styles of the swinging 1960s.